I really appreciated Colby’s words in his post last Thursday when he wrote, “Often we want to have a sermon fix things or teach us to live better without tying it to the gospel, but it is the gospel which changes lives. We slip from believing that it is the gospel of Jesus which shapes us in every area of our Christian faith; instead we want slogans and slick outlines.”  Certainly our preaching needs to be gospel-saturated and gospel-centered.  This sounds good and right, and it is good and right.  But, does it seem like an overstatement or slight exaggeration to you when you read a statement such as the one Colby made that encourages us to allow the gospel to shape us in every area of our faith and how we work out our faith?   It shouldn’t when we pause to consider that indeed all of God’s promises and purposes ultimately come back to Christ and His gospel.  What He did for us at Calvary roots our faith in the gospel and then calls us to live radically different lives than we lived before God changed us.

‘You are not your own.  You have been bought with a price.  Therefore, glorify God in your body.’  ‘I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  And the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.’  Our identity has fundamentally changed from being children of wrath to children of God.  The old man is eradicated and we are made a new creation in Christ.  So, with this change in identity also comes a change in purpose.  Our lives are no longer to be lived to make much of ourselves, but to make much of Jesus.  Paul summarizes it this way in Philippians 1:27, “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ.”  The way that we live ought to be a reflection of the truth that our citizenship is now in heaven.

So, as we continue in this series establishing that all of Scripture is about Jesus and therefore about the gospel, may the Spirit of God continue to move us to understand and apply the truth that all of life ought also to be shaped by Jesus and the gospel.

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