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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Not the Gospel

 "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ."  - Romans 10:14-17 ESV


What I’m about to say may make you hostile
We may even part ways on bad terms after, but here goes…
YOU ARE NOT THE GOSPEL.
There. I said it.
And even if you get mad, I still don’t regret it.
You know why? Because…
YOU ARE NOT THE GOSPEL.
In no way, shape, form, or fashion –
Your testimony may be impressive, homie
But it doesn’t mean much when we don’t come from the same background
Because…
YOU ARE NOT THE GOSPEL.
It’s not the songs you sing or how many you can bring to church
Or even the logos on your t-shirts
And I know by now you wanna hurt me, but it’s true…
YOU ARE NOT THE GOSPEL.
I don’t know how else to say it.
Sure, you love Jesus and you’re unashamed to say so
Well if that’s the case, then you need to stop hidin’ behind YOU and let it go
Because…
YOU ARE NOT THE GOSPEL.
And while we’re on the subject, neither are your political views
It doesn’t matter that you vote “conservative” in every election
Or how you interpret the evening news
My dude...
YOU ARE NOT THE GOSPEL
So let’s review…
Not me, not you, not Sproul, Piper, Calvin, Wesley, Arminius
Or, dare I say, Luther
And just in case you’re wondering, I’m pretty sure they’d all agree with me too…
YOU ARE NOT THE GOSPEL.

Or at this point, maybe I should say “we”
Because none of us had anything to do with hangin’ from a tree
Except for the fact that we are the cause of it
It’s not what we’re about
But what we should proclaim with our mouths
With no fear…Let ‘em hear it

Good news. THE GOSPEL IS

GOD
Seeing mankind in his fallen state
And saving him from the punishment due
By sending His own son to take their place
GOD
While we were still at odds (enemies, to be exact)
Doing the best thing that could’ve ever happened
To save us from something worse than we could ever imagine
GOD
Father, Son and Spirit in eternity past
Making within Himself a covenant
To ensure that it would come to past
GOD
Knowing that the Devil wanted us dead
He sent the Son of Man to put a boot to his head
And crush him
GOD
Allowing the Son to be bruised
So that He could raise him three days later
Now those who believe are safe in Him, never refused

You see, there’s no need for any extra
It doesn’t need anything added to it
And doesn’t need your life to make up the Et cetera, Et cetera
We are nothing more than beggars, messengers and recipients
So the only thing left for us to do is to just believe and repent.

“For while we were still weak, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly.”
Does this have anything to do with what you’ve done? Hardly.
Because…
 YOU ARE NOT THE GOSPEL


"The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead."  - Acts 17:22-34 ESV


Soli Deo Gloria,
Shon
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