There is alot of discussion these days about the gospel – the good news. A few books have been written lately which seek to help explain what is and what is not included in “the gospel.” There have been blog posts and articles written about the gospel.
But could we still be missing “the gospel” for the most part? One blogger thinks so…
One can spend a lifetime reading about theology, digging deep into the ordo salutis, studying the great thinkers and preachers and writers of the church and miss the significance of the Gospel. It is spiritually unhealthy to spend all of our time talking about, thinking about and reading about the Gospel while not actually living as the Gospel commands us. We end up with spiritual bodies that have giant brains and bodies withered away from atrophy.
Think about that: Facts about Jesus Christ or about the gospel (even true facts) are NOT the gospel.
Or, as Arthur emphasizes later in his post, “We can get so caught up in studying the Gospel that we forget to live out the Gospel.”
I like the way that Paul put it when he wrote a letter to the believers in Colossae: “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6 ESV)
Apparently, “walking in Christ” was part of the gospel that Paul (and others) taught. I say “and others” because Paul had never been to Colossae. But he knew the gospel that Epaphras had brought to them.
This is something that I’ve been thinking about alot lately.
As you proclaim and teach the gospel, how are you including this “active” part of the gospel? How are you helping people understand that the gospel is not a set of facts, but a new way of life?