“How the Gospel Changes Us“, could also be called, “How to Be Sure You Interpret the Gospel as God Intended it to Be in Order to Be Truly Saved”.
This sermon is a rare and ernest call to the most basic reformation truth; That mankind is compelled to corrupt the true gospel, and how to recognize the difference.
Dr. Keller reveals that even as Christ was crucified between two thieves, the gospel is also theologically between two thieves.
Quoting the first century church father, Tertullian, Dr. Keller points out that one thief represents legalism, the belief that our deeds merit favor with God, and the other thief represents license, the belief that since Christ paid for our sins we can live anyway we want.
He says that both views skew the truth of the gospel to the right or the left, and both rob power from the gospel that is only released with Christ Centeredness.
Both sides appeal to self.
On the moralistic side , self wells up with pride at the belief that works merit favor with God.
The cross of Christ is seen as insufficient as the sole means of salvation, and is therefore supplemented with good works.
On the license side, self is driven by the pursuit of pleasure.
The cross of Christ is then taken for granted and used as an excuse to pursue selfish pleasure.
But the cross of Christ is not simply a balance between the two views , it is ,”something else”, and we are told that we do not have a natural category for the gospel.
We also learn that,”Truth without grace is not truth, and grace without truth is not grace.”
But Christ was full of grace and truth.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
It is my hope that this message will open your heart and mind to the need for the ,”Gospelization”, of all our Christian theology.
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