Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Trouble About Only


This is a fascinating sermon to consider regarding the sufficiency of Jesus to save us. The reason I consider "only" so important in our understanding of the Gospel is that the message of salvation "by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone," is what puts to death our old nature and raises up a new person. (If you didn't read this post, I recommend you read it before listening to this sermon.) Either my will is necessary for salvation or it's the very thing that most needs to be saved. And by saved I mean KILLED! Put to death, so a new person can be raised from the dead who believes and therefore bears the fruit of repentance and faith. The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation.
Can you see it? Can you see that the death of Jesus Christ is your death? He has died in your place! He has done it. He is God happening to you. It is all over, finished, between you and God! He died in your place that death which you must die; he has done it in such a way as to save you. He has borne the whole thing! The fact that there is nothing left for you to do is the death of self and new birth of the new creature. He died to make a new creature of you...to raise you up to trust God alone. Gerhard O Forde
The Trouble about "Only" - Rm 3:21-28 - Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora CO, Podcast Bible Gateway passage: Romans 3:21-28 - English Standard Version

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