Apart from Grace, We Can’t Come To Terms With Our Mortal Wound

Apart from God’s grace, we cannot come to terms sufficiently with our mortal wound or enter into the genuine revelry and mirth of God’s kingdom.  Denying our sin (not just sins, but our sinful condition), we’re too silly for a funeral; finding the gospel foolish, we are too timid for a real celebration.  “Repent, and believe the Good News”; this command forms the two aspects of conversion: repentance toward sin and faith toward God.  After the funeral there is dancing.  In repentance, we say no to idols, powers, rulers and lies of this present evil age and in faith we say yes to Christ, “in whom all of God’s promises are ‘Yes!’ and ‘Amen!’ (II Corinthians 1:20)

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 117-118


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