The Gospel Cure Us of Fear, Dissatisfaction and Pride

Gospel change is the Spirit of God using the story of God to make the beauty of God come alive in our hearts.  Having our eyes opened to see our part in the story creates in us a love for God that is strong enough to finally drive out our attraction to other idols.  The gospel cures us of fear, dissatisfaction and pride.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 64

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The Preaching of the Law Produces Only Pharisees

The preaching of the law produces only Pharisees.  They might be Pharisees who fast twice a week, tithe their spices and cumin, and refuse to walk more than a certain amount of steps on the Sabbath.  Or they might be Pharisees who give away lots of money, adopt children and go on missions trips.  Either way, they are only Pharisees.  Their focus is on external change while their hearts are filled with poison.  They are immaculately obedient tombs.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 52

When Zacchaeus Tasted God’s Grace

Zacchaeus was not changed by a command of Jesus but by an experience with Jesus.

When Zacchaeus tasted of God’s grace, he transformed from a man of greedy exploitation to one of lavish, exuberant, bubbly generosity.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 62