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

Getting the Gospel Right

We are changed not by being told what we need to do for God, but by hearing the news about what God has done for us.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 63

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

Worry…

Worry springs from not being convinced of a sovereign God’s absolute love for you.  Worry disappears when you realize that God loves you unfailingly and will let nothing interrupt His plans for your good.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 55-56

Both Satan and the Holy Spirit Will Point Out Your Sin

So get this clearly: both Satan and the Holy Spirit will point out your sin.  But they do so in entirely different ways and for entirely different purposes.  I’ve heard it like this:

Satan starts with what you did, and tears down who you are.  The Holy Spirit starts with what Christ has declared over you, and helps you rebuild what you did.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 51

Both Start with Unbelief in the Gospel

Pride leads to hardness of heart toward God and hatred of others.  Despair leads us to depression, fear, and indulgence in the lusts of the flesh.  This is the cycle he [Satan] loves to have us in.  Both start with unbelief in the gospel.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 51