We Go Desparately Wrong

“Lovelessness,” “apathy,” and “habitual sin” are diagnoses of spiritual death.  We go desperately wrong, however, when we think we can fix those things by correcting our behavior.  Faith in the gospel is always God’s prognosis.

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

Three Reasons the New Testament Gives us Commands In Light of Living Under Grace…

Here are three reasons the New Testament still gives us commands [in light of the liberty given by grace]:

  1. The commandments enlighten our darkened hearts.
  2. Obedience to the commandments limits the damage of our sin.
  3. Disciplining ourselves to practice certain behaviors helps us develop a love for them.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 193-194

Evil Is Destroyed By Extravagant Grace

The person who receives your kindness in response to their sin is shocked into awareness.  Your kindness to them makes them see the absurdity of their selfish and helps awaken them to the blessings of relationship.

Only then, Paul says, will you overcome evil.  You can’t overcome evil in someone by paying them back.  You’ll only perpetuate it.  Your retaliation will produce more anger in them, and, in turn, more evil, if not toward you, toward someone else.  You destroy the evil in someone by showing them extravagant grace.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 116

There is Only One Word…

There is only one word I can think of to describe a God so absolutely perfect that one sin in His presence leads to immediately annihilation yet so tender in His compassion that He enters into our pain to rescue us: beautiful.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 95

Our User-Friendly God…

We often think we have done God a favor by down-playing the whole idea of His judgment.  Our user-friendly God does not punish sin.  He certainly doesn’t send people to hell.  But hell gives us a picture of the absolute perfection and beauty of GOd.  Hell is what hell is because that’s what sin against an infinitely beautiful and glorious God deserves.  Hell is not one degree hotter than our sin demands it to be.  Hell should make our mouths stand agape at the righteous, just holiness of God.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 93