The Treasure Worth Leaving Everything For

Jesus is the treasure worth leaving everything for.  Knowing Him will turn sacrifice into sweetness and duty into delight.  Even when your commitment to Him leads you to a cross, He will be a treasure that shrouds that cross in joy.

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

A Weighty Joy

The cross is painful and the costs of discipleship are severe, but the joy of what you have obtained in Him so far outweighs any sorrow for what you have abandoned.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 241

We Must Not Interpret How God Feels About Us Based on Our Circumstances

We must not reinterpret how God feels about us based on our circumstances.  The cross settles forever how God feel about us, and the resurrection shows us how much power is using to bring about His good plan for our lives.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 184

Christ Did First, We Should Now

We make our wives beautiful by extending to them the grace of the cross.  This “washes them with the word” and helps form in them Christ-like character.  Christ did it for us, first; we do it for our wives second.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 118

The Cross Should Blow Our Minds

The grace of God extended to us at the cross should blow our minds.  We “stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene, and wonder how He could love me, a sinner condemned unclean.”

There is no way to understand what Jesus did for you, on a heart level, and not be radically changed.  Grace changes wee-little-stingy sinners into saints of magnificent generosity.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 68

The Gospel Prayer

In Christ, there is nothing I can do that would make You love me more, and nothing I have done that makes You love me less.

Your presence and approval are all I need for everlasting joy.

As you have been to me, so I will be to others.

As I pray, I’ll measure Your compassion by the cross and Your power by the resurrection.

 

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 44

God’s Love Revealed in the Mystery of the Cross

The one-way love of God is restorative and reconciling because in the mystery of His cross, God has neutralized the effects of sin, forgiven its offense, blotted out its stain, expiated its guilt and created a new beginning (Psalms 103:12)

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 1252

The Foolishness of God in the Cross is Wiser than the Wisdom of the World

The foolishness of God in the cross is wiser than the wisdom of the world.  The righteousness that avails before God is being claimed by the crucified and resurrected Christ.  It is not like accomplishing something but like dying and coming to life.  It is not like earning something but more like falling in love.  It is not the attainment  of a long-sought goal, the arrival at the end of a process, but the beginning of something absolutely new, something never before heard of or entertained…

Grace says, “Believe it” and everything — EVERYTHING! — is already done.  It is the creative Word of God.  If that doesn’t work then nothing will…The theologian of the cross knows that the love of God creates precisely out of nothing.  Therefore the sinner must be reduced to nothing in order to be saved…[This] is the hope of the resurrection.  God brings life out of death.  He calls into being that which is from that which is not.  In order that there be a resurrection, the sinner must die.  All presumption must be ended.  The truth must be seen

– Gerhard Forde

as quoted by Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 148

The Cross Makes a Mockery of our Many Attempts at Self-Salvation

The cross makes a mockery of our attempts to defend and deliver ourselves.  God provided a shocking remedy that both reveals and addresses the depth of our illness, our “sickness unto death.”

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 116

II Corinthians 5:21 Describes the Work of God

Second Corinthians 5:21 describes this work of God: “for he made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him.”  Martin Luther rightly  called this the great exchange. On the cross Jesus took our sinful on righteousness and gave us his sinless righteousness. In this, we have imputed righteousness and imparted righteousness. In the former, we are declared holy in the side of God. In the latter, we are empowered to live holy lives by the Spirit of God after being born again to live a new life in Christ. It is this truth that allows someone … to be free from the horror of [their] past from Christ, and to look with hope to her future with Christ.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 143