Gospel of Grace Alone 50

Galatians 1:6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news about the Person of Christ who is the shining forth of the glory of God and of what He has done and is doing. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not a canned message that mentions the cross and then gets people to pray a prayer or walk an aisle or sign a card, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news of what Christ will do not based on what He has done to save sinners. It is not just that people need to believe that there was a person in the past named Jesus, but they must have as their central and core belief that Jesus Christ is Lord. The Gospel is not just that people must come to intellectually believe the facts that Jesus Christ died on the cross, but that God in human flesh had the sins of all who would ever believe imputed to Him and that His suffering was in their place and that the wrath of God was satisfied.

The Gospel of grace alone has to do with the fact that God sent the Son because of who He is and not because of anything desirable about sinners. The Son came out of love for the Father and not because there was anything worthy or meritorious about sinners. The Son purchased the Holy Spirit for His people because in this the glory of God is manifested. The One God who exists in three Persons manifests the glory of His grace in saving sinners. This is really, really good news. The Gospel is all about the glory of God shining forth in Christ and how Christ has accomplished the salvation of sinners from beginning to end. The Gospel is how Christ has purchased the Holy Spirit who applies salvation to sinners from beginning to end. For all those poor sinners who see that they have done nothing but sin their whole lives and have never had anything close to one perfect work, it is great news to see that the whole Gospel is of grace at all points and in all ways.

The Gospel of the glory of God that is all of grace teaches us that sinners must not even try to work up faith in order for Christ to come and save them, but instead this Gospel of grace alone teaches us that Christ brings faith to sinners in and of Himself. The modern day seems to think that it is acceptable to have the sinner have faith and then have Christ, which means that the sinner must come up with faith without Christ and then receive Christ on the basis of that faith. But can one have faith without having Christ? We are really left with two choices in the matter. Either faith brings Christ or Christ brings faith. When it is put that way, it would seem as if there is really only one of those that protects and sets out the Gospel of grace alone.

If we are to contend for a Gospel of grace alone that (by definition must be to be by grace alone) is free of all merit and conditions to be fulfilled by men in their own strength, then we must also contend for a Christ who brings faith with Him. If we are to speak of effectual grace and irresistible grace in a biblical sense, then we must speak of an effectual Christ and an irresistible Christ. The Gospel of grace alone is also the Gospel of Christ alone and the Gospel of the glory of God alone. If we are to have a Gospel that fits with exquisite beauty and glory with those vital teachings of Scripture, then we have a Gospel where faith comes to sinners by Christ and in Christ. This is a Gospel where we can tell poor sinners that Christ will bring them faith rather than sinners needing to have faith to bring to Christ.

The Gospel of Christ alone and grace alone to the glory of God alone is a Gospel where God shines forth in His self-sufficiency and His self-sufficient grace. This is a Gospel where nothing is needed from the sinner except to be a sinner that has realized his or her own utter insufficiency and inability to do anything. Therefore, this sinner can do nothing but plead for mercy and grace. As Jesus taught, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Indeed, poor sinners who have no strength in themselves can have great hope for faith because Christ brings faith by grace alone. There is no boasting of anything but boasting in Christ and in His grace.

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