The Glory of God in the Gospel-Centered Life
IT SEEMS LIKE THE GROUND IS SHAKING under our feet. If you are like me, you have been tempted to anxiety. My answer has been memorizing Psalm 46. It has been particularly helpful. The crucial line, that everyone knows, is verse 9, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted amongst the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” But the Psalm contains other, often overlooked, good news.
The context is shaking. “Though the earth give way, though the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its swelling” (Vs. 2-3). That is what it feels like right now. Everything is shaking. First the Covid virus, then the lock down, then the George Floyd death followed by lawless rioting, and most concerning, the unwillingness of government to protect life and property.
We are in the midst of big changes. The future is uncertain, and uncertainty always provokes fear.
But God’s word to Judy and me has been. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in time of Trouble” (Vs. 1). “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her. God will help her when morning dawns” (Vs 4-5). And verse 9 & 10. “He breaks the bow. He shatters the spear. He burns the chariots with fire. Be still and know that I am God.” Last, Ps. 46 twice reminds us of this precious truth. In the midst of shaking, when it feels like the foundations are collapsing, “The Lord of hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our fortress” (Vs. 7, 11).
Pray for us that we can take refuge in the God of this Psalm, pray for power to rest confident in the God that can carry us through the future, no matter what it holds.
This blog is about the gospel and how it influences every aspect of Christian life. Many Christians here the word, “gospel,” and think, that’s for beginners. I want to move on to the deeper truths. But this kind of thinking is a problem. Properly understood the gospel is the deepest truth in scripture. If you knew nothing about the Bible but the gospel, but knew it really well, you would have all the knowledge necessary for a life of godliness.
The gospel reconciles Old Testament and New. It is the center of the Bible. The Old Testament demonstrates the need for it . The Old Testament predicts it. Then the four gospels record the life and death of Jesus, the Messiah, which is the gospel. Last, the epistles look back on the gospels interpreting and applying them.
The gospel is also about ultimate issues. A display of the glory of God is God’s purpose for creation and redemption. The cross of Christ, the center of the gospel, is the greatest display of God’s glory in human history. It also displays the bankruptcy of man. In sum, the cross glorifies God and humbles humanity, and this is how it should be.
The gospel informs how married couples should relate, how they should raise their children, how they should relate to other Christians, why they should evangelize, and how they should conduct themselves in the market place. It’s all there for those who have eyes to see.
The gospel is the heart and soul of the Christian worldview. It explains how we got here, why life is often problematic, and the glorious hope that God has set before all true Believers.
These subjects and others, this blog will explore. Occasionally we will address culture and politics, but the main subject will be the gospel and its application.
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IT SEEMS LIKE THE GROUND IS SHAKING under our feet. If you are like me, you have been tempted to anxiety. My answer has been memorizing Psalm 46. It has been particularly helpful. The crucial line, that everyone knows, is verse 9, “Be still and know that I am God. I...
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