It’s been a crazy ride the past couple of years watching our oldest son, Calvin, grow into the walking, talking, ball of energy that he is now. Sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday when I held him in my arms listening to little baby sounds, or maybe I’m delirious and I’m really remembering his two month old baby brother, Joseph.
I wasn’t ever a huge fan of the Psalms growing up. It’s not like I hated them or thought them worthless or anything like that, because they’re just as inspired as the rest of Scripture, but I just didn’t understand them. Partly because it’s poetry and poetry just isn’t as straightforward as other forms of literature. But mostly because it seemed like every popular verse from Psalms seemed like it was pulled from la la land and put on some coffee cup to make people feel better.
So, I seem to always have people wonder about why I try to tie everything that is gospel back to the glory of God. Perhaps this is because of poor communication skills on my part, or maybe it’s because most people weren’t taught Scripture that way as they grew up in church. I honestly don’t think that I was taught that way, now that I think about it. It was all about God being a personal God and dying for our sins and living in our hearts…but it seemed to go from there to changing our behavior and then it just stopped. But the gospel is both about God’s glory and Him being a personal God, and they are inextricably linked.
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In 1517 Martin Luther penned the 95 Theses that revolutionized the Christian religion, and in turn, the world. It seems fitting that the first of his 95 these was this: “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, “Repent” (Mt 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”
As we continue this series, it’s important to remember where we left off. In the last post, we ended saying that
The proper understanding of the gospel should drive us to deep, deep humility and reliance on God (particularly those who claim to be Reformed). As such, this understanding should foster unity among the church.
If you’re new to the blog, you can catch the cliff notes version of Ephesians 2 before you continue reading.
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