In the previous blog (Learn the Gospel, Part 1) I said that the first task in learning the gospel is to be sure we know what the gospel is. The gospel is God’s plan to reconcile sinners to Himself for His glory and their good.
The gospel is called “good news” because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human begins, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I am not! God extends to us His grace in Christ to redeem us from our sins.
The question I’m posing is this, “How does a believer learn the gospel beyond an intellectual definition?” In other words, how does a believer come to learn, that is to possess a deep understanding, of the gospel.
I’ve asked this question to our Deacons and Yokefellows and to several other people. Here’s a list of responses: 1) By preaching; 2) through teaching in Sunday School and/or small group studies; 3) by personal daily Bible study; 4) by living the gospel out each day of our lives; 5) by sharing the gospel with others; and 6) by singing the gospel. Those are all great answers.
But here’s one on my list that may shock you! We learn the gospel when we sin.
The gospel encourages us by reminding us that God’s grace covers our every failure. No string of obedient days would bring us closer to God and no streak of bad days is going to condemn us.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). This does not mean we have a license to go out and sin so we can learn the gospel. But what it does mean is that when we sin, we experience the grace of God to forgive us.
The grace that justified us is the same grace that sanctifies us. Thank God for His amazing grace!