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The permanency of the gospel


By colin - Posted on 04 October 2012

 

Permanency of the gospel


One of the precious truths that we receive from God’s word is the assurance of salvation and the permanency of the gospel. 

 

  1. The gospel begins in eternity past ‘in the heart of God before the foundation of the world.’
  2. The gospel is applies to our life by faith in Jesus alone as we repent, believe and cry out for salvation.
  3. The gospel is applied to our life daily. As believers we live lives that are fully dependent on Jesus for everything. Salvation is not a one-off prayer of repentance. It is a life of repentance and crying out for mercy. ‘The mark of a Christian is someone who daily repents.’ (Luther) and then relies on Jesus for everything he does, every moment of every day. This is our life… repent, pray for strength and grace, act in Jesus power and then praise him for his work in and through our life. Paul tells us in Colossians 1v29 ‘For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.’ “A man can no more take in a supply of grace for the future than he can eat enough today to last him for the next 6 months, nor can he inhale sufficient air into his lungs with one breath to sustain life for a week to come. We are permitted to draw upon God's store of grace from day to day as we need it.” - D. L. Moody.
  4. The gospel is the power of God to salvation to everyone who believes (Rom 1v16) for all of eternity. (Philippians 1:6 ESV) And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Ravi Zacharias tells of a man he met in Vietnam arrest for his faith and they set about brain washing him, to force him to stop preaching and turn him from Jesus. After a year and a half, he had enough- he went to bed that night and said to himself ‘tomorrow I’m going to get up and forget about Jesus; it is not worth it!’ That day he was assigned to clean out the toilet. Because the toilets didn’t flush paper down them one of his jobs was to lift all the paper that people had use for cleaning themselves – a disgusting job! However he noticed some paper with English on it, which he had been banned from reading, he wash it clean and put it in his pocket to read that night. Later, under his blanket with a light he read these words from Romans 8v35 -Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?... v38  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ He said ‘God would not let me go, not even for one day.
  5. The gospel will be our song and joy in eternity – We will sing in eternity of the lamb that was slain (Rev. 5v10) and in heaven ‘in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:7 ESV)

 


 

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