The Gospel: Redoubled Effort to Follow Moral Rules?

“What makes you faithful or generous is not just a redoubled effort to follow moral rules.  Rather, all change comes from deepening your understanding of the salvation of Christ and living out of the changes that understanding creates in your heart.  Faith in the gospel restructures our motivations, our self-understanding, our identity, and our view of the world.  Behavioral compliance to rules without heart-change will be superficial and fleeting.”

“The gospel is not therefore just the ABCs of the Christian life, but the A to Z of the Christian life.  Our problems arise largely because we don’t continually return to the gospel to work it in and live it out.  That is why Martin Luther wrote,  “The truth of the Gospel is the principle article of all Christian doctrine…most necessary is it that we know this article well, teach it to others, and beat it into their heads continually.”

Tim Keller, The Prodigal God (New York: Dutton, 2008), 118-119.

shane lems

sunnyside wa

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