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Jul

20

2010

The Good News of the Love of God

Started reading Counsel from the Cross this week and wanted to share some quotes.

The gospel of Jesus Christ--that we are all more sinful and flawed than we ever dared believe but more loved and welcomed than we ever dared hope...

[Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Dennis E. Johnson, Counsel from the Cross,
 (Wheaton: Crossway, 2009), 49]

Defining the gospel wasn't even the main point of the sentence. The main point of the sentence was that the gospel is meant to be lived out in relationships. But what a wonderful compact definition! 

In a later chapter, we get another superb definition:

God's love is simply this: a passionate, unwavering, joyous determination to do us good and to bestow upon our souls eternal happiness, no matter what the cost.

(Counsel 60)

One more on what "cost" this love went to to "do us good":

God set his love upon undeserving sinners by turning his back on his deserving Son--all because he loves.

(Counsel 65)

Subtitle of the book: "Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ." Almost half-way through and it has been true to this theme. Strong on the gospel message. Strong on the centrality of grace. Strong on the seriousness of sin. Strong on the love of God, both as the foundation of our acceptance with God, as well as the fountain of transforming grace as a Christian--it is by inward transformation in response to his love that we grow in love. His gracious acceptance of us is the fountain of joy and love that leads to wholeness and obedience.

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