Gospel Gap-Fillers #3: The Present Benefits of Christ

We looked at some of the attractive gospel replacements that subtly twist motives and affections for Christ to distorted reductions of the work of Christ.  The next few posts will look at what should fill the gap between the true gospel and genuine life change for God’s glory. Again, the posts will quote from Paul Tripp and Tim Lane’s book  How People Change.

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3. The Present Benefits of Christ

The Christian hope is more than a redemptive system with practical principles that can change your life. The hope of every Christian is a person, the Redeemer, Jesus Christ. He is the wisdom behind every biblical principle and the power we need to live them out. Because Christ lives inside us today, because He rules all things for our sakes (see Eph. 1:22-23), and because He is presently putting all His enemies under His feet (see 1 Cor. 15:25-28), we can live with courage and hope.

Our hope is not in our theological knowledge or our experience within the body of Christ. We are thankful for these things, yet we hold on to one hope: Christ. In Him we find everything we need to live a godly life in the here and now. Paul captures it so well: “I have been crucified with Christ and I know longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).

(Italics and emphasis are added)

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