More cross-centered quotes for your encouragement:
Don’t Forget The Cost . . .
“The gospel is not ‘God loves us,’ but ‘God loves us at the cost of his Son.’” ~ Derek Thomas
Rejection of the Gospel is at The Root of Every Sin
At the root of each and every sin, and each and every problem is unbelief and rejection of the gospel. People who are immoral and people who are moral both reject the gospel when they try to be their own savior.
1. When licentious people reject religion and God, their rebellion is really a refusal to believe the gospel — that they are so sinful only Jesus can be their saviour.
2. When moralistic people pick up religion and morality and become either anxious (because they are aware they can never live up to standards) or proud (because they think they have), their anxiety and/or pride is really a refusal to believe the gospel — that they are so sinful only Jesus can be their saviour.
3. When Christian people sin, it is always a forgetting that they cannot save themselves, only Jesus can.
When bitter, it is because we have forgotten that we are already totally saved by grace alone — so how can we withhold grace? When we are overworking out of fear of failure, or depressed because we have failed, it is because we have forgotten that we cannot earn our own righteousness, that in God’s eyes we are righteous . . . think about how other sins are rooted in a desire to be our own savior and to forget that he is our only saviour and righteousness.
~ Tim Keller in The Message of Romans Leader’s Guide (small group series from Redeemer PCA, 2005 version)
The Gospel Solves the Deepest of all Human Problems
[T]he true nature of the gospel also emerges in this understanding of the death of Jesus. The gospel is not just a new possibility for achieving joy and fullness in this life, as some seem to suggest. It is not just a solution to what were previously troublesome and frustrating problems. It is rather something much deeper that has been done, something relating to God, on the basis of which and only on the basis of which these other blessings of salvation follow. Packer says, ‘The gospel does bring us solutions to these problems, but it does so by first solving . . . the deepest of all human problems, the problem of man’s relation with his Maker; and unless we make it plain that the solution of these former problems depends on the settling of this latter one, we are misrepresenting the message and becoming false witnesses of God.’
~ James M. Boice in Foundations of the Christian Faith: A Comprehensive and Readable Theology, page 319.
[HT: D. A. Carson “The Biblical Gospel”]