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10 Things: The Power of Believing the Whole Gospel

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One of my very favorite verses in the Bible is Romans 15:13: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."   Does that describe your life today: full of joy and peace? Abounding in hope?  How do we get that?     

By believing. Or, more precisely, "IN believing." In the process of, the practice of, the context of, believing. Believing what?   In believing all that Paul has just written in his glorious explanation of the gospel in the book of Romans. Paul is clearly convinced that there is fullness of joy and peace and abounding hope right in front of us and ripe for the taking if we will but lay hold of the gospel with the hands of Spirit-given faith.  

The gospel is often shrunken down to "Jesus died for sinners." While that is gloriously true and "worthy of full acceptance" (1 Tim 1:15) it isn't the full gospel, and it won't fill you with joy and peace!   

What did Jesus actually accomplish for you in the gospel?  Can you name 10 things right now?  Try it.

Now ask yourself this - didn't you find that short review of the gospel edifying and encouraging?  Wouldn't it be great to be able to share your faith with an unbeliever by letting them know 10 glorious things Jesus did for you in his death and resurrection?   Wouldn't it be wonderful to tell these things to your children, and to your own soul? 

I think so.   I plan in the next few posts to lay out, as precisely as I can,  "Ten Things Jesus Did For Me." 

For now, let me close with this. Praise God, the good news is not simply the fact that Jesus died for you. The gospel is the infinitely soul-satisfying, joy-, peace-, and hope-producing truth concerning all that the triune God purposed regarding you in eternity, all that he has accomplished for you in the past, all he is working in you in the present, and all that he has promised to do for you in the future.  It's all good news!  In sovereign love he named you and predestined you to belong to Jesus;  in saving power he called you from death to His life; in perfect justice he pardoned you of all your guilt by giving you a righteousness not your own but His;  in astounding mercy he adopted you as his child by making Jesus your brother; with infinite wisdom, patience, and skill he is sanctifying you into His likeness;  with glory unimagined he will one day glorify you!

Is that enough for fullness of joy and peace and abounding hope? Let's believe it - and find out. 

 

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