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We never outgrow our need for the gospel

The Bible is unlike any book you have, or will ever read. Courtesy Photo.

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If someone is deprived of food and water for an extended period of time, his or her physical body will weaken and eventually die. There is a spiritual parallel. The word of God is our spiritual food and water. As surely as we will die physically without food and water, we will die spiritually without God’s word.

The Bible is unlike any book you have, or will ever read. It is the voice of God communicating with us. That is why it is often referred to as “the Word of God.”

In Psalm 119, the Israelite king David shows us how we should approach the Bible. David saw God’s word as his source of life and hope. He delighted in it. He continually meditated on it. He understood that God spoke to him through it.

If you ever decide that you are ready to move past the gospel, then you need to hear the gospel all over again.

John Piper said, “You never, never, never outgrow your need for this gospel. You don’t begin the Christian life with this and then leave it behind and get stronger with something else. God strengthens us with the gospel to the day we die.”

We need the good news of God’s enabling grace as we walk in our lives of purpose, as we are sanctified progressively into the likeness of Christ (or at least as close to it as we can get) and even as we continue to love God and love our neighbours as ourselves.

Everything we do and everything that we are is an outcome and result of the finished work on the cross, and in all we do, we must do it in Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit that enables us to do all things.

Romans 16:25 says, “Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past.”

Through the gospel and through Christ alone can we do all things (Philippians 4:13), and it is only through that message do we live life and life to the fullest.

Isaiah 53:6 reminds us, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” It is this message that marks our walk because we walk by faith not by sight.

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