In other words, the gospel isn’t something we need only to become a Christian. It’s not like it gets us in the front door, then we can pitch it. It’s the key to the living room, dining room, kitchen, attic and basement. It opens every drawer, cabinet, and appliance, turns on the water, heat and lights. The gospel should shape all of our lives as believers.
For example the gospel applies to all our RELATIONSHIPS
Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. Romans 15:7
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 1 John 3:16
Paul roots our welcoming, showing kindness and forgiving one another in the good news that God has welcomed us, forgiven us and been kind to us in Christ. And John roots his exhortation to lay down our lives for each other in the good news of a Savior who laid down his life for his own.
The gospel applies to our MARRIAGES
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her… Ephesians 5:25
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:31-32)
Paul ties his charge to men in the gospel – we’re to love our wives as Jesus sacrificially loved us. And Paul says that even our marriages are to reflect the relationship of Christ and his bride who has become one with him through the gospel.
The gospel applies to us when we FAIL:
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
I don’t know about you, but I still battle the temptation to feel condemned at times. What is my solution? The gospel! I’m not condemned NOW because Jesus was condemned in my place on the cross.
The gospel applies to our TRIALS:
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)
We are more than conquerors in our trials through him who loved us and demonstrated that love on the cross.
The gospel applies to us when we are SAD AND SORROWFUL
For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17)
The Lamb who leads us to heaven where God will banish tears forever is the sacrificial Lamb whose blood was poured out for us on the cross.
The gospel even applies to how we handle our MONEY. When Paul exhorts the Corinthians to generous giving he says:
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9
Paul anchors our generosity to the good news that Jesus impoverished himself to enrich us.
So the gospel isn’t only for unbelievers to receive forgiveness of sins, but for every believer every day of our lives. It’s our meat and drink, our oxygen. It’s the hub from which all the spokes of our lives radiate. I need the gospel as much today as I did in 1974 when Jesus saved me. And till the day I die I hope to continue to learn how to apply it to my every thought, word and deed.
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Mark Altrogge has been senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Indiana, Pennsylvania, since 1982. He has written hundreds of songs for worship, including “I Stand in Awe” and “I’m Forever Grateful.” Mark and his wife, Kristi, have four sons and one daughter.
Find out more on his blog, The Blazing Center.