“godliness” without Gospel

Mike Horton: “We see this pattern in the New Testament epistles especially in Romans. It is interesting that whenever Paul completes a doctrinal “hike” through God’s gracious election, redemption, calling, justification, and sanctification in Christ the vista from such dizzying peaks leads him to break out in praise. “What shall we say then in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God, how unsearchable are his judgments and his ways past finding out; for of him and to him and through him are all things, to him be the glory forever, Amen.” Only then does Paul say in Romans 12, “I appeal to you therefore, in view of God’s mercies to present your bodies a living sacrifice.”

You see folks, the story generates doctrines, which generate genuine emotion leading to grateful obedience. When we begin to take any of these stages for granted, and its usually the earlier ones that get lost first, we assume the Gospel and loose not only our sense of wonder at God’s amazing grace, but the only hope of genuine experience and transformation. We end up with what Paul called a “form of godliness while denying its power.” Power not only at the beginning of the Christian life, but in the middle, and the end, not only for conversion, but for growth and discipleship is always the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

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