Over the last decade, the term “gospel” has taken a prominent place in our theological conversations. Yet, ironically, the more we talk about the gospel, the easier it can be for us to misunderstand what Scripture actually means by that word. One common area of misunderstanding is equating the gospel with the specific doctrine of justification or the moment when we realize our need of a Savior. In that case, we understand the gospel as something that begins our Christian walk but doesn’t have much bearing after.
But when the Scripture speaks of our new life in Christ, it doesn’t limit it to a particular event or a theological principle. Instead, it uses the term “gospel” to describe a new way of living, an all-encompassing reality, a way of moving through the world. Unfortunately, when we forget this, it can manifest itself in our daily walk and keep us from living in the fullness God intends.
So how can we tell if we are not living in the fullness of the gospel? Continue reading →