The gospel shows us that we fail to obey God.
Not sure that’s true?
Try this on for size: How well have you loved God and your neighbor today? Yesterday? How about last week?
But not only do we fail to obey God, we dupe ourselves into believing that our imperfect obedience somehow is sufficient for God to fully accept us.
That’s because we’re trusting in our own performance.
We insist on being our own Messiahs.
Even people without faith in Christ are believers – in themselves, their performance, or the idols of their own making.
Christians struggle with the same issues.
Failure to believe the gospel results in our problems in church, in our relationships, and in our work.
We all agree that belief in the gospel is the way into the kingdom of God, but then we forget it’s also the way of life in the kingdom.
We never graduate from the gospel.
It’s essential for kindergarteners as well as PhDs.
It’s the only way to grow and be transformed by Christ.
So what is the gospel again?
To quote Question 60 of the Heidelberg Catechism:
Only by a true faith in Jesus Christ; so that, though my conscience accuse me, that I have grossly transgressed all the commandments of God, and kept none of them, and am still inclined to all evil; notwithstanding, God, without any merit of mine, but only of mere grace, grants and imputes to me, the perfect satisfaction, righteousness and holiness of Christ; even so, as if I never had had, nor committed any sin: yea, as if I had fully accomplished all that obedience which Christ has accomplished for me; inasmuch as I embrace such benefit with a believing heart.