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The Gospel Driven Life

Posted by truthtalklive on July 10, 2007

What is a “Gospel Driven” life?

Are you living it?  

This program with guest John Fonville was one of our most popular and generated lots of calls and listener comments on the blog. Just in case you missed it, here it is again. feel free to add your comments to the discussion. And be sure to visit John’s blog site http://www.gospeldriven.wordpress.com 


5 Responses to “The Gospel Driven Life”

  1. anonymous said

    what’s john’s blog site address?

  2. cowboyfan88 said

    The gospel is what Paul describes in 1 Cor 15 1-4. It is Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. When you believe it, you are saved forever. I heard John say that the gospel started in Genesis and I don’t agree at all. Paul calls it his gospel and says we will be judged by it. It was a mystery not made know until Paul. Paul is the one that proclaimed the gospel but he received it from the risen Lord. People were saved by faith before but it was believing what God said but how could they believe in the gospel before the cross? Once you are saved, the Holy Spirit seals you and works within you to glorify God,not in your own strength but His. He changed my life, I didn’t change it for Him. Once you are a believer, it is against your nature to sin. I could never do the things I did before as an unbeliever but I didn’t do anything, the Lord gave me a new nature. I am now a saint and he is perfecting me every day. I beg you and your listeners to read the book “Grace Walk” by Steve McVey. It has changed my life and puts grace in plain english and shows you that you cannot live the christian life, only Jesus can do that. It will open your eyes and you will see grace as it was to be received: as a gift we receive not a debt to be paid. We are free from the penalty of sin and we are free to show our love by letting the Holy Spirit use us.

  3. Dear Cowboyfan,

    Consider these wise words from my friend and mentor, Dr. R. Scott Clark:

    “The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the Gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘In you shall all the nations be blessed.'” (Gal 3:8). Paul says that God preached the Gospel to Abraham. If the Gospel could be preached to Abraham, why not to Adam (Gen. 3:15)? Indeed, we get our idea of “Gospel” from Isaiah, see: http://www.wscal.edu/faculty/wscwritings/whenthegoodnewsbecomesbad.php

    The mystery is not the Gospel but the inclusion of the Gentiles: “This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel.” (Eph 3:6).”

    John Fonville
    “…there is nothing more notable or glorious in the church than the ministry of the gospel…”
    John Calvin, Institutes, 4.3.3

  4. RaynaRenee said

    The gospel is not about our “changed life” as we are still sinners, and have a sinful nature. The gospel is about what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Jesus is our righteousness, sanctification and redemption in heaven, as it is God that justifies, not man. We are justified before the father because of the righteousness of God imputed to the believing sinner. We are treated then as though we were perfect and sinless, even though we are not. Eternal life is a gift given to us freely in Christ Jesus. The work of God is that we believe in His Son, and believe His word. We as Christians walk by faith in this world, and our righteousness is of faith alone.

    All this talk about becoming perfect in ourselves is a delusion, as we will always be sinners in this life. We are perfect and sinless now in Jesus Christ before the Father in heaven. We are accepted in the Beloved alone.

    Our purpose in life is to preach the gospel of Jesus, to be ambassadors for Christ according to the scripture.

    “He became sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him”. Where is Jesus? He is at the right hand of God in heaven where He is our Great High Priest and our one and only mediator.


  5. Hi Rayna. Good word. Christ is our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption, “And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption…”

    He, God the Father, has blessed us in the Beloved (and no where else!; Eph. 1:6). Gospel blessings!

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