Paul Tripp has a good post here on the “nowism” of the gospel.
Jason could explain to you what it meant to say that he had been “saved by grace,” and he knew that he was going to spend eternity with his Savior. His problem was in the here and now. Day after day, in situation after situation and relationship after relationship, Jason didn’t carry with him a vibrant and practical sense of the nowism of the grace of Jesus Christ. Yes, Jason believed in life after death, but he desperately needed to understand life before death; the kind of radical life you will live when you understand what Christ has given you for the life he has called you to right here, right now.
He explains four aspects of the “nowism” of the gospel and what grace will do to you:
- Grace will decimate what you think of you, while it gives you a security of identity you’ve never had.
- Grace will expose your deepest sins of heart, while it covers every failure with the blood of Jesus.
- Grace will make you face how weak you are, while it blesses you with power beyond you ability to calculate.
- Grace will take control out of your hands, while it blesses you with the care of One who plan is unshakable and perfect in every way.
Read the whole post to see these unpacked.