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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:

  1. Grace will decimate what you think of you, while it gives you a security of identity you’ve never had.
  2. Grace will expose your deepest sins of heart, while it covers every failure with the blood of Jesus.
  3. Grace will make you face how weak you are, while it blesses you with power beyond you ability to calculate.
  4. 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.


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6 thoughts on “What Grace Will Do to You”

  1. David Dorr says:

    Man this is good!

  2. Giovanni says:

    Hope this Poem is appropriate for this blog.

    My Royal Family

    With your word you have set me free,
    Ignited my spirit, like you, I strive to be.
    Free! no ties , no lies, binding me.
    By your mercy, your grace, at last I can see.

    Your yoke hangs gently around my neck,
    easy and light, just like you had said.
    If not by you, then who? This I can not fathom,
    I belong to you, this is not random.

    By choice?… My choice?… How can this be?
    Wasn’t it He, who chose to save me.

    Mercy and grace, given abundantly.
    Eternally grateful for adopting me.

    From that day forward, I awake Free.
    No longer enslaved by powers other than thee.

    Royal garments, I now own.
    By my Father Given , who covers skin and bone.

    I Pick up My Scepter! On goes my Royal Robe!
    My Fathers the king, I now sit by His throne.

    First born yes! That is me,
    First born of His Royal family.

    By: Giovanni

  3. darryl hart says:

    What if the gospel makes us boring, not radical? And where does the Bible recommend a “radical” life to Christians? Paul constantly talks about decency, humility, submission, peacefulness, and quietness as the sort of qualities that will mark a Christian’s life.

    1. Justin Taylor says:

      Everything depends on how you define the word “radical.”

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