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  • « The Father's Giving Determines the Peoples' Coming | Main | Tithing Today »

    The Hole in our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung

    Pg 83-84

    It seems almost every Christian I talk with these days insists that personal holiness will flow form a true grasp of the gospel. That’s right, in so far as it goes. It just doesn’t go far enough. We need to be more specific. How exactly do good deeds spring from good news?

    Let me suggest a couple of ways.

    First, the gospel encourages godliness out of a sense of gratitude. This is the thought behind Romans 12:1-2. In view of God’s mercies on display in Romans 1-11 (Justification, adoption, predestination, atonement, reconciliation, preservation, glorifications), our grateful response should be obedience to the imperatives in chapters 12-16. As John Stott remarks, “It is not by accident that in Greek one and the same noun (charis) does duty for both “grace” and “gratitude.”

    Of course, we must be careful not to think of gratitude as some kind of debtor’s ethic, as if God showed us mercy and now expects us to make up for it with a lifetime of quid pro quo obedience. We cannot repay God for anything (Romans 11:35). But if we understand all that God has done for us in Christ, we will be happy and eager to please him. I get a lot of things wrong as a husband, but i've managed to get my wife some pretty good gifts. They usually involve some combination of time away form the kids and flying her mom out to save our sanity. When my wife receives a thoughtful gift like this (as opposed to, say, a gym membership), I'm usually sitting pretty for the rest of the day.

    That’s not why I give the gift (really, Honey, it’s not), but a season (or more) of joyful gratitude is my kind wife’s natural response. And besides, when we are grateful, we’re not only eager to please God, we’re less likely to get bogged down in ungodliness. The humility and happiness that come with thankfulness tend to crowd out what is coarse, ugly, or mean (Eph 5:4).

    Posted by Marco on August 5, 2014 09:11 PM

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    Are you going to continue this article with other reasons for our holy living? I enjoyed this part, thank you!

    Yes, I will get it up.

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