Gospel-Driven, Gospel-Centered Bible Reading

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I have found a new online friend! I wanted to introduce him to you. Brannan, or affectionately known as the "Creed" at the Creed or Chaos blog. He is a Ph.D. student in Aberdeen, Scotland. I was referred to him by Gospel Muse who commented on one of my posts a couple of years ago.
The huge thing this team has going for them is their passion for theology and a love for communicating it. They do it well. But many readers will find their posts laborious to work through. It's not quite the stuff blogs are made of, and in my opinion, splitting up the posts into more readily readable material would be just as huge as their gifting. But that's just my opinion.

The post that captured my attention was "Christ For Us: Reading the Bible Through the Gospel" and if you're a regular reader of my blog, you can understand why I love the title, but the post much more. Here's how he opens his magnificent and helpful post.

“Christ for us”: this phrase is just another way of saying “the gospel.” When Paul says to be ready to give an account to anyone who asks the reason for the hope we have, “Christ for us” proclaims our hope in a nutshell: God is holy and righteous and we are rebellious sinners; only in looking away from ourselves to Christ for us, to Christ on our behalf, do we have hope before God. Christ died the death we deserve and lived the life we should have lived, so that rather than the condemnation we earned in Adam, we receive the righteousness Christ earned for justification; and now by his grace we who believe are enabled by the Holy Spirit to die to sin and live to God. This is the gospel. This is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe. And this is the consistent message of all the Scriptures.

Read the rest of the article, and you'll find that you can immediately profit from your Bible reading today. Thanks Brannan! Praise God for you, brother!

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