The gospel is for everyday.
Every believer should preach the gospel to himself everyday.
The gospel which saves us is also the gospel which sanctifies us.
This is not merely the suppositions of men; the apostle Paul wrote in Col. 1:6 that the gospel “has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth.” In other words, the gospel is what transforms and produces fruit in believers. It’s Paul’s way of saying that the gospel is an everyday truth and reality for every believer.
The ongoing influence of the gospel on believers cannot be understated, as the NT constantly affirms:
- Through the gospel our hard circumstances produce the progress and growth of the church (Phil. 1:12; 4:3; 1 Thess. 2:2; Acts 20:24)
- Through the gospel fruit is produced in believers (1 Cor. 9:24-27; Gal. 1:6ff; Col. 1:6)
- Through the gospel we have hope and confidence for today and the future (Col. 1:23; 1 Pt. 1:3-9)
- Through the gospel we have power for living through the gift of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 1:16ff; 1 Cor. 2:1-5; 1 Thess. 1:5)
- Through the gospel we live to please God — and He can find pleasure in us and our lives (Gal. 1:9-11; 1 Thess. 2:4)
- Through the gospel we can live self-sacrificingly (and God-glorifyingly) for others (1 Thess. 2:8-9)
- Through the gospel we gain eternal glory (2 Thess. 2:14; 2 Tim. 1:10)
- Through the gospel we no longer live under the bondage of the Law (Gal. 3:1-3)
- Through the gospel we now live in bondage to Christ and righteousness — and are capable of righteousness (Rom. 6:15ff)
- Through the gospel we have life (1 Pt. 4:6)
- Through the gospel we Gentiles are added into the promises of God (Acts 15:7; Eph. 2:11-22)
- Through the gospel we are no longer blind to God and His truth (2 Cor. 4:1-7)
- Through the gospel we have ministry and purpose (2 Cor. 4:1-7)
- Through the gospel we can love God (1 Jn. 4)
- Through the gospel we are both dependent and made adequate and equipped for ministry (2 Cor. 2-3)
Tullian Tchividjian summarized the influence of the gospel on believer’s lives when he wrote: “all our problems in life stem from our failure to apply the gospel. This means I can’t really move forward unless I learn more thoroughly the gospel’s content and how to apply it to all of life. Real change does not and cannot come independently of the gospel. God intends his Good News in Christ to mold and shape us at every point and in every way. It increasingly defines the way we think, feel, and live.”