Recently I enjoyed the privilege of reading the book The Gospel Primer, by Milton Vincent. I’ve excerpted some enriching and inspiring quotes for you here. I trust it will also inspire you as well as you savor the Christ. Jerry Bridges popularized the quote “you must preach the Gospel to yourself everyday”. I think this small but powerful book will assist us in giving the gospel its rightful and central place in our minds.
Here is a very satisfying quote from Vincent: God did not give us His gospel just so we could embrace it and be converted. Actually, He offers it to us every day as a gift that keeps on giving to us everything we need for life and godliness. The wise believer learns this truth early and becomes proficient in extracting available benefits from the Gospel each day. We extract these benefits by being absorbed in the Gospel, speaking it to ourselves when necessary, and by daring to reckon it true in all we do.
At my conversion I got the Gospel, I understood the Gospel and I applied the Gospel to my wicked soul. However, since that time I have tended to forget the Gospel in my day-to-day affairs. It is almost as though I believe that the Gospel saves, but post-conversion it is more about being obedient through my practices. The bible would contradict my poor theological understanding of sanctification. The Gospel does indeed save. And the Gospel does indeed have application in my daily affairs, post-conversion. The Gospel is power for salvation AND power for sanctification.
Here’s another quote from another book that gets at this same thought: The gospel isn’t one class among many that you’ll attend during your life as a Christian – the gospel is the whole building that all the classes take place in! Rightly approached, all the topics you’ll study and focus on as a believer will be offered to you “within the walls” of the glorious gospel. –Mahaney, p. 75-76 of The Cross Centered Life
And one last thought from Vincent regarding how the Gospel should take up the most central place in our daily thought. He is reflecting on Romans 1:16: For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Here is the quote: Indeed God’s power is seen in erupting volcanoes, in the unimaginably hot boil of our massive sun, and in the lightning speed of a recently discovered star seen streaking through the heavens at 1.5 million miles per hour. Yet in Scripture such wonders are never labeled “the power of God.” How powerful, then, must the gospel be that it would merit such a title! And how great is the salvation it could accomplish in my life, if I would only embrace it by faith and give it a central place in my thoughts each day!