The Radical, Upside-down Gospel


The approach of the gospel is radically different. It begins not by making a demand upon us but by simply affirming, “God loves you.” “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” What we could not do for ourselves has been done for us; we are forgiven, accepted. The gospel that comes to us in Jesus is the good news that God has acted to come into the far county to live among the pigs with his prodigals. In the gospel there is thus no demand but simply the good news that God’s love is with us and for us. The law, with its threats and promises, is forgotten.  As John puts it: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love” (1 John 4:18)


William Hordern, Living by Grace

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