The glory of the gospel is that God has declared Christians to be rightly related to him in spite of their sin. But our greatest temptation and mistake is to try to smuggle character into his work of grace. How easily we fall into the trap of assuming that we remain justified only so long as there are grounds in our character for our justification. But Paul’s teaching is that nothing we do ever contributes to our justification. So powerful was his emphasis on this that men accused him of teaching that it did not matter how they lived if God justified them. If God justifies us as we are, what is the point of holiness? There is still a sense in which this is a test of whether we off the world the grace of God in the gospel. Does it make men say: ‘You are offering grace that is so free it doesn’t make any difference how you live’? This was precisely the objection the Pharisees had to Jesus’ teaching! – Sinclair B. Ferguson

Part 1: The fear of the gospel

Nothing was threatening Paul’s certainty, but something was threatening his fruitfulness. – Tim Keller

Part 2: The focus of the gospel

Part 3: The freedom of the gospel

Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. – Acts 10:34-35 (ESV)

The implications of this are fundamental to our understanding of what the Christian faith is. The countless regulations for “cleanliness” in the laws of Moses were designed (among other things) to show us how impossible it was to make ourselves perfectly acceptable before a Holy God. But these “false brothers” had used the regulations in order to teach the opposite: that we could make ourselves pure and more acceptable to God through strict compliance with them… the acceptance of Titus was a radical public statement of the implications of the gospel. – Tim Keller

Chris Daukas

Chris grew up with a loving family and in a moral home, but despite his upbringing, he was a sinner in need of grace. In his sophomore year of college, Chris yielded his life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He began to devour the Word and was soon helping to lead bible studies, outreaches, and worship at church. He married his beautiful wife, Tara, in the summer of 2000.

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