Christ as our example?

Some thoughts on what the gospel is, and what it isn’t:

The gospel is not that we’ve been given a second chance to live as we should have done the first time around — only this time with Christ as our model. The Christian life is not to try to copy Christ in order to please God as he did. This “gospel” leads to a lack of assurance when failure comes, and spiritual pride when I feel I’m doing well.

Neither result leads to us to laying hold of Christ himself. And if I were ever to be “successful” in obtaining righteousness and acceptance from God this way it would a righteousness that is outside of Christ. In my desire to serve God under this “gospel” I would actually be rejecting the cross.

These are both law-based gospels.

They lead to insecurity and guilt, and/or judgementalism and pride. If you think along these lines you’ll probably swing between the two extremes depending on how well you think you’re doing.

The true gospel is something else:

“Romans 3:21-23a

21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith inJesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.”


About Jian Ming Zhong

In short, I am a five point calvinist, amillennial, post-trib rapture, paeudobaptistic (not for salvation), classical cessationism , and covenantal. I embrace Reformed Theology and subscribe to the WCF 1647. I do not break fellowship with anyone who holds to the essentials of the faith (i.e., the Trinity, the Deity of Christ, Jesus' Physical Resurrection, Virgin Birth, Salvation by Grace through Faith alone, Monotheism, and the Gospel being the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus) but does not affirm Calvinist Theology in the non-essentials. I strongly believe that God's grace and mercy are so extensive that within the Christian community there is a wide range of beliefs and as long as the essentials are not violated, then anyone who holds to those essentials but differs in the non-essentials is my brother or sister in Christ. Romans 11:36 "For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To whom be Glory forever. Amen!"
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