Gospel Power – Sonship
The Gospel is God’s power for salvation (Romans 1:16,17). It is not just the beginning point for entering into a relationship with God, but it is the way to address every problem and the means for growth at every step. The heart of the Gospel is this message: “Christ became sin for us, in order that we might become the righteousness of God in him.” (2Corinthians 5:7).
Through the Gospel we learn to believe God’s love, forgiveness and the sense of acceptance as “sons and daughters of God”. We find that in every facet and every area of life God is now committed to us in a relationship of grace and therefore of strength through his Spirit to live a new life. We are in fact completely new creations who are in the process of growing up into the image of God revealed in Christ.
As we learn to believe the Gospel, this new identity gives us the freedom to admit sin more readily, freely receive grace more quickly, pursue obedience more joyfully, view one another within the church with a defined, fundamental identity as redeemed children of God and have greater compassion for those outside the church who have not yet found the amazing grace of God in Christ Jesus.