Preach the Gospel to myself

Sunday 09 June 2013 – The spirit and sound of thanksgiving, praise and joy was full, filling the Star theatre.  It was announced that Joseph Prince was the rated top of the ITunes podcasts under the Religion and Spirituality category, together with Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer. Incidentally, these three proclaim Jesus, Who is our all in all.   

JP’s ministry and message of the Gospel of Grace has indeed restored many believers to the basic truth of Jesus being our Redeemer and Righteousness. 

JP’s consistent and continuous proclamation of Jesus Who came in His fullness, with grace upon grace (John 1:16) resonates with the need to be affirmed and assured of Jesus’ finished work on the cross.  There is the need to be reminded, refreshed and renewed by the gospel every day.  Jerry Bridges has a chapter “Preach the Gospel to Yourself” in is book “The Discipline of Grace”

http://kerdos.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/where-did-the-phrase-preach-the-gospel-to-yourself-come-from/

http://www.challies.com/reading-classics-together/preach-the-gospel-to-yourself.’

The validity and value of returning to Jesus’ finished work on the cross can never be overstated. This can be easily seen by the Jesus’ instruction to us – in the epistles.  We know that the direct words of Jesus are quoted in the gospels, but do not realise that Jesus’ words are also quoted in the epistles.  It must be of supreme importance and significance that Jesus directly spoke and refered to Himself in the memorial feast –  to remember, to relish, to be refreshed, to be reminded, to be renewed of and by our Redeemer and Righteousness (1 Corinthians 11:23-25).

So I share the delight of the many who tune in to ITunes to listen to J Prince unveiling Jesus, Who is Grace upon Grace. When men are hungry, they will eat almost anything.  Here we have a pastor who preaches Jesus in all His beauty, and His body is bread for life for all. And we have man like Jerry Bridges who further remind us on working out our salvation by Grace and allow Jesus to sanctify us (read his books “The Discipline of Grace” and “Transform Grace”) –  “Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts” (Jeremiah 15:16).

While we have been exhorted often (constantly?) to a life of discipleship, it is exhilarating, revitalising and energizing to be brought back to the truth of just trusting in Jesus only, in His Grace and in His saving and sanctifying power instead of trying in my strength. For I am saved by grace (Eph 2:8,9), and hence stand securely in His grace (Rom 5:1,2), and need to remain strong in grace (2 Tim 2:1; Heb 13:9) and not in myself.

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