1/04/2012

The Offense and Beauty of the Gospel

1/04/2012 Posted by Sheldon Clowdus
The gospel of the bible is offensive.

I don't know any other way to put it.  It is offensive.

It is offensive to most everything we sinful humans value.  It doesn't care how rich you are or aren't.  It doesn't care if you are a PhD or a high school dropout. It doesn't care if you have spent your life in service to the poor and destitute or in service to yourself.  The gospel has no regard for your need for control or your need to fit everything in a neat, easy to understand format.  The gospel crushes our warped ideas of justice, fairness, and how the world should work.

For those who have been saved by it, however, the gospel is beautiful beyond words.

Why is it so beautiful to the redeemed children of God?

Because....It is offensive to most everything we sinful humans value.  It doesn't care how rich you are or aren't.  It doesn't care if you are a PhD or a high school dropout. It doesn't care if you have spent your life in service to the poor and destitute or in service to yourself.  The gospel has no regard for your need for control or your need to fit everything in a neat, easy to understand format.  The gospel crushes our warped ideas of justice, fairness, and how the world should work.

The offense and the beauty of the gospel come from the nature of the gospel itself.  This is why the same gospel, when proclaimed faithfully, will result in derision, scorn, and scoffing along with repentance, faith, and salvation.

It is offensive to those whose hearts are stone and beautiful to those to whom God has given a heart of flesh.

Praise God for the beautiful, offensive gospel that has saved us!