god comes to end our life (and the gospel comes to kill us)

“We are frequently told that the church is in the business of ‘life transformation.’ However, both the problem and God’s solution are greater than we ever imagined. God does not come to improve our life, but to end it; not to transform the ‘old Adam,’ but to kill it and to raise us together with Christ in newness of life. Our transformed life will never be trasnformed enough to pass through God’s judgment safely, but ‘salvation is from the Lord’ (Jonah 2:9).”

– Michael Horton, “The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World,” p. 60

“The gospel comes not to help us get our act together, fixing us up for a night on the town, making us more respectable to ourselves or to others. Rather, it comes to kill us and make us alive as completely new creatures. Not a new and improved self, but a self buried and raised with Christ, is the gospel’s message of genuine transformation.”

– Michael Horton, “The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World,” p. 78

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~ by david on December 4, 2009.

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