How Practical Is the Gospel?

Is the gospel relevant, practical, useful medicine for the soul in today’s world? Yes, yes and yes! Yes because the gospel is promise and it is grace. The gospel is help for the weak, mercy for the unworthy, and salvation for the condemned. The gospel binds up the broken-hearted and plants them as oaks of righteousness by the grace of God and the cross of Christ. The gospel is good news for sinners no matter what their situation in life. The gospel changes everything.

Richard Baxter’s counsel is good, practical gospel medicine:

 “Choose out some promises most suitable to your condition, and roll them over and over in your mind, and feed and live on them by faith. If he be most troubled with the greatness of his sin, let it be such as… ‘For I will be merciful unto their unrighteousness, and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more’ (Heb. 8:12). If it be the weakness of his grace that troubles him, let him choose ‘All that the Father gives me, shall come to me, and him that comes to me, I will in no wise cast out’ (John 6:37). If it be the fear of death, and strangeness to the other world, that troubles you, remember the words of Christ before cited, and 2 Corinthians 5:8, ‘We are confident, and willing rather to be absent from the body and present with the Lord.’ Fix upon some such word or promise, which may support you in your eternity.” – Richard Baxter, “Directions for a Peaceful Departure,” O Love That Will Not Let Me Go, ed. by Nancy Guthrie, p. 99-100.


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