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Powerful Gospel Quotes from Pastor Tim Keller

September 16, 2009

One of the most powerful and liberating articles I’ve ever read on believing and applying rightly the Gospel, is Pastor Tim Keller’s “The Centrality of the Gospel”.

It’s available here for free.

Especially crucial in Pastor Tim’s article is his explanation of the “two thieves of the gospel”, religion (moralism) and irreligion (hedonism). Both are dangerous enemies to the grace of the Gospel and the glory of God. Both are rooted heart issues of unbelief that steal our joy, squash our hope, quench our thirsts, quiet our minds, and confuse our lives into thinking either we must work hard to earn God’s favor or we can’t earn God’s favor so why work at all? Both are very self-satisfying and damning.

Please read this article.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from it:

  • “the Christian life is a process of renewing every dimension of our life — spiritual, psychological, corporate, social — by thinking, hoping, and living out the “lines” or ramifications of the gospel. The gospel is to be applied to every area of thinking, feeling, relating, working, and behaving”.
  • “All our problems come from a failure to apply the Gospel”.
  • “The main problem, then, in the Christian life is that we have not thought out the deep implications of the gospel, we have not “used” the gospel in and on all parts of our life. Richard Lovelace says that most people’s problems are just a failure to be oriented to the gospel — a failure to grasp and believe it through and through”.
  • “All of us, to some degree live around the truth of the gospel but do not “get” it. So the key to continual and deeper spiritual renewal and revival is the continual re-discovery of the gospel”.
  • “The gospel shows us a God far more holy thatn the legalist can bear (he had to die because we could not satisfy his holy demands) and yet far more merciful than a humanist can conceive (he had to die because he loved us)”.
  • “We must bring everything into line with the gospel”.
  • The Gospel and Worship:  “But the gospel leads us to see that God is both transcendent yet immanent. His immanence makes his transcendence comforting, while his transcendence makes his immanence amazing. The gospel leads us to both awe and intimacy in worship, for the Holy One is now our Father”.
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