The Therapeutic Gospel Versus the True Gospel (Part 3)

The Therapeutic Gospel by David Powlison

 

“Consider the five elements we have identified with the therapeutic gospel.

 

[Each is to be revealed one at a time on this blog over coming days to enable more focused reflection, as each one is profound yet sublte.]

 

Need for love? It is surely a good thing to know that you are both known and loved. God, who searches the thoughts and intentions of our hearts, also sets His steadfast love upon us. However, all this is radically different from the instinctual craving to be accepted for who I am. Christ’s love comes pointedly and personally despite who I am. You are accepted for who Christ is, because of what He did, does, and will do. God truly accepts you, and if God is for you, who can be against you? But in doing this, He does not affirm and endorse what you are like. Rather, He sets about changing you into a fundamentally different kind of person. In the real gospel you fell deeply known and loved, but your relentless “need for love” has been overthrown.”

 

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About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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4 Responses to The Therapeutic Gospel Versus the True Gospel (Part 3)

  1. Geoff says:

    Elizabeth,

    You hit the nail right on the head. Excellent quote. This is biblical counseling par excellence!

    Love you,

  2. Mom says:

    Agreed, Geoff. Beth, this is very encouraging for me, particularly with all Jo is going through right now. Sorry yesterday didn’t work out but looking forward to seeing you tonight!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Geoff,

    Thanks for the comment. As much as I would like to take credit for it, I gotta give props to Mr. Powilson. He is the Mac-Daddy of Biblical Counseling 😉

    Love you too!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Mom,

    I had such a great time seeing you & the girls last night! Thanks for the invite. Hopefully, we can do it again sometime soon!

    Love Ya,

    El

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