“Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 9:17
What is the gospel? How has the gospel transformed your life?? Saul persecuted Christians. Saul was on the road to Damascus to persecute and arrest Christians when God confronted him. He was blinded by the presence of God until his sight was restored and his heart was filled with God’s Spirit. Tim Keller writes, “The gospel of justifying faith
means that while Christians are, in themselves still sinful and sinning, yet in Christ, in God’s sight, they are accepted and righteous. So we can say that we are more wicked than we ever dared believe, but more loved and accepted in Christ than we ever dared hope — at the very same time.
This creates a radical new dynamic for personal growth. It means that the more you see your own flaws and sins, the more precious, electrifying, and amazing God’s grace appears to you. But on the other hand, the more aware you are of God’s grace and acceptance in Christ, the more able you are to drop your denials and self-defenses and admit the true dimensions and character of your sin.” The same God who transformed Saul into Paul on the road to Damascus is the same God who will and can transform you by the Gospel.
Pray for more of the gospel in your own life. Pray for gospel-centered relationships. Pray for the good news of the gospel to transform your life. Pray for NewLife to experience the gospel!! The gospel changes everything!!!