Don’t Make This Costly Mistake

Isaiah 53:1

Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

Isaiah 53:1

Who believes the gospel message? That is Isaiah’s question: “Who has believed what he has heard from us?” He’s asking God’s people, those who are known by God’s name.

You may say, “I do. We do. It’s in our statement of faith. We believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins.” Really? Would you say that you have lived this week in the conscious knowledge that the Son of God loves you and gave Himself for you? Knowing this subconsciously won’t change your life. Signing off on a statement of faith won’t restore your soul.

In his short book, A Gospel Primer for Christians, Milton Vincent says that many Christians make the costly mistake of viewing the gospel as “something that has fully served out its purpose the moment they believed in Jesus for salvation.”

Milton says: “The gospel is so foolish (according to my natural wisdom), so scandalous (according to my conscience), and so incredible (according to my timid heart), that it is a daily battle to believe the full scope of it as I should.”

Ask yourself: Whatever I may say I believe, am I living—daily—out of a conscious knowledge of the love of Jesus for me?



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Colin Smith

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Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near – So Far. Colin is the Founder and Teaching Pastor for Open the Bible. Follow him on X formerly Twitter.

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