Just a reminder…


 The gospel is 100% Jesus…and 0% of you.


No…not 99% and 1%.  No…not 98% and 2%.


100% Jesus…0% you.


It has nothing to do with how much, or how little you know about the church, about doctrine, or even how much you know or don’t know about Jesus.


It is not about what you say, feel, think… or what you do or don’t do.


It has nothing to do with your seriousness about God. (for you are not)


It is all about what Jesus has done for you…a real sinner… one of the ungodly. 


‘Your sins are forgiven for Jesus’ sake’…period.



That’s the gospel.





12 Responses

  1. Amen!

    Merry Christmas, Steve!

  2. Thanks, Alden!

    A Merry Christmas to you and your’s!

  3. By the way, the reminder is to me, firstly.

  4. Faith alone in Christ alone!

    Amen –

    Merry Christmas Steve

  5. Amen! Merry Christmas!

  6. Thanks, Wayne!

    Merry Christmas!

  7. Thank you, JS !

    Merry Christmas!

  8. Excellent post, Steve, and timely, too.

    We recently had as a reading Christ’s parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. It seems easy (am I the only one for whom this is true?) to think that our admitting our sin like the tax collector is in some way to our credit, but it is not; we’re really just bad.

    It’s a bit like an accident victim screaming in agony; the preservation of his life depends on the work of others and not on how eloquently, vigorously, or sincerely he screams. Both men in the parable are wretched sinners; it’s just that one is refusing the Great Physician’s life-saving care.

  9. So the good news (which is what the gospel means) is that we are not involved whatsoever?

  10. The good news is that we are justified by God’s grace, through faith. “It is not of works lest anyone should boast.”

    We don’t have anything to do with it.

    The little god in us that thinks it needs to be involved in everything, even our salvation, just can’t stand that fact, and struggles mightily against it.

    (the tagline on my blog, says it pretty well)

  11. the one poster just above: we just mess it up. so the good news is, we aren’t involved.

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