More thoughts on the gospel
The gospel is not my experience of grace, not ordo salutis (i.e., the application of salvation to my sin-sick soul), but a message about what God *has done* in Christ for sinners. It is not what God *does* in sinners, what he does for me in my life experience, but what God *has done* for sinners in Christ. We can’t live the gospel, but we sure can believe it, preach it, enjoy the benefits of it and the fruit it produces in and through us. But those things aren’t the gospel. I do not tell people to believe in adoption, or union with Christ, or justification, or sanctification, or glorification (as wonderful as those blessings are!) in order to be saved. I tell them the old, old story – to believe in Christ because of who He is and what He *did* in history past for sinners.