“Get to Work” Doesn’t Work

by Lee Buford on June 26, 2012

For many believers the idea that the gospel drives our daily sanctification is a bit hard to grasp. There’s the mindset that the gospel saves and the rest is up to our faithful obedience in following God’s commands. This idea, however prevalent, is grossly mistaken and erroneous.

In his excellent book, Gospel Wakefulness, Jared Wilson relates this truth about gospel-driven sanctification very aptly:

“We will not experience freedom in religion’s three words. ‘Get to work’ doesn’t work. We must first be set free by the gospel’s three words. ‘It is finished.’

The gospel content is this: Christ saves sinners. The implications of the gospel include changed lives, lives lived in holiness unto God. The great news is that the gospel content powers what it implies! Grace is the power in which we stand and by which we are being saved (1 Cor. 15:1-2). Yes, we are to work out our own salvation, but the Spiritual reality is that it is God who is in us doing the work (Phil. 2:12-13). The gospel is not just the power for regeneration; it is the power for sanctification, and for glorification. It is eternal power; it is power enough for life that is eternal.”

Do you trust in the gospel to power your daily existence, worship, and obedience? Are you trusting in the finished work of Christ on the cross…not simply for salvation, but for your daily sanctification?

Jesus said, “It is finished” (John 19:30).

Do you believe him? Are you living accordingly?



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