The Gospel isn’t just for beginners.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NIV)
Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? (Galatians 3:3 NIV)
We enter into this Christian life by God’s grace through faith. But even with this as a foundation, Christians can then fall back on a works-righteousness that tells them that now that they have started by faith, they must now continue on by their own efforts. The gospel becomes something for beginners—for “sinners”—and then we enter a new phase that we call “discipleship.” This, I am convinced from Scriptures, is a false distinction. We start by faith, and then we live the entire “Christian life” by the same kind of faith. It’s not all about Jesus at the beginning, and then all about me from that point on. It is all about Jesus, from the beginning (justification) all the way through the rest of our lives (sanctification).
Keep it centered on Christ!
Grace and Peace