Have you ever shared the gospel with yourself? When you are struggling with a specific sin as a Christian, what words help you out of it the most? 2 Timothy 1:9 says “[God] saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.” We contributed nothing to our own salvation. God called us and God saved us. Why then do we still, after coming to know the truth of our wonderful salvation “granted us from all eternity,” still try to rely on ourselves to overcome sin?

In Titus 3:5, Paul reiterates again that God saved us “by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.” Paul urges Titus a few verses later to speak these truths with confidence “so that those who have believed will be careful to engage in good deeds.” Paul shares the gospel with Christians all the time. Why? Because the gospel, through the power of the Spirit, is mighty enough to enable us to overcome our flesh.

If you have studied the history of the Christian church you might have noticed that when any reformation happened, whether with Augustine or Luther or somebody else, there was always a return to the simple truths of the gospel. Sola fide (faith alone) was the cry of Luther. When the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church were mired in severe sin and corruption, Luther simply shared the gospel with them. This brought about the greatest Reformation that the Church had ever or has ever seen.

How does this apply to us? When you are overwhelmed by temptation or have fallen prey to sin, share the gospel with yourself, remembering that Christ has forgiven your sins and praising God like Paul when he said in Romans 7:24-25, “Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Let the gospel set you free.

Danny Stimson, College Intern