Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tim Keller on the Wonders of Gospel-Centrality

As I said, I am committed to gospel tunnel-vision. But it's not dark inside this tunnel. The glories of the king of the universe are in this vision! Here is Tim Keller:
1 Peter 1:12: “It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.”

Angels love to look into the gospel. They never get tired of it. So what does that mean? It means gospel ministry is endlessly creative. It means you can preach the gospel and never have to be afraid of boring people . . .
Isn’t that amazing? The gospel is not the ABC’s of Christianity, it’s A to Z. It’s not just the elementary and introductory truths. The gospel is what drives everything that we do. The gospel is pretty much the solution to every problem. The gospel is what every theological category should be expounding when we do our systematic theology. It should be very much a part of everything.
Even angels long to look into it. And you should.

Some people will always be bored with the gospel. But pastors, sometimes they are because you're preaching it wrong. It's a sin to talk about this one life-giving truth in dispassionate ways.

The Beautiful Monotony of the Gospel


Doug said...

Someone needs to tell Tim about athlete's foot...;-)

Beautiful, and well articulated. If angels who have been in God's presence for ages still look at the Gospel with wonder, then we should too. I hadn't thought of that before, but that will be useful in communicating to some folks in my life who wonder why the Gospel needs to be so central.

Thanks Jared!

Ken Stoll said...

good post. Miss your blog a ton. Having work after so much time unemployed has kept me busy. Hope to read more soon.