How the Gospel Makes Us Bold and Humble

May this be your meditation today:

Without the gospel, our self-image is based on living up to some standards – either our own or someone else’s imposed on us. If we live up to those standards, we will be confident but not humble; if we don’t live up to them, we will humble but not confident. Only in the gospel can we be both enormously bold and utterly sensitive and humble, for we are simul justus et peccator, both perfect and sinner! (Keller, 2012, p. 50)

The Gospel reminds us that we are both sinners and saved, and this truth uniquely equips us to live lives of boldness (because we are saved) and humility (because we know our only contribution to this salvation was the sin that made it necessary).

Keller, T. J. (2012). Center church: Doing balanced, gospel-centered ministry in your city. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

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Derek Griz

I am a Christian, a husband, a father, and a pastor (Immanuel Church). I write from those perspectives. Connect with me on Twitter (@derekgriz).