What difference does the gospel make as we face sin and respond to suffering?
Today I want to address the question of suicide, salvation, and eternal security.
Who do you see when you look at yourself as a Christian—a dead person or a resurrected person? At your core, are you a sinner, or a saint in Christ?
When we fail to understand salvation by grace through faith, then we end up counseling Christians as if they were non-Christians. As if they were still spiritually dead people.
Based upon what Paul says in Romans 1:18-25 and in Philippians 2:1-11, I believe people reject Christianity for two primary reasons.
Sanctification (Gospel imperative) involves our grace-motivated and Spirit-dependent response to God in which we actively obey by cooperating with the work of the Spirit in our new heart.