The gospel is often spoken about as a method of going to Heaven. The greatness of heaven is explained along with describing how you don’t want to live in the fires of Hell. I agree that a result of the gospel is going to heaven. But when we make the gospel about going to heaven and avoiding hell aren’t we just making Jesus a means to an end? Haven’t we made Jesus really the secondary thing and not the goal of the gospel?
Jesus is not just the means to evade hell. Jesus is why we get saved! Jesus is not just the ultimate can of WD-40 that you spray on everything and make it better. Jesus is the prize of the gospel.
The goal of the New Testament Gospel is not help or heaven but Jesus. – Skye Jethani
I want to present to the world how great Jesus is and let people be attracted to Him and not just what He brings with Him.
Is this possible? Is this too idealistic?
Maybe the reason we have such a large percentage of Christians who are not disciples is because they didn’t get saved for Jesus but what Jesus could do for us.
“Christ did not die to forgive sinners who go on treasuring anything above seeing and savoring God. And people who would be happy in heaven if Christ were not there, will not be there. The gospel is not a way to get people to heaven; it is a way to get people to God. It’s a way of overcoming every obstacle to everlasting joy in God. If we don’t want God above all things, we have not been converted by the gospel.” ― John Piper, God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God’s Love as the Gift of Himself
The gospel is defined as a way for people to get to God through a man/God named Jesus.
What do you think?