He who has not felt what sin is in the Old Testament knows little what grace is in the New. He who has not trembled in Moses, and wept in David, and wondered in Isaiah will rejoice little in Matthew or rest little in John. He who has not suffered under the Law will scarcely hear the glad sound of the gospel.
~ R. W. Barbour
The bottom line is this. That the gospel is about the forgiveness of sins so the Spirit might come. The goal of all this covenant activity is to restore a lost relationship to connect God to his people as he lives within.
~ Darrell Bock
The gospel is about the privilege of God entering our lives permanently from within our being, restoring his relationship with us, and making us part of his precious family.
~ Darrell Bock
The Christian gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. It undermines both swaggering and sniveling. I cannot feel superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone. I do not think more of myself nor less of myself. Instead, I think of myself less.
~ Tim Keller
The true gospel is a call to self-denial. It is not a call to self-fulfillment.
~ John MacArthur
The power of the gospel changes him… and makes them into a new creation. … for the work of Christ sweeps away both his good and his evil and turns him into another man. …it also includes an actual change in the life of the individual. … a transformation as deep as the roots of his human life. If it does not go that deep, it does not go deep enough.
~ A.W. Tozer