The Bonds of Freedom
The gospel is unconditional good news. Not having to do something, or obey someone, is always bad news. No, the gospel is indeed about getting to, which is always good news. It's the good news about what I get to have as I joyfully let God, through the Spirit, do his work in me: the certainty of victory over sin and death. Only when we embrace that victory—and renounce all claims to rule our pathetic private kingdoms—will we truly be set free.
Roger Olson is professor of theology at Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and the author, most recently, of Against Calvinism (Zondervan).
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