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Constant Meditation on the Four Gospels

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J.I. Packer has stressed the need for “constant meditation on the four gospels, over and above the rest of our Bible reading.” (See Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in Our Walk with God (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2005), p. 70, 71). He remarks that “[s]ome Christians seem to prefer the epistles as if this were a mark of growing up spiritually; but really this attitude is a very bad sign, suggesting that we are more interested in theological notions than in fellowship with the Lord Jesus in person.”

John Piper adds that “there is a revelation of the glory of God, the glory of Christ, in the gospel, in the knowledge of the historical revelation given in the Bible that is self authenticating.” In other words, Piper means that when one reads about Jesus in the four gospels, one sees that Jesus is a person like no other, of incomparable truth, compassion, love for both man and God, power, wisdom, boldness, justice and righteousness. He wins your allegiance when you look at Him with an open mind and heart.

And I thought again the other day how badly I need to see Jesus in this way. I need the gospels in my soul again and again. So I hope I will take Packer’s advice seriously, and that you will too. For the prosperity of our own souls and the blessing of those we know.



Written by Michael Duenes

June 16, 2015 at 4:07 am

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