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The Essence

January 15, 2009

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The essence of eternal life is not found in having my sins forgiven, in possessing a mansion in heaven, or in having streets of gold on which to walk forever. Rather, the essence of eternal life is intimately knowing God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent. Everything else that God gives to me in the gospel serves merely to bring me to Himself so that this great end might be achieved (emphasis mine). Christ died for the forgiveness of my sins so that I might be brought “to God.” Christ is preparing a place for me in heaven so that He might receive me “to [Him]self” and have me forever with Him where He is. And yes, there is a great street of gold in heaven, but is there any doubt where the street leads? Unquestionably, it leads straight to the throne of God Himself, as do all of God’s gifts to me in the gospel. . . . The “gospel of God” is from God, comes through God, and leads me to God; and its is in Him that my soul finds its truest joy and rest.

-Milton Vincent, A Gospel Primer for Christians

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Josh permalink
    January 15, 2009 10:34 am

    Amen! Thanks for the reminder my love 🙂

  2. January 15, 2009 2:15 pm

    Danielle, that’s awesome. Thanks for that. Everyone seems to be reading this book – I must get to it when Toby gets back from India!

  3. January 16, 2009 9:35 am

    Danielle, this quote is amazing. I’ve never seen what I’ve been learning over the last few years put that succinctly. I have chills.

    Why don’t we evangelize out of this? Why don’t we ask others, “how did you meet Him?” or “Do you know Him?”

    Thank you for posting this. I will have to find that book.

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