Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Review: Gospel Deeps, Reveling in the Excellencies of Jesus by Jared C. Wilson

Gospel Deeps
Title: Gospel Deeps, Reveling in the Excellencies of Jesus
Author: Jared C. Wilson
Publisher: Crossway Books 30 September 2012
Genre: Non-Fiction
Labels: Salvation, Spiritual Growth, The Gospel
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 208
Rating: 5 Stars

"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, 'The just shall live by faith.'" Romans 1:16-17 NKJV
In the introduction, the author Jared Wilson, explains his goal in writing Gospel Deeps, he wants us to "get past the elementary level" and to "explore Gospel itself, holding it up like a diamond and examining some of its facets." pages 18, 22.
In examining the Gospel facets Jared Wilson wants to show us the bigness, the vastness, of the Gospel.
As a Christian we know what the word Gospel means (or should). The Gospel is the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Good News is that "God saves sinners through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ." page 23. Jesus Christ's death on the cross gave us forgiveness of sin. This forgiveness is perfect and complete.There are some big words I could have used such as propitiation, atonement, justification, righteousness. Yet, there maybe some people reading this review that have no idea what these words mean. To give a deeper explanation and to keep it in simple clear words, God is a Holy God. He is Holy in that he is set apart, pure, nothing can compare to Him. The Bible tells us we are all filthy rags, because in comparison to God we are filthy, imperfect, steeped in sin. We sin on purpose, we sin when we're not conscious of it, we also sin in our minds (thinking no one would ever know). If we compare ourselves to another human (which we do) we could say "I'm not as bad as him or her." But, comparing ourselves to God, there is no comparison. Because God is Holy. When Jesus shed His blood on the cross, it was done in order for us to be made right before God. He took our punishment. He gave His life, so we wouldn't have to.
Examples of topics in Gospel Deeps: dealing with reconciliation through the Gospel, a "secure view of our self", "the sin nature that is at war in us", understanding the reality and graveness and ugliness of our sin, Abraham's obedience, "why does God allow suffering", defining God's glory, and God's love for us.

My Thoughts:
I gave Gospel Deeps 5 stars because:
1. It reminded me that the Gospel not only saves me, but is the center-point of my daily life. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is my life-boat and my anchor. It not only saves me from eternal death, but it is life. An abundant life. This does not mean a trouble-free life; but a life made solid, and with purpose, because of it.
2. Jared reminded me that the Gospel is not just for unbeliever's to know and come to belief in. It is for me, right now, where I am.
3. The Gospel is not a "cliche", it is not a churchy word that an evangelical throws around. It's a God word with a God definition. Not man-made.
4. Jared Wilson explained his points well and they made a deep impression on me. His applications gave me something I could relate to.  

Authors Website:
http://jaredcwilson.com/
Authors list of books:
http://www.jaredcwilson.com/pages/books
Authors link @ Gospel Coalition:
http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/gospeldrivenchurch/

Link for Gospel Deeps @ Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Gospel-Deeps-Reveling-Excellencies-Jesus/dp/1433526409/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362077258&sr=1-1&keywords=gospel+deeps
Paperback $11.51
Kindle $9.39

1 comment:

Becky said...

This sounds like a great book!