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June 15, 2013

Chapter 8 Out of the Shadows of Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian

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Some of my favorite quotes from Chapter 8 Out of the Shadows of Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian

Whenever we find ourselves focusing primarily (almost exclusively sometimes—at least, I’m guilty of that) on an expectation of rules and standards and values, and we’re imposing those things on others, then we’re building our life on shadows; we’re missing the substance. We’re missing the point, which is always Jesus.

 

Daily reformation is the fruit of daily resurrection.

 

In his book God in the Dock, C. S. Lewis makes the obvious point that “you can’t get second things by putting them first; you can get second things only by putting first things first.”.3 Behavior (good or bad) is a second thing and when we make it a first thing, we resort to the type of rules and regulations that Paul warns about here.

 

Paul hates man-made rules and regulations. And he hates them because God hates them.

Since the heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart, rules and regulations are never the solution.

 

The gospel grants us the strength to admit we’re weak and needy and restless—knowing that Christ’s finished work has proven to be all the strength and fulfillment and peace we could ever want, and more.

 

True spirituality is not introverted, but extroverted. It doesn’t take us deeper into ourselves; it sends us further out.

 

Martin Luther said, “God doesn’t need our good works, but our neighbor does.”

 

Our self-esteem culture would have us believe that the bigger we become, the freer we’ll be. But the gospel turns that on its head—the smaller we become, the freer we will be.

 

The world isn’t captivated by people trying to give the impression they have it all together. That’s not what draws them. What captures their attention is the sight of humble, desperate, dependent people who acknowledge their sin and who point to their Savior as the only one who can rescue us. The world, in other words, needs our confession, not our competence.

 

Jesus came first not to make bad people good, but to make dead people alive; that the primary goal of the gospel is to bring about mortal resurrection, not moral reformation. Christianity is not the move from vice to virtue, but rather the move from virtue to grace.

 

Pascal expressed it well when he said that we should make people wish the gospel were true, then show them that it is. Is your life—is my life—causing the people around us to hope desperately that the gospel is true? Is there a gospel-soaked attractiveness to our lives? Does an aroma of grace spill out from us into selfless service to others?

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