Are you getting and believing the whole gospel or a lopsided one? Are you asking, “What on earth do you mean?” Today’s devotional will explain. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
I Peter 2:21
1 Peter 2:21 English Standard Version (ESV)
21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
I Peter 2:21
“I am afraid that, in these days, some are preaching in a lop-sided way. Years ago, Christ was set forth almost exclusively as an example. ‘Concerning the Imitation of Christ’ was the great matter of public discourse, and many books were written upon that important theme; but, inasmuch as in those days they forgot and undervalued the sacrifice of Christ, and did not preach justification by faith in his precious blood, their preaching was but dim and inefficient, and Christ was not largely imitated after all, although men were bidden to imitate him. Now, we preach his sacrifice; in many of our places of worship the atonement of Christ is very clearly proclaimed, and the plan of salvation by virtue of his precious blood is very widely declared with more or less of clearness, for which I thank God. But we must take care that we do not forget that Christ is our example as well as our atonement, — and that, while by his death we live, the life which we live is to be conformed to the life of the Son of God, who loved us, and gave himself for us. He did not merely come to save us from the guilt of sin, but he came to save us from the power of sin. He does not merely bring us pardon, but he brings us holiness, and he comes to make us like himself. This, indeed, is the end of his life and of his death, that we might grow into his image, and become truly replicas, repetitions of Christ, according to our degree, among the sons of men.”
[Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLIII, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1897), p. 192-193]