Once upon a time is now

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But the whole point of the fairy tale of the Gospel is, of course, that he is the king in spite of everything. The frog turns out to be the prince, the ugly duckling the swan, the little gray man who asks for bread the great magician with the power of life and death in his hands, and though the steadfast tin soldier falls into the flames, his love turns out to be fireproof. There is no less danger and darkness in the Gospel than there is in the Brothers Grimm, but beyond and above all there is the joy of it, this tale of a light breaking into the world that not even the darkness can overcome.

That is the Gospel,
this meeting of darkness and light
and the final victory of light.

That is the fairy tale of the Gospel with, of course, the one crucial difference from all other fairy tales, which is that the claim made for it is that it is true, that it not only happened once upon a time but has kept on happening ever since and is happening still. To preach the Gospel in its original power and mystery is to claim in whatever way the preacher finds it possible to claim it that once upon a time is this time, now, and here is the dark wood that the light gleams at the heart of like a jewel, and the ones who are to live happily ever after are…all who labor and are heavy laden, the poor naked wretches wheresoever they be.

–Frederick Buechner
Telling the Truth

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We all preach

sauntering

Every day you preach
to yourself a gospel
of your loneliness, inability,
and lack of resources or
you faithfully preach
to yourself the gospel
of the Lord Jesus Christ.

–Paul David Tripp

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Dangerous grace

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There is no better test as to whether a man is really preaching the New Testament gospel of salvation than this, that some  people might misunderstand it and mis-interpret it to mean that it really amounts to this, that because you are saved by grace alone it does not matter at all what you do; you can go on sinning as much as you like because it will redound all the more to the glory of grace. If my preaching and presentation of the gospel of salvation does not expose it to that misunderstanding, then it is not the gospel. . . . There is this kind of dangerous element about the true presentation of the doctrine of salvation.
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–D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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