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The heartbeat of our lives as Christians

From the NIV Application Commentary on Ezekiel by Iain Duguid

      The gospel is not merely the starting point from which we move on to ethics; it is the heartbeat of our lives as Christians. That is why Paul could say in 1 Corinthians 2:2: “I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” Presumably, Paul is not saying that he only preached evangelistic sermons while ignoring the task of discipleship. Rather, he means that every sermon he preached had a focus on the cross of Christ, whose implications he then drew out for every area of life. To put it simply, he never preached Ephesians 4-6 (the ethical imperatives) without Ephesians 1-3 (the gospel indicative). Our sanctification flows out of our justification. (33-34, Bold added)
      (HT: Michael Tran)
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