Ever so often, there comes a book that forces you to think deeply about something that you may have taken for granted, something that you’ve grown accustomed to and maybe thus come to assume.
Gospel Deeps: Reveling in the Excellencies of Jesus by Jared C. Wilson is one of those books.
It prods you to take a deeper look at the gospel of Jesus Christ; to stare and be mesmerized by the numerous, wonderful aspects of the good news that is the atonement of our Lord and Savior. If you thought that the gospel was shallow, this book will make you think otherwise–the gospel is very, very deep and you have only skimmed the surface.
For example, in Chapter 1, Wilson goes through how the gospel reconciles us on multiple levels–a very helpful reminder for all of us who have not thought deeply about reconciliation. In the next chapter (Ch.2), Wilson uncovers three different “views” the gospel gives believers: a secure self, a redemptive view of place, and an epic view of God. A nice, surprising chapter is Ch.3 where Wilson reveals what it means to be “at play in the fields of the Lord” and really encourages readers to rejoice in the gospel and the true joy it brings.
I could go on about the other chapters of the book, but suffice to say, this is an important read for even the maturest of Christians. Its strength lies in its overall ability to force the reader to slow down and consider slowly, in detail, the vast and grand accomplishment of God in Christ. Some parts may seem like a refresher course for the well-versed disciple, but Wilson writes in a way that is thought provoking and unlike any authors in our day. I trust you’ll be quite encouraged after reading Gospel Deeps as much as I was.