The Gospel is eclipsed when something other than the Gospel becomes our hope for a right relationship with God, for personal change or fulfillment and for eternal life.
In other words, if I am thinking that anything I do is pleasing to God, I am wrong...He is only pleased with His Son, Jesus Christ. It's not about what I do, but about what God has done.
One thing I am so guilty of is being busy at mastering the Word rather than being mastered by it. Oh, and my self-righteousness!! I make myself sick when I think about how self-righteous I can be about not being as self-righteous as someone else.
Then...Then I remember...Grace...Oh, the sweet grace that God has given to this lowly woman who messes up all the time. He is busy at work in my life. Changing me, growing me, sanctifying me. One day, this flesh will be gone and I will be glorified, as Christ is glorified right now. That is the hope. One day, I will be like Him....
Edit: paster Eric Schumacher's sermon, The Gospel and It's Eclipse, is now available to listen to on line.
Your comments have such an encouragement to me. :o)