HOLD ON TO THE GOSPEL OF GRACE
Friday, 20 March 2015
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel.” Galatians 1:6 (KJV)
The church in Galatia received Christ in the Spirit but some people tried to pervert the simplicity of the gospel. They told others that their salvation would not be complete until they did certain things. The people were told that they had to be circumcised and had to keep the laws and ordinances instituted on Mount Sinai. These false ministers were saying in effect: “You cannot only say that you are a child of God and simply receive Jesus. It cannot be so.” Therefore, Paul the Apostle had to address the issue in a very strong manner.
The implication of our text today is that any message that is contrary to God’s grace for His people is another gospel. Any gospel that tries to add laws to your salvation is another gospel. That is not the gospel that Paul the Apostle preached.
Child of God, if you remove grace from the Church, we have nothing left. Paul the Apostle declares: “But by the grace of God, I am what I am” (1 Corinthians 15:10, KJV). If grace is taken away from the Church, we will be completely naked. We will become mince meat in the hands of the devil.
There are people going about today perverting the gospel of grace. Don’t heed them. They are preaching another gospel. They want to put you in bondage, but the scriptures say: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1, KJV).
Any gospel that brings the people of God into bondage must be rejected. It is not a gospel of grace. Any gospel that will deprive you of your joy and not allow you to enjoy your Christianity must never be embraced. Child of God, hold on to the gospel of grace. His grace is sufficient. Remember: “[. . .] by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of your works: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8, KJV). Continue in grace!
Further reading: Galatians 1:6-9; 3:6-14; 5:1-7 Daily Bible reading: Morning-Joshua 4-6, Evening-Luke 1:1-20