Protecting the gospel

Galatians 1:6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel
Desertion. That’s a pretty tough word. It brings up all sorts of thoughts of abandoned families or soldiers who abandon their posts. It speaks of failure. It speaks of giving up or giving in.

This is the word Paul uses to describe people who add something to Jesus in order to be right before God. He doesn’t just say that they are misguided. He doesn’t say that they had made a mistake. No, he says that they had deserted Jesus who had died for them.

How precious this gospel is! It is life to us. It is the only way to God. In fact, the gospel is not just a teaching to believe. He is a person. He is Jesus. No addition is necessary. Any addition is worse than unnecessary. It is a betrayal.

Our encouragement today? Protect the gospel. Protect that relationship from any addition. It is Jesus alone that we trust for salvation. It is Jesus alone that we live our life in and live our life for. Let nothing come between you and Jesus. His is a relationship worth protecting.

Something to think about,
Pastor John

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