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Deserting Christ

Scripture reading for May 14th: Galatians 1

Key Scriptures: Galatians 1:3-8 “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to Whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting Him Who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel–not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the Gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a Gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.”

Paul was writing to the Galatian church concerning a troubling development that came to his attention. There were false teachers there who were distorting the Gospel of Christ Jesus. This was causing believers to desert Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation and begin to seek to find salvation through works of the Law in addition to faith in Jesus. This was troubling because there was only one Gospel and one Savior, Jesus Christ! Paul had received this Gospel by a revelation of Jesus Christ. Paul called down a curse on anyone, including angels in heaven or himself, who would preach another gospel. He repeated this for emphasis because this was a life and death matter.

Galatians 1:11-12 “For I would have you know, brothers, that the Gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for revealing Your Gospel of repentance and faith in Your sacrifice on Calvary’s cross. Thank You for revealing this Gospel to Your apostles and disciples, to Paul, and to me and all who have believed. Help me to preach the full Gospel of Jesus Christ.

2nd Corinthians 11:3 “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

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No perverted Gospel!

Scripture reading for August 17th:  Galatians 1

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the One who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel–which is really no gospel at all.  Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!”  (Galatians 1:6-8)

Galatians is thought the first letter written by the Apostle Paul.  He wrote this letter to “churches in Galatia” in order to clarify the gospel message he first delivered to them.  His clear gospel message that had brought them salvation was being ‘perverted’ by Jewish false teachers who claimed to be saved by  faith in Christ, but wanted to add the keeping of Jewish law as a requirement for being a Christian.  This teaching was pleasing to the Jews who had become Christians and was part of the motivation behind it.  It seemed like a good idea in that the Jewish believers could continue to observe the law and would not suffer persecution from their family or nation.

Paul opened this letter with a strong statement about anyone who would pervert the gospel:  “let him be eternally condemned!”  A false gospel cannot save!  Teaching a false gospel sends those who follow it to eternal condemnation! Adding the keeping of the law and circumcision would  bring condemnation of failure and nullify the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the gift of salvation by God’s grace!

We must guard the gospel message carefully, for in it is the power of God for salvation!  (Romans 1:16)   Be on guard against a ‘perverted gospel’!  It is by grace alone through faith in Christ alone that we are saved!

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Paul’s call and the Gospel!

Scripture reading for September 14th: Galatians 1:1-24

Paul was an apostle who was sent by Jesus Christ and God the Father to minister to Gentiles.  Paul had ministered in Galatia and planted churches there among Gentiles.  Certain false teachers from among the Jewish believers had come along later and tried to persuade these Gentile believers that they needed to follow the Jewish custom of circumcision in order to be saved.  Paul wrote this letter after his first missionary journey and the experience of the council at Jerusalem to encourage the church to trust in Christ’s sacrifice alone to save them.  (Acts 15:28)

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel–which is really no Gospel at all.  Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the Gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!  As we have already said, so now I say again:  If anybody is preaching to you a Gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:6-9)  Paul was emphatic, twice repeating the curse on those changing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  No one can change what God has done.  No one can add to Christ’s work on the cross without taking away from the Gospel!  Not even angels can change or add to it!

Paul did not make up the Gospel nor did he get it from some of the other disciples.  He got it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ.  (Galatians 1:12)  Paul was a persecutor of the church of Jesus Christ and zealous for the traditions of the fathers of Judaism.   But God revealed Jesus Christ to Paul and called him to preach to the Gentiles.  (Acts 9:5,15)  Paul went immediately to Arabia and then to Damascus.  He spent three years there before going to Jerusalem to visit with Peter and James.  These apostles had heard about his conversion and preaching and now got to meet this man.  They thanked God for what He had done. (Galatians 1:18-24)

Paul’s Gospel message came directly from Christ, not even from the apostles James and Peter.  The Gospel cannot be changed, only preached to those in need of salvation.   Do you know the true Gospel?

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Sunday Rest and Reflection: 2nd Corinthians 10-13

Dear Friends,

Welcome to another day of rest!  This cycle of working 6 and resting one day is really a gift from God for us!  God knows that we really need rest!  The rest we need is from trying to work for His approval!  In Christ, we are completely approved and accepted in the beloved!  Let’s enter this day fully resting in Christ!

In order to complete our reading this year, we must read for 5 more Sundays!  In our devotion, I have picked out several key scriptures to meditate on today.  May you find God speaking to you through His Word!

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.” 2nd Corinthians 10:4-5

“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ.  And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.  It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness.  Their end will be what their actions deserve.” 2nd Corinthians 11:13-15

“But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.””  “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That’s why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2nd Corinthians 12:9-10

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.  Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? 2nd Corinthians 13:5

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2nd Corinthians 13:14

Resting in His matchless love,  Pastor John

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