Tuesday, April 23
6 I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from him who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — 7 not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are troubling you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, a curse be on him! 9 As we have said before, I now say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him!
10 For am I now trying to persuade people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
In these verses we see the main theme of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. There were many influencers around the Galatians that were tempting them to believe a lesser version of the true gospel. Paul is clear that there is no other gospel and that no man has the authority to add to, or take away from the gospel declared by Christ. Whatever God says is true, no matter who it is that might be saying something differently. As Christians we can not make adjustments to the gospel in order to make ourselves or others more comfortable with it. Our aim is to please Christ by pointing people to Him, not to satisfy people’s needs by making the gospel “work for them.”
Are there areas in your belief of the gospel that need to be refined by scripture? Are there things about yourself, others, or God that you’re believing that might not be true, but you believe them because of someone else’s influence? There is no other gospel besides the one that Jesus taught, ask the Lord to make the true gospel abundantly clear to you in your own life and for others around you.
Father, forgive me for ever adding to or taking away from the one true gospel. The gospel declares that Christ saved me while I was still a sinner, not because I cleaned myself up enough to be worth saving. The gospel declares that I’m free from my sin, which means that I’m not just free from the punishment of my sins, but that I don’t have to continue living in sin any longer. The true gospel has saved me so that my entire life points to Jesus. Help me live with the power of the true gospel so that I can glorify you in everything I do.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.