Friday, October 26, 2018
Galatians 1:3-4 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.
NO SUBSTITUTE FOR THE GOSPEL
"Gospel" means "good news." Accepting any kind of substitute for the gospel of Jesus Christ is just the opposite-- bad news. When people Paul cared about were in danger of doing this, the apostle responded with shocked concern in Galatians chapter one. He said, "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" (6-7a).
Now what the Galatians were about to substitute for the gospel of Christ was the idea that what they did in the way of religious activities was what made them right with God.
Don't you buy it either.
It's not your doing, your accomplishments, your goodness that puts you in a position to call God "Father." No, it's the doing and dying of His Son, Jesus. This truth is one we dare never leave behind, but rather one we need to build on. Build our hearts on. Build our faith on. Build our lives on.