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Whos Hindering Us? - Part 1
9/9/2013

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:6-9 (NKJV)

The Book of Galatians is a great book, and one of my favorites within the New Testament.  The Apostle Paul wrote this letter to those who had made a profession of faith in Jesus—to those who had accepted the Gospel message.  The Galatians had accepted this truth and freedom, only to be tempted to walk right back into the bondage they were freed from—attempting to obey every one of God’s laws in an effort to earn His love and His forgiveness.

Truth is, we could take this same letter today and put just about any town or city name on the front of it in lieu of Galatia. This is because we face the same temptation to walk away from the simple truth of our freedom in Christ—attempting to somehow curry God’s favor, and to earn His love and our salvation by trying to keep all His laws. 

There are a couple of common reasons I believe for this.  I think the first reason people start out well, but become hindered in obeying the truth is they are being deceived by Satan to believe their profession of faith in Jesus was not enough to be saved. 

This is exactly what was happening to the believers in Galatia.  They were being confronted by Judaizers (extremist Jewish faction within the church), who told them this was not enough—they must do more!  The Galatians were told they were going to have to submit to Jewish laws and traditions to really be saved.  Unfortunately, all too often, Christian believers are being deceived into believing in something other than the Gospel message (See 1 Cor. 15:1-4).  And most of the time, these false beliefs will mandate doing something in addition to what God’s word instructs us to do.  

These deceptions can take on different forms, but the goal is often the same—tempting believers and non-believers alike, to take their eyes off of the Bible, and to lead them to put equal or more credence into other writings.  When the enemy can minimize the truths contained within the Bible—especially by adding, deleting, or substituting it altogether, he will be successful. 

Virtually every false doctrine will attempt to take away from what Jesus did on the cross, and will insist on adding something more to do in order to be accepted and saved by God.  We see this prevalent in many false beliefs—some claiming to be Christian.  The enemy knows he cannot stop the truth from being spread, of what Jesus has done upon the cross for our sins, so he has resulted to counterfeiting the Christian belief, and substituting simplicity of grace and faith, with works and religion. 

Let’s be clear here, God has told us to watch out for these false doctrines—stating some believers would even depart from the faith because of them (1 Tim 4:1).  And Paul sternly warned believers, “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed (Gal. 1:8).

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6 (NKJV)

Let’s guard ourselves from being deceived by the enemy—by his temptation to believe in other messages and false doctrines claiming another gospel.  Let’s guard ourselves against anyone coming to our door, attempting to give us another book or a magazine—claiming they contain the real truth, or saying we need to read them in addition to the Bible—because it’s a lie!  God’s word is sufficient.

God has told us, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  This settles it.  The Bible will equip us for EVERY good work—especially when it comes to our salvation.

In Part 2 we will look at another way the enemy is deceiving us as Christians, and how he is hindering us in obeying the truth.

STUDY QUESTION: What does the Bible say about other gospel messages other than the one contained within the Bible according to Galatians 1:6-9?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you believe you are saved by grace through faith, and not of works?   Do you believe Jesus is the only way to be saved? 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s continue to be committed to reading our Bible daily, so we can properly answer those who come with deceiving doctrines of demons.

LET’S PRAY:  Father, thank You for giving us the Gospel message within Your word.  Thank You for giving us the Holy Spirit to lead us in all truth.  Father, we pray for those who have been deceived into leaving the simplicity of the Gospel message.  We pray for their eyes to be opened to Your truth, and for them to see the lies of the enemy for what they really are.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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