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The Simplicity of The Gospel
1/29/2014

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel... Gal. 1:6 (NKJV)

The people in the region of Galatia had been given the good news about Jesus Christ—that by faith, through grace (unmerited favor) they could be saved from the death of sin (Eph. 2:8-9), if they would simply believe in their hearts and confess with their mouth Jesus as Lord (Rom. 10:9-10).  They believed, and confessed, but now Paul was writing the young church of Christian converts to tell them they were erring by turning away from grace. 

Q:         So how could they willingly turn away from, or potentially lose something they didn’t earn in the first place?

There were some Jewish Christians, who were unhappy with Paul, because of his invitations to the gentiles to come to God.  They started visiting the new churches Paul had established in an effort to “Judaize” these new gentile converts.  More specifically, they were attempting to persuade them to take additional steps after making a profession of faith in Jesus Christ—saying they needed to become Jews through circumcision if they were going to be truly saved. So in essence, the new converts were no longer believing in the sufficiency of God's grace.    Paul clearly called this a perversion of the gospel of Christ, and rebuked those who were entertaining this lie. 

Ever since Christ came to this world to die for the sin of mankind, Satan has been attacking the simplicity of the gospel message.  We can see Paul speaking this same truth in his letter to the church of Corinth. 

But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 2 Cor. 11:3 (NKJV)

We must be able to see the lies of the enemy clearly, and be prepared to expose them.  The only way we will be able to do this is by knowing the scriptures, and to share God’s truth within them.  God has made His message of salvation simple; let’s keep it simple.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn about adding to the simplicity of the gospel message?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to share the gospel message with others today?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s guard ourselves against those who would pervert the simplicity of the gospel message of Jesus Christ

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to die upon the cross for our sin.  Thank You for Your Love, mercy and amazing grace (unmerited favor).  Help us to share Your love with others today.  Fill us afresh with Your Spirit and empower us to be bold when sharing.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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