“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 1:8, NIV
The Gospel by its very name means “Good News.” It is considered Good News because it announces there is a solution for man’s greatest problem. We know that this “Good News” is received by faith in the grace of God. Forgiveness is not something we earn or even could earn. Forgiveness is a gift that we receive. The greatest need you and I will ever have is the removal and forgiveness of our sins. Knowing that our sin eternally separates us from a Holy God puts into perspective the great gift God offers to those who will receive it by faith.
Unfortunately, many throughout history have tried to replace this gift of God’s forgiveness with works of the law. It is packaged with stories of great revelation and insight. Some speak of strong wonderful experiences while others are so bold as to say an angel gave them the message. Others just simply try to re-interpret Scripture. Most of these are inconsistent with the original message of God’s free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
Satan spends much time trying to shift this fundamental message because apart from Christ no man can be saved. In Paul’s day, while writing to the Galatians, people were adding requirements to the Gospel. We do the same today. The Scripture calls the cross a stumbling block. What it means is we have a hard time accepting that God became a man and loves us so much that He died for our sins.
The above Scripture is strong language because Paul is addressing a problem that was real then and is still real today. Paul says that a person is to be eternally condemned. Every time we get away from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ, we walk on rocky soil. We let go of our roots and the winds of life shake us down until we fall hopelessly in despair.
QUESTION: Do you keep Jesus in the center of all your talk concerning salvation and sanctification?