“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. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 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 1:6–8, NIV 1984).
“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?” (Galatians 3:1–3, NIV 1984). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8–9, NIV 1984).
My Musings – The Gospel of Christ is not something to be trifled with. It is and always has been by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone. There is no other Gospel. One cannot add to it (grace plus works) or subtract from it (grace to get, but works to keep). “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:6–7, NIV 1984).
Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord – by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone.
Continue to live in Him – by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone.
My Advice – “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” (Colossians 2:8, NIV 1984). Hollow philosophies, human tradition and the basic principles of this world would all be a different gospel “which is really no gospel at all.” Which only makes sense. How could philosophies and traditions conceived by humans based on the principles of a fallen world possibly make us right with a Holy God? Like most rhetorical questions, the answer is obvious.
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