When the Gospel Changes (Galatians 1:11-12) – Your Daily Bible Verse – August 24


When the gospel changes (Galatians 1:11-12)
By Jennifer Waddle

“But I let you know, brethren, that the gospel which I have preached is not after man. For I received it not from man, neither did I teach it, but it came by the revelation of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:11-12)

There are many ways to present the gospel, whether to children in vacation Bible school or to people on the street. But one thing remains the same: the gospel message itself.

Paul warned the Galatians that if anyone, even an angel from heaven, preached any other gospel to them, they would be anathema. These are strong words for serious times. And we are also in difficult times.

Watered down versions of what it means to be saved have seeped into the church. Words like sin, shame, deathand hell have been taken out of the tongues of some pastors. Even though the Bible is clear about the condition of mankind – sinful and deserving of death – people have decided to change the gospel to fit a softer, gentler version.

The wonderful truth of the gospel is that it does not fit the agendas, opinions or purposes of man. In fact, Paul said it was not according to man at all! Instead, the gospel calls people to repentance, to admit that they are sinners and need a Savior. It requires them to give up their shameful lives to submit to a righteous Saviour.

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I guess you could say that good news is also bad news. And because of this, people insist that the gospel must change with the times. It is much easier to say “I love Jesus”, but to continue to sin (even calling the sin “good”), than to say “I need Jesus because I am a sinner who deserves hell”.

One of the greatest comforts for believers around the world is that God never changes. He is constant, faithful and holy in all his actions. We don’t have to worry that one day He will come up with a different plan to save us. Instead, we are assured that “he has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a surety.”

Hold on to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Good News that says, “There is a God who loves you so much that he sent his only begotten Son to die on a cross for you. And when you repent of your sins, turn from them, and believe in Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you will be saved.

Remember, the gospel was not written from the imagination of man. He came by the revelation of Jesus Christ at the right time and in the right way. It does not need to be changed. So if you ever hear a “new” gospel being preached, run as fast as you can. Pray for discernment to know when gospel teaching is “extinguished” and test everything you hear in the light of Scripture.

Be encouraged today, knowing that you can rely on God’s unchanging grace. The Good News is still the same Good News that has been preached from the beginning. It’s something you can count on.

Jennifer Waddle is the author of several books, including Prayer WORRIER: Turning Every Worry into Powerful Prayer, and is a regular contributor for LifeWay, Crosswalk, Abide and Christians Care International. Jennifer’s online ministry is EncouragementMama.com where you can find her books and sign up for her weekly message, Discouragement does not win. She resides with her family near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, her favorite place on earth.

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