Wednesday, September 23, 2009

You can't please men

Galatians 1:9-10 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.10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

Paul, who is writing a letter to the church in Galatia, is being really clear about preaching another gospel then what was preached by him and the apostles. That gospel was clear and to the point. In the Book of Romans Paul wrote that, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Rom 10:9-10. Paul was clear about the way of salvation. The Gospel or good news is the fact that Jesus died on a cross and shed his blood. He died and was resurrected on the third day. Moreover, if we confess with our mouths the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, Paul said we would be saved from the punishment that we deserve. Any other “gospel” is just will not due. Paul in fact said that if a preacher would preach any other gospel that he would be accursed.
Paul told the church that he doesn’t preach to please men. This message of Christ is not a popular message. People will say that message is short-sighted and intolerant. They are right. The message of the bible is not popular and does not allow the variations of other religions. The gospel of John clearly says, “Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God . ". Or John 14:6 says, “Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” These scriptures clearly show the scope of the gospel message.
Paul said if I were to please the world, I would not be a servant of Christ. The world mocks the message of Christ and the gospel we preach. It is the same today as it was in the days of Paul. The gospel is an obstacle to many and foolishness to the politically correct world we live in. Just because it is not a popular message, does not mean it should not be preached.

Tomorrows Readings:

Old Testament: Isaiah 1-3 New Testament Gal 2

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