TESTING OUR VALUES
Like many other times in the history of the Church, Acts 15 was a very crucial event. The Jerusalem Council was successful in that it came to the right conclusion regarding the gospel of pure grace. So strong was their decision that they sent a letter out to other churches by the hand of Paul, Barnabas, and Silas (15:22-29).
Before we conclude that all is well, we must turn to Paul’s first letter which was written very soon after the Jerusalem Council. It appears that a few false teachers took the opportunity to rush up to the Galatian churches and deceive them into believing a “different gospel.” Notice Paul’s strong language regarding this situation.
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ” (Galatians 1:6–7). Later Paul comments about those “who slipped in to spy out our freedom what we have in Christ Jesus…to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you” (2:4-5).
Our love for the pure gospel of grace will be tested by those who desire to undermine the truth. Our love for the pure gospel of grace will also be proven strong when we are willing to stand up against forces of error that weaken its truth.
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