As I did yesterday, I am going to use the reference in Mark 1:15 as the basis of this blog; “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
The word “believe” or “faith” can be explained as “extending complete trust or reliance” on something outside yourself with “confidence,” adding nothing else to that trust. Jesus compares this belief to “little ones who believe in Me” (Matthew 18:6). This is simple trust that does not require intellectual reasoning or adding something we have to make it work.
Early in the Church, there were some who wanted to add requirements (works) to the gospel in order for the Gentiles to join the Church. Peter, Barnabas and Paul stood in opposition to this idea because it went against the very definition of “faith” (Acts 15:1-21; Galatians 2:15-16). If anything is added to faith or simple trust (belief) in Jesus for salvation by grace alone, then that message has become a “different gospel, not that there is another.” (Galatians 1:6).
We must be very careful today that we do not allow other voices (teachings) into our lives or churches that do not stand on the pure gospel, and therefore deceive those who are not anchored in the gospel of grace by faith (Ephesians 2:1-10).
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