It is important to learn what the real source for Paul’s gospel was. Looking at this carefully, helps protect ourselves from the dangers of receiving a false gospel. The reference below is from the first letter that Paul wrote which shows how concerned he was at the beginning of his ministry about the purity of the gospel of grace. Galatians is believed to have been written right after the Jerusalem council in 50 AD. We can understand from the influences at work at that council that Paul wanted to make it very clear how works of law were not part of the gospel of grace.
“For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ” (Galatians 1:11–12).
It is evident from this letter that persons had “deserted him (Christ) who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – not that there is another one” (1:6-7). This problem has plagued the Church from the beginning. Therefore, it is incumbent on us to make sure we are not “turning to a different gospel.” If we are concerned about reaching the unreached, preach the pure gospel. If we are concerned about church growth and multiplication, preach the pure gospel. This is the foundation of all ministry. Without it, we rob God of His glory.
What is your source document? Take time to read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 1 Peter 1:20-21.
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