Galatians Day 3- Time for Some Intolerance!

medium_9835315996If there is any value that is held up as an ultimate virtue in our culture today it is tolerance. When it comes to the gospel, what we learn in today’s text is a zero tolerance policy when it comes to teaching something other than the gospel. Check out what the scripture says:

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (9) As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8-9)

It doesn’t matter who changes it.   The translation of “accursed” is the greek word transliterated “anathema”. It refers to committing someone to destruction in eternal hell. Kind of a big deal right? Paul says in effect, “I can’t change it. Even someone like an angel who seems supernatural can’t change it. The reason it is so serious is because it has eternal implications.” It does matter what we believe and teach because teaching the wrong thing could impact someone’s eternity.

Just so there is no confusion, God is willing that all should come to repentance. Even the false teacher has the opportunity on this side of eternity to repent and believe the gospel. Still, no one has the right to change the gospel.

We should have no tolerance for teaching that proclaims another gospel.

Galatians Day 2- Abandoning the Gospel!

Devotion for January 22, 2014

Warning- very male illustration ahead.

397621743_fc701db610Imagine walking through an incredibly humid jungle in the middle of war torn Vietnam. Your a soldier in a platoon working your way through the underbrush to meet up with another unit in a short period of time. You look behind you to see if your fellow soldier has your back and you realize that he is gone. He left! He abandoned you. Now you are exposed and unprotected. This is a picture of the word “removed” in our text for today.

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

Paul expresses amazement at how far from the gospel they had gotten and how quickly it happened. They abandoned “him that called you into the grace of Christ”. They left. They abandoned the Lord, Paul and the gospel itself. Where did they go? What distracted them?

Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. (Galatians 1:6, 7)

False teaching and false teachers had drawn them away from the gospel that they had received. Notice that Paul says that this was on purpose. There were people who were trying to do this for multiple reasons.

False teachers and false teaching is not a new problem. Unbiblical preaching and teaching are easily found today. We have access to so much teaching on the Bible, and Paul gives us this warning- there are some who will teach the wrong thing for their own personal reasons.

Tomorrow we’ll be looking at how we respond to people who preach “another gospel” to us.

But for today think about this…

You and I have a responsibility to discern what we are being taught by the Truth of God’s Word.

This isn’t just true when someone is preaching or teaching. This is true of the “sermons” that we hear all the time from ourselves, tv, radio, blogs, podcasts, commercials, billboards, friends and family. And this is especially true when the teaching is dealing with the gospel itself.

Where are some of the places you hear these “sermons”?

Do you want to see God work?

I asked this question to my students tonight and it was amazing to see their response.  I am pretty sure that every person raised a hand in the room.  I’m also pretty sure that not every person in the room believes in God.  I know that is something that some may struggle with but I find it interesting that even those would love to see God work.

There is nothing like seeing God work.  I’ve seen marriages on the brink of separation and divorce come back together.  I’ve seen people with addictions come through them and gain victory.  I’ve seen grown men and women weep after finding out that their sins could be forgiven and their eternal destination can go from “hope so” to “know so”.

In every one of those circumstances one thing has been the same- God uses His Word, the Bible, to change peoples hearts.

“For the word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword…and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Do you want to see God work?

Read God’s Word.

Pray God’s Word.

Memorize God’s Word.

Proclaim God’s Word.

Listen to God’s Word.

Apply God’s Word.

Obey God’s Word.

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

New Thru 30- Day 3

Matthew 1- Matthew 12
1. God became flesh. Think about that! The infinite, all powerful, God of the universe became a baby to save us! Incredible!
2. Matthew 4:4-But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” This may seem like a weird statement, but doing what God’s word says brings life! When you apply biblical principles to your everyday it can bring life in ways that you would never think possible.
What are some ways that God’s Word can bring life?
3. Matthew 5:13-“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. ”
What do you think being salt means? It preserves, flavors, enhances, makes you thirsty. It’s valuable and useful when itstill has its’ flavor. Get the metaphor?
4. Matthew 7:24-“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:”
Hearing and doing God’s Word is what gives a firm foundation for our lives!
5. Matthew 9:36- “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.”. God give me your compassion for people!