September 2, 2012
The Apostle Paul wrote, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:6-8).
In our world today, the Gospel is being diluted and “watered down.” We are being told that “there are many ways to God,” and that followers of all religions worship the same God. Oh really?
Well, these beliefs don’t “line up” to what Jesus said. He stated emphatically, when He was here on the earth, “‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6).So that totally contradicts those who say that we must be “inclusive” and accept the other founders of other religions as equal to Jesus.
Also, Luke writes, “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus” (Acts 3:13). And this verse is exclusive and unambiguous in its statement that God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and also whose Son is the Lord Jesus. There is no getting around the truth of this statement from the inspired Word of God. It cannot be any clearer than this. There is no “wiggle room” or “gray area” here.
Here’s the good news: Jesus, who is the Son of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is coming soon! I love this passage which describes His soon return, “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Revelation 19:11-16). These are the truths of the Gospel, and any other message is another gospel, “which is really no gospel at all” (Galatians 1:6). Without Jesus, there would be no Gospel or “good news.”
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