Summary: Sermon 2 in the Galatians series. We are justified by faith alone, in Christ alone, by the Grace of God alone.
If I say the word “Gospel”, what do you think about?
Or if I were to ask you “What is the Gospel?” What would you say?
Do you think of:
Finished work of Christ on the cross,
His sacrificial and atoning death – the price paid for our sins
His burial, His resurrection
Do you think of Faith alone, in Christ Alone?
If that is our answer, if that is what we think of when we talk about the Gospel, then we are in line with scripture and we have a biblically accurate picture of the Gospel.
To understand the gospel is to understand salvation.
To understand the gospel is to understand our need for a Savoir -
Our complete lack of ability to have a right relationship w/ God apart from Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross.
What do you think? Do you think that the majority of the people in our community have a solid grasp of the Gospel?
How about the people in our churches? Do you think THEY have a solid grasp of the gospel? Of what it means to have a saving faith?
I’m afraid it’s fewer people than you might think.
As human beings we have this almost irresistible urge, this tendency to put ourselves in the center of the universe.
We make everything MAN Centered – its all about ME ME ME
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME
In a MAN centered world, everything can shift and change depending on who you are.
This scripture might mean one thing to you, but something else to me –
whos to say what is right and what is wrong.
Can there really be any absolute, objective truth
Not in a man – centered world.
In a man-centered world there can’t just be 1 way – can there? That’s too narrow minded
In a man-centered world, everyone can claim his or her own truth
When we put man at the center of our thinking,
When we focus on ourselves instead of focusing on HIM,
All of the sudden its about what I can do
WHAT CAN I DO to have eternal life – What Can I do to become righteous?
Give me a formula to follow, Give me an aisle to walk down
Give me a prayer to say, some rules to obey, some good deeds to do
Follow these rules, be a good person, or at least better than your neighbor,
Do some good deeds, and you are on your way – RIGHT?
OR if Jesus is the way to salvation – I can at least Add to my salvation with good deeds, or with tradition and obedience to laws , RIGHT?
We see it every where these days – People trying to add something to salvation
That is where we are in the book of Galatians.
The new Christians in Galatia are being mislead, they are being convinced that in order to be good Christians, they have to follow Jewish laws and traditions. The problem is, When you add an extra requirement for salvation, you are saying that the suffering of Christ on the Cross was not enough, that the work of Christ on the cross was not sufficient to pay our sin debt. – to save you
That is a serious error – not just a diff. Of opinion on a secondary issue
Paul is so focused on getting to the point and correcting the error that he skips his usual praise and thanks to God for the people he is writing his letter to.
Instead, he jumps right in with his rebuke for those in Galatia who are in the process of deserting the Gospel