Summary: Have A Passion For The Gospel. Let God have you. Let God transform You. Let God Love You. And if you do, your heart will begin to hear the music and your feet will learn to dance .... as never before.
A family from a remote area .... was making their very first visit ... to the big city.
They checked into the grand hotel and stood in amazement .... at the impressive sight.
As Dad signed in at the reception desk, .... Mom and daughter came near the elevator entrance.
They had never seen an elevator before, ....and they just stared at it, ... unable to figure out what it was there for.
An old man hobbled towards the elevator and went inside. The door closed.
About a minute later, the door opened ... and out came a stunningly good-looking young man.
Mom could not stop staring.
Without turning her head, she patted her daughter's arm and said, "Honey, ...... Go get your dad." (Pause)
Well.... Unlike the elevator ... the Gospel of Jesus Christ.... The Gospel of the Cross ... truly does make a difference.
In the passage we considered last week, ... the apostle Paul made some strong arguments ... against what he called a ... "Different Gospel.
Which Paul went on to say .... really was NOT a Gospel ... at all.
Any message ... other than the Gospel of Christ ... the Gospel of the Cross .... was truly not .... Good News.
In today's passage .... from the letter to the Churches in Galatia, .... we take a deeper look ... at the other side of the coin.
Today we look not at a ... different gospel, ... but the one true Gospel.
And we shall see that it is a gospel .... that unlike the elevator or the counterfeit gospels .... makes a real difference... (Pause)
So ....... what is the difference between the gospel of Christ ... and those that are perverted or counterfeit?
It seems to me .... that there are three truths .... three life changing differences .... between the Gospel of Christ ... and that of the Counterfeit.
First I would like to consider the difference in the Source of the true Gospel.
For.... The true Gospel of Jesus Christ is "Transcendent".
It transcends culture.
It is not of human origin.
It was revealed through Jesus Christ and is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Hear Paul's Words: BIBLE "I want you to know, brothers and sisters, .... that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; for I did not receive it from a human source, .... nor was I taught it, .... but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ." END (Galatians 1:11-12)
The true good news is this: ... that salvation from sin ... can only be found in the sacrificial death of Christ.
This is no man made message.
It is so simple .... yet so magnificent ....and yet for many ... so difficult to comprehend.
It is a transcendent message, .... a message from the heart of God.
In opening sentence of Paul's Galatian letter.... Paul makes it clear that he is ... an apostle, .... a representative.... sent not by man, .... but by God.
And here in our text today ... Paul makes the same point ... concerning the Gospel Message.