No Other Gospel

6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant[b] of Christ.

–Devotion–

“Gospel is and should be nothing else than a discourse or story about Christ, just as happens among men when one writes a book about a king or a prince, telling what he did, said, and suffered in his day. Such a story can be told in various ways; one spins it out, and the other is brief. Thus the Gospel is and should be nothing more than a chronicle, a story, a narrative, about Christ, telling who he is, what he did, said, and suffered–a subject which one describes briefly, another more fully, one this way, another that way” Martin Luther, A Brief Instruction on what to Look for and Expect in the Gospels; Luther’s Works, AE; Vol. 35 pgs. 115-116

When St. Paul talks about “gospel” here he is using it in the sense Luther describes above. There were folks, Judahizers, who were changing the story to say something else thus preaching a different gospel. The same happens today. It happens when we take a piece of Scripture that comes from the very lips of Jesus himself–THE SON OF GOD–and then say, “it doesn’t HAVE to be that way, does it?” or, “What Jesus REALLY means is.” Take for example our Gospel reading for this upcoming week; Luke 14:25-35 (look it up then come back to this devotion).

Jesus is attacking theRun, Run Away! “good stuff.” And when he attacks the good stuff, the stuff we cherish, the stuff we hold more dear than him, it often leads us to back away from Jesus, his words, his commands, his Lordship. “he doesn’t really mean that does he? There is a way around this isn’t there?” Have you been hearing another Gospel? One that changes the story? Let us stop running away from Jesus and deal with Him, His Words, His Commands, His Lordship. Let us stop running from THE GOSPEL–because it is the only thing that will remain in the end anyway.

Pastor Beltz

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