Acting in line with the gospel

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20 October, 2019Simon DentOne road to freedom

The gospel is that Jesus, the Son of God was sent to us by God to stand in our place to be our savior and now to stand as our leader and our life. The gospel, is Jesus plus nothing equals everything. He is love and He holds us. If you have been at Coro for a while you will have heard this. It is the gospel we preach. However how easy it is for us to act according to a different ‘gospel’. One that says at the end of the day is really is up to me securing my own life. If I have my way, if I manipulate things the way I want then life will be good. We all do it. Even Peter, the leader of the early Church did this and was called out by Paul in his hypocrisy. There is one antidote to this says Paul. Go back to the good news. Be a people focused on Jesus.

11 When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. 13 The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.

14 When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, ‘You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?

15 ‘We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.

17 ‘But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18 If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a law-breaker.

19 ‘For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!'

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