The Gospel Path
Note: If you are following along with me in the New Testament, today’s reading is Galatians 1. If you got behind on Mark, now is a great time to jump in!
I once was traveling to a mountainous area in Haiti called Ponce de Pins. We were going to setup a medical clinic in this very rural village. There were probably a dozen of us in the bed of a truck riding up a narrow mountain road. As we went up the mountain, I think everyone could sense the tension. If we drive off this path, we really could all lose our lives. The road was stable. It was plenty wide for the truck. But we needed to stay on the path, because there was a solid rock wall on one side, and a cliff on the other.
In Galatians, Paul is challenging the church at Galatia to stay on the path. Have you ever felt like your Christian life was just an alternating cycle of trying really hard and failing, then giving up and doing things you regret? One day you’re driving into the rock wall of law hoping to save yourself by doing all the right stuff. Instead you get stuck in the cold harsh rocks, unable to move forward with Christ, or worse, crushed by the rigidness. So you over correct. You make a hard turn towards what you think is grace, but you end up driving off the cliff into a free fall of sin. You end up crashing and burning in shame in regrets. Does this sound familiar?
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the path we walk as Christians. This is what the book of Galatians is all about. Staying on the gospel path. A group of people came into the church at Galtia and tried to tell them that Jesus wasn’t enough. That the cross wasn’t enough. They wanted these young believers to obey the Old Testament law. To work a little harder. This whole saved by grace thing is too easy right? Not according to Paul!
“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.”
– Galatians 1:6–7
There is only one way to live at peace with God. THE Gospel. Tomorrow we’ll dig a little deeper into what it means to live in the gospel. For today, let’s just remember there is only one path. Jesus Christ. He gave himself for us. It is by his blood that we have hope of heaven. It is by the power of his resurrection that we walk the path. We don’t save ourselves and we also don’t live as though we haven’t encountered a saving King, Jesus Christ. His grace hides our sin and motivates our righteousness. What a Savior!
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