Minimizing the Cross of Jesus Christ
Daily Bible Reading – Job 30; Psalm 120; Galatians 3, 4
Today’s Key Passage – Galatians 3:1-14
Paul was very concerned about the Galatians. The Galatians had started to believe the Judaizers who preached that Gentiles had to become Jews before they could become Christians. They had started to impose Jewish legalism stating that works could earn God’s favor. This false gospel minimized the importance of the death of Jesus Christ by implying that justification (salvation) could be gained through works.
The idea of justification by works goes against the message of the Gospel. No man or woman can be saved by his or her own deeds. We are all saved by the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is because of what He did that we can be reconciled with God, not because of anything we can do. Believers today still run the risk of falling into the trap of justification by works. It is easy to start feeling as if we can earn favor by doing good deeds. It is easy for people who do many good things like serving the local church or giving to the needy to look down on other believers who do not do as much. It is important, though, to remember that in the eyes of God, we are all the same. In the eyes of God, a “baby Christian” is no less justified than a person who has followed Christ for decades. Our works can be part of our sanctification over time, but our justification in the eyes of God is secure from day one. When a person thinks that “living right” can secure salvation, that person is essentially saying that Jesus did not have to die, but we know that Jesus opened the door to salvation for us. When it comes to eternal life, Christ is the only key that fits that lock.
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