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Christ is Enough…Period. (Blog & Podcast)

August 31, 2018

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For centuries the people of God, the Jews, demonstrated their love for God through their works, their sacrifices, and those things they refrained from in their lives. Jesus came and was preaching the same type of message as far as surrendering to God, but with a different approach. While we are still called to obedience, the days of multiple sacrifices would be gone. He, Himself, would be the one and only needed sacrifice. It was about a relationship, rather than a series of sacrifices. Christ was, and is, enough.

Paul writes a letter to the Galatians because he has been made aware of the fact that they have taken the Gospel of Grace and corrupted it. Some of the Jews are now saying that yes, the Gospel is open to all people, but the Gentiles must become Jews first, before they can come to Christ, and continue with the ceremonies and such. This was not the Gospel that Jesus preached.

Galatians 1:6-7, I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from him who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are troubling you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.

What is happening here is that men and women are turning from the gospel by adding something to it. The Gospel is the Gospel and to add anything to it is to pervert it and is no Gospel at all. You don’t need to become Jewish on order to follow Christ. You don’t need to continue in the sacrifices, as some were teaching in this day, for Christ IS your sacrifice. You don’t need to live in fear that somehow you cannot measure up, for Christ IS the measuring stick. If you know Christ, your hope is secure.

With that said, let’s make some practical applications from the text from what Paul is saying

Paul is saying that Christ is enough…to rescue us
We cannot add anything to the Gospel that Christ did not put there. Salvation comes by grace, through faith, period.Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” A works-based salvation is not only impossible to achieve, but it also seems to exalt the work of man, versus the work of Christ. If I can achieve works-based salvation, then I could be tempted to say “look at what I did”. Christ is enough to rescue us.

Paul is saying that Christ is enough…to pursue us
Verse 6 says they are so quickly turning away from him who “called” them by the grace of Christ. It was by grace that we were called to salvation. We were undeserving. We were stained with sin. There was nothing in our lives which could redeem us. But Christ, in His grace, called us. Not only that, he continues to pursue us. Luke 19:10 says, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.” Christ is enough…to pursue us.

Paul is saying that Christ is enough…to break us
Often, in our lives, we take things that are broken, and we toss them aside, rid ourselves of them. If they are of no good to us, if they are unable to do anything for us anymore, or even if we are just tired of them, we throw them away.

Aren’t you glad that God does not do that with people? No matter what you are struggling with, no matter your strongholds, no matter your lack of obedience, no matter the situation, God never tosses aside those things that are broken. In fact, those things that are broken, He brings them closer to Himself. Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”.

Not only that, but sometimes He allows us to go through things. He breaks us, if you will, in order to strip away the things that are unnecessary and to help us realize how much we need Him for everyday living.

Paul is saying that Christ is enough…to sustain us
If Christ can rescue you, if Christ can pursue you, if Christ can break you…then Christ can sustain you. Sometimes that sustaining is walking close beside you through the fire. Sometimes that sustaining you is simply holding you when you are broken. Sometimes that sustaining you is healing you from the scars of the past and reminding you that He is the One who brought you through. Sometimes, that sustaining you is just reminding you that He loves you, period.

Paul says God the father raised Jesus Christ from the dead. If He raised His Son from the dead, then he can sustain any and all of His children through whatever they go through.

Tony Watson
Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church
Palestine, TX

 

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