“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! – Galatians 1:8

WOW!  To Paul the Gospel was THE Gospel was THE Gospel!!!  Paul was a fervent defender of the simplistic message.  He was very resolute and unwavering; so much so he said a person who tampers with the gospel should go to hell…ouch!

        Is our generation’s attitude about the gospel message like Paul’s?  As I meet believers while traveling, I am finding more and more people who are too worried feeling good; feeling comfortable.  I find people whose conversation and speech has very little kingdom value at all, and is frankly not worth listening to.  We have become a generation who is consumed with SELF!  We are becoming too self serving and self exalting.

        It’s no surprise then when you realize the false gospel of our day is a “me, my, mine” message.  It’s a “feel good” message where everyone goes to heaven if you’re just “tryin real good.”  They say, “We’re all on the same path.” (HUH?)  Sadly, the church is buying into these lies!!!

        Why is there such a difference from what we are hearing & what Paul said?  What was it about Paul that created such a stir in his heart to stand strongly for the truth?

        I’ll tell you what it was…Paul considered himself a BOND-SERVANT!  He spoke like a true servant – a slave if you will of the most high God!  Being a bond-servant of Jesus radically effects what we believe, say and do!

        Here is a definition of the Greek work “doulos” which is often translated as: bond-servant, bond-slave, servant and slave. 

 

a.     a slave totally possessed by the master {we were bought with a price}. They were bound by law to a master {we are bound by the law of love}.

b.     “one who gives himself wholly(completely) {absolute surrender to Jesus}to another’s will{an act of their will to surrender}

c.     devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests.” {it is truly ALL about Him & NOT me}

 

My heart was stirred when I reflected on this truth.  I hope like me, you would yearn for a life like this.  An obedient life born out of love (not obligation or compulsion; which is the legalism) for the master is sweet to our souls!  Then, we will do like Paul and stand strong & firm for the truth!

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