Saturday, June 25, 2016

STANDING IN THE GOSPEL

 
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1 Corinthians 15:1 [KJV]
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand


When someone opens his heart to receive the gospel of Christ, it is important for him to stand, else he will fall away. This is where the work of a teacher is needed so as to establish the new believer in Christ. But many teachers themselves need to understand what it means to stand in the Gospel.

Standing in the Gospel is to stand in the grace of Jesus Christ. (See Rom 5:2, 1 Pet 5:12). It means the believer continues in the same grace that got him saved in the first place. When a believer backslides, what happened is that he resorted to his own efforts. He has fallen from grace. (Gal 5;4).

Any message that is not rooted in the grace of Christ (no matter how spiritual) is at best a 'good message' and not the Gospel (See Gal 1:6-7). Many Christians are sound in scriptures, but unfortunately do not understand the Gospel. When we place our human effort above the finished works of Christ, we run the risk of falling from Grace. Such Christians make the cross unnecessary and Christ is of no effect in them.

Standing in the Gospel also means walking in the Spirit; having no confidence whatsoever in the flesh. (Rom 8:1, Gal 3:1-3). This is the spirit that must guide all our teachings, else we breed struggling Christians who rise and fall too frequently.

Go into today with this understanding. Ask God to give you the word of His grace as you tell someone the Good News.
- Pas Adeolu Olumodeji.

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