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The Truth of the Gospel

The Truth of the Gospel

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Published by David West
This is a reflection on Galatians 2 and its call for us to be established in the truth of the Gospel.
This is a reflection on Galatians 2 and its call for us to be established in the truth of the Gospel.

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“We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might remain withyou.” 
 Galatians 2:5
“When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, “You are a Jew,
yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it then, that you
 force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?”” 
 Galatians 2:14
There are times in our lives when events serve to define the truth of the Gospel of the LORDJesus Christ. As the Apostle Paul writes his Gospel letter to the Galatians he touches upon this reality ashe describes the history of his dealings with other Christian leaders. I do not believe that Paul is writingthese verses in order to defend himself and his position within the New Testament Church. Paul writeshere as one who is displaying a single minded approach to establishing that one central truth which hasthe power to redeem us. It is much like the description which C. John Miller gives us when he writes inOutgrowing the Ingrown Church.
“In regard to justification by faith alone, Luther writes, “Let us conclude that faith alone
 justifies, and that faith alone fulfilleth the law. For faith through the merit of Christ obtaineth theHoly Spirit, which Spirit doth make us new hearts, doth exhilarate us, doth excite and enflame our heart, that it may do those things willingly which the law of love commandeth; and so, at last, good works indeed do proceed freely from the faith which worketh so mightily, and which is so lively in our 
hearts.” (Cited in A. Skevington Wood,
The Inextinguishable Blaze: Spiritual Renewal and Advance inthe Eighteenth Century (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1960), p. 111).When Wesley read this passage of L
uther’s a couple of centuries later, he said that “he felt 
his
heart strangely warmed.” At one stroke he was converted to Christ by the Gospel message and made
a great preacher. Through his preaching, the world was driven out of many Churches and many Church members were driven out i 
nto the world to witness. Wesley had found God’s method for outgrowing the ingrown Church.” (C. John Miller,
Outgrowing the Ingrown Church, Grand Rapids, Zondervan Publishing House, 1999, p. 133)
It is the Gospel which is to be central to all that we are about as Christians. This is what theApostle Paul is demonstrating as the second chapter of the book of Galatians unfolds before us. Paulgoes to Jerusalem in order to have a Gospel conversation with the leaders of that Church. He goes toensure that the unity which the gospel alone can create continues to exist within the Church of Christ.As Paul describes the various controversies and challenges which that Church faced over the next fewyears his emphasis continues to be upon the truth of the Gospel.Just what is that truth? It was the answer to this question which made all the difference in
Luther’s life, as well as John Wesley’s. It is the truth that each and every one of us needs so desperately
today. Paul defines it in this way as he continues to write in Galatians 2.

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