The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 3 May 2019 – Authenticity of the Gospel of Christ
TOPIC: Authenticity of the Gospel of Christ
READ Galatians 1: 11-24 New King James Version (NKJV)
11. But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.
12. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.
13. For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.
14. And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
15. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace,
16. to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood,
17. nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.
18. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days.
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19. But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother.
20. (Now concerning the things which I write to you, indeed, before God, I do not lie.)
21. Afterward I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.
22. And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ.
23. But they were hearing only, “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.”
24. And they glorified God in me.
As we saw in yesterday’s reading, the authenticity of Christ’s gospel cannot be faulted. His gospel is not man-made; it has a divine origin and came through a revelation from Jesus Christ Himself. No wonder its principles are sure and cannot be broken. Highly infused with inspiration and anointing, this gospel will never change. It’s new every day!
In his blind bid to protect and guard the traditions of his fathers, even Paul in his fierce persecution of the Church could not destroy the gospel (Galatians 1:13). The gospel carries a light that darkness cannot withstand it (II Corinthians 4:5). The gospel of Christ is the only gospel that has the power to transform and regenerate. The gospel is the power of God for salvation; in it, the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith. (Romans 1:16-17).
Therefore, we must resist any attempt, trials, temptations, persecutions or afflictions that will take us away from the gospel of our Lord. We must be rooted and grounded in this gospel daily as we run our race.
Prayer: Dear Lord, may your word dwell richly in my heart, in Jesus Name.