MANY DO NOT REALIZE THAT THERE IS A FORM OF DOCTRINE IN THE BIBLE THAT WHEN BELIEVED AND OBEYED SETS YOU FREE FROM SIN AND MAKES YOU A SLAVE TO RIGHTEOUSNESS.
(Rom 6:17-18) “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of doctrine to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”
THIS DOCTRINE WAS THE “GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE” THAT THE RESURRECTED CHRIST REVEALED TO THE APOSTLE PAUL. (Gal 1:11) “I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.”
IN FACT, HE DEDICATED THE REST OF HIS LIFE IN PREACHING THIS GOSPEL TO THE GENTILES.
(Act 20:24) “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE.”
TOWARDS THE END OF HIS LETTER TO THE ROMAN BELIEVERS, HE ADMONISHED THEM TO STAY AWAY FROM PEOPLE WHO TEACH DOCTRINE CONTRARY TO WHAT HE TAUGHT THEM. (Rom 16:17) “And I exhort you, brothers, to watch those making divisions and offenses contrary to the DOCTRINE WHICH YOU HAVE LEARNED, and avoid them. For they who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches they deceive the hearts of the simple.”
IN HIS LETTER TO TIMOTHY HE ALSO EMPHASIZED THAT SOUND DOCTRINE CONFORMS TO THE GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE THAT WAS ENTRUSTED TO HIM BY CHRIST. (1Ti 1:10b-11) “And for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, WHICH HE ENTRUSTED TO ME.”
PAUL IN HIS LETTER TO THE GALATIANS PRONOUNCED AN ANATHEMA (CURSE) TO THOSE WHO PREACH A GOSPEL OTHER THAN THE ONE HE PREACHED. (Gal 1:8-9) “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!”
UNFORTUNATELY, THIS GOSPEL IS NOT BEING GIVEN DUE IMPORTANCE IN OUR PULPITS TODAY.
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!