If you’ve read more than 2 of my nudges, or you know me at all you know that most days I’ll go to McDonalds in the morning to get an unsweet iced tea. The other day I ordered and heard, “That’s $1.08, please pull around.” I grabbed one of the many gift cards I’d gotten for Christmas and handed it to the cashier who happens to know my name…She said, “This is great, Jill, but I can’t take your Kohl’s gift card for payment.” Well, it would be nice if you could, but I understand. I happen to be studying Galatians in a Bible Study right now and Paul is warning the Galatians about being able to discern the true Gospel from counterfeits. We have to know the Gospel. Romans 3:23 says we are all sinners. Everyone has sinned. Romans 6:23 says the wages of sin is death. We are destined to an eternity separated from God. But, also in Romans 6:23, it says the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God sent His son to be the perfect sacrifice for sin. He lived a sinless life, was crucified, rose again 3 days later so that we can be in relationship with God the Father for eternity. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice to erase our sins. And then, Romans 10:9-10 says, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
This is the Gospel in nutshell. It is simple and straight forward and, because we are humans, we tend to discount it and think that there has to be more to it. God must require more than this to get to heaven. No! This is the Truth. When we simply give God our hearts and make Him Lord of our lives He erases our sins and gives us a hope and a future with Him for eternity.
So, when we know the Truth, we can determine what counterfeits look like. There are no works or deeds that can get us into heaven. We cannot earn our way. Jesus Christ paid the price and it is only by Him that we can have eternal life in Heaven.
The world is full of counterfeits. Know the Truth.
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6