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Philippians 1:27 ” Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ.”

The Apostle Paul was writing to the Church of Philippi from a Roman prison…a deep, dark, dank place filled with hopelessness and misery, yet he was exhorting his fellow Believers to live a life worthy of the Gospel…worthy of the calling they had received.  Jude 3 calls it contending for the faith.  Of taking the truth of the Gospel Message we’ve received and studying it, learning from it, believing in it, and finally, defending it.  When we conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel we are fulfilling our duty to stand firm against those who may attempt to alter/ or change the grace of God into some man-made Religion.  For the next verse goes on to say, “Stand firm in one Spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the Gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.” Philippians 1:28)

II Samuel 22:31 ” As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.”

Is God’s word sufficient?  Do you believe it is inspired and without error?  I just completed 30 hours of classroom instruction in Biblical Counseling where the central objective was, Yes it is!  The Bible attests to its sufficiency in that it contains everything we need for salvation, trust, and obedience in God.  Within God’s word we can find flawless truth to build our lives upon (John 17:17) and guidance to help us navigate throughout that journey. (Psalm 119:105)  But for those who think the Bible doesn’t pertain to modern times and situations…sin started in the Garden of Eden and continues to today.  You can go ahead and hang all kinds of new names on it, but sin is sin…it’s rebellion against God.

Galatians 1:6-7 ” I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the One who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – which is really no gospel at all.”

Paul used the word gospel twice in this verse but both had very different meanings.  The first meant the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ…that by way of His death, burial, and resurrection, we might have eternal life.  The second gospel could not have been farther from that truth.  It was distinctly different and deceptive and was leading the Church of Galatia astray.  In II Corinthians 11:13-15, Paul called these teachers, “false apostles and servants of Satan masquerading as apostles of Christ.”  They came proclaiming a ‘new and improved’ Gospel Message that was categorically incorrect and flawed, but the people were accepting it.  Paul here was charging them to be vigilant and discerning…for if the message did not proclaim justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone…it was a false gospel.

Colossians 2:6-7 ” So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

Our journey with the Lord is not a one and done event.  Ours is not to be a stagnant life once we say “Yes!” to Jesus Christ.  No, our Christian walk is suppose to be a always advancing, ever increasing effort to become more Christ-like.  This progressive sanctification is simply growing in the knowledge of God, (Ephesians 3:17) and applying the truths of the Gospel into our everyday life.  And as we continue to live in Him, He is faithful to continue to fill us…for our walk with God will never be fully realized until that day we walk through those Heavenly gates.