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Marks of a false gospel and examples of gospel distortions
Thomas Brooks, an old puritan writer, once wrote: “All sin strikes at the holiness of God, the glory of God, the nature of God, the being of God, and the law of God.” All sin is a frontal attack on the very nature and character of God. All temptation to sin is an attempt to draw us into a battle against God, to usurp and supplant His glory, His authority, His being with our own self-serving agenda. We cannot understand our very existence apart from the reality of God, and God as Creator, Ruler, Redeemer, and supreme authority in all the universe All of life and your relationship with God can be said to come down to the issue of worship. Man, created in the image of God, was made to worship - it is essential to your being human. God created man for the purpose of worship. Contrary to popular belief, worship is not simply what we do when we sing songs or have strong emotions in relation to God or Jesus. It is a whole person and whole life lived in trust and submission to the all glorious God of Creation and redemption manifested in the Lord Jesus Christ. “I urge you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God present your bodies a living an holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship” (Rom. 12:1). It is to love the Lord your God with “all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mk. 12:30). It is to acknowledge and so live with the understanding that “from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen” (Rom. 11:36). Worship is all encompassing. All of who we are in response to all of who God has revealed Himself to be: bowing in humble adoration and obedience. Because of sin that entered at the Fall of man - specifically the fall of man at the temptation of Satan - man, you and I come into this world naturally bent to worship the wrong things and the wrong person. In Rom. 1:25, Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, puts misplaced worship at the heart of all of man’s rebellion, “For they exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” You and I have failed in each of the temptations here presented to Jesus. Adam failed, Israel failed, all have failed: “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” This is the backdrop to Matt. 4: our guilt, our sin, our failure in stark contrast to the purity, perfection, sinlessness, holiness and perfect victory of Jesus Christ. If you miss this, you miss the whole point of the passage and the majesty of Jesus that shines with blazing glory as the sinless Savior. Such is the goal of Matthew: to present the perfection of Jesus Christ, who alone is the Righteous King, Messiah, Lord, and acceptable sacrifice.
There is (another) crisis over the gospel. It is not a matter of semantics, but one that revolves around whether or not we are united with Christ and recipients of grace. Paul here reveals some of the basic elements of the gospel while warning the Galatian churches they are in danger of severing themselves from Christ through this false teaching.