Gospel of Grace Alone 43

Romans 9:30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; 31 but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 just as it is written, “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”

Galatians 1:6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.

Galatians 5:4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

It may seem as if this whole series on the Gospel of grace alone has been nothing more than a rehearsal of one point. In many ways that is true. There have been so many things that have been brought into professing Christianity under the guise of or in accordance with grace alone that this point needs to be stressed over and over. It does not matter the name or the titles, if a person is pursuing righteousness in any other way than by grace alone through faith alone, that person is stumbling over some law of righteousness. It does not matter if a person is pursuing righteousness by the name of grace alone if in fact that person is not pursuing righteousness by a biblical grace in reality. It does not matter if a person is pursuing righteousness by faith alone if in fact the person is not pursuing righteousness in accordance with biblical faith.

A person can stumble by works while calling them grace and faith. A person can be caused to stumble over Christ as the stone of stumbling while thinking that s/he is seeking Christ. If a person is not pursuing Christ and His righteousness by grace alone through faith alone in truth and reality, that person is stumbling over Christ while using the name of Christ. As in Galatians 1:6, there are many today who are deserting Christ while using the words “grace” and “faith” and thinking that they are seeking Christ. They are either distorting the Gospel themselves or they believe in a distorted gospel.

It does not matter what a person says or what creed a person thinks that s/he believes, but if a person is seeking to be justified by any other method than the true Christ by a true grace that person is seeking to be justified in a false way and that way is antithetical to the Gospel of grace alone. It is not just a minor thing when someone distorts the Gospel and leads others astray, for those who do not have the true Gospel will suffer in hell forever. It is not enough to pray a prayer and be more, even if one is very, very moral and very, very nice, a person must have the righteousness of Christ by grace alone or that person will suffer the eternal wrath of God. The Gospel of grace alone must be preached and taught constantly and consistently or the people will be led astray by distortions from all manners of people.

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