“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.” (11:3-4)
If I were Paul, I might say, “I was really hoping you accepted Christ powerfully, and not because you accept anything, but y’all are making me nervous.” He has to speak to them in a way he doesn’t enjoy: foolishly.
There still exists, today, many “gospels” or many perspectives or versions of the gospel. Someone trendy is always coming along to tell us the latest and we’re like, “Whaaaa?? Reaaallyy?? Cooooooool.”
We gotta cut this out. It’s either the powerful, transformational gospel of a resurrected Christ, or nothing (sometimes disguised as a comforting bedtime story).
A trustworthy Christian leader, shepherd or administrator of the gospel will have the same heart as Paul, “it’s not about me it’s about HIM.”
The gospel is Jesus. The fulfillment and glorious culmination of everything God intended from the beginning. He is the way, truth, life, only hope, powerful savior, indwelling Lord.
Let’s not follow a semi-qualified theological butterfly into the wild blue yonder. STAY FIRMLY PLANTED IN THE TRUTH OF SCRIPTURE! I say this to myself constantly. I love butterflies.
I love you guys too. We’re gonna make it. He made sure of it.