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Wickedness Will Always Try to Corrupt Grace Part III
Bible Verse Galatians 2:3-5
Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
Paul tells us that he did not yield the truth of the Gospel, no, not even for an hour! This is an emphatic statement made by Paul. And when we look at his life we can see why. When we look at Paul we see a man completely committed to Christ Jesus our Lord. We also see a man who loved people and was committed to saving as many souls for the kingdom of God as he could. Paul knew it was the Holy Spirit, who changed the hearts of the lost to accept Christ. And he also knew God uses Christians to bring the Gospel message before those who are lost. Therefore, Paul would endure all hardships, all losses to bring the Gospel as far and wide as he could. Dear follower of Christ this is so very important for us to understand and consider. Paul's love was so great that he poured out the remainder of his life preaching the Gospel to as many people as possible. He did so in the hopes of changing the eternal destination of those who were lost. And we know from scripture that after his conversion, Paul no longer cared about pride, ego or his personal comfort. We know this because scripture shows us just a small part of what Paul endured for the sake of bringing the Gospel to those who were lost. Paul suffered many things to bring the message of salvation to those who did not know Jesus. So much so that he was eventually martyred for the Gospel of Christ.
Paul himself, tells us in his first letter to the Corinthian church, "I had become all things to all people, that by all means I may save some." Paul did not regard his person, nor did he have regard for his pride, his ego or his status among men. What Paul regarded, what Paul fought for was the truth of the Gospel of Christ and the integrity of God's word. And dear believer this point is so vitally important! Why? It's important because when we water down the Gospel message, when we preach just what people want to hear, when we tell people only what makes them happy. We display to God how much we hate those who are lost and love ourselves. Moreover, we place ourselves at enmity against God. When we do this we are showing God that we care more about ourselves, our finances, our pride, our social acceptance and our ego, than we do for those who we know are in danger of spending an eternity in Hell. Those who, without Jesus are eternally separated from God. We are (whether we realize it or not) telling God, we would prefer others suffer in Hell, enduring the pain and torment for eternity, rather than we ourselves endure inconvenience, pain or loss here and now in a world which is passing away. And that is what the Judaizers were themselves doing, and that was what the Apostle Paul would not tolerate, no, not even for one hour!