Jesus And…

Today we are starting a new devo series on the book of Galatians. This book, along with Romans, contains
some of the clearest explanations of our justification by faith alone.
Paul begins by saying to the Galatians: “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,” (vv. 6-7). The
“different gospel” was a gospel of legalism. People in Galatia were saying that Jesus wasn’t enough, but we also
needed to do good works. Paul clearly says that, while we should live good lives as a response to our salvation,
the works don’t save us.

The bigger concern here is adding something to the Gospel of Jesus. “Jesus And” is always a heresy. If
salvation is by Jesus and works, it’s heresy. But it’s deeper than just that. Anything non-biblical that we say
people must do to be a Christian is heresy. If you have to dress a certain way, have a certain spiritual gift, vote a
certain way, or any other manmade requirement we often like to add to the mix, it’s heresy. “Jesus and” is no
Gospel at all.
Today, may you rest in the knowledge that Jesus is enough. There is no “and” needed.