The Offensive Gospel

Our text will come from Galatians 5:11.  And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.

Our text is an unusual one. It states that the cross is offensive to folks. Why?

The apostle Paul is writing to the folks at Galatia. They have been plagued with those that say that you must do this or that to get saved or to stay saved. One of the big things of the day was circumcision and the other was keeping the 10 commandments. The teaching was that if you didn’t do these things you couldn’t be saved or stay saved so Paul was warning the Galatians not to get hung up on this kind of teaching.

Here’s the deal. Paul implies from the text that I won’t suffer persecution from telling someone that they must do this and that to get saved but when I tell them that they can’t do anything to get themselves to get saved then they get offended. That is, the best they can do is not near good enough to get to Heaven.

This gospel is offensive to folks. Why do people get offended over this?
Because it’s not centered on them.
You see, it’s about what the Lord Jesus Christ did for them on the cross. This is offensive to people because they want the limelight on them, not on Jesus.

You see the Bible states that Christ died for our sins to pay for our sins.
…Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 1st Corinthians 15:3.
…Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, 1st Peter 2:24.

He was the one that made our sin payment. We are not good enough to make our own sin payment because we are sinners. Christ was not a sinner. God will only accept a sinless offering for sin not a sinful one. So that lets all of us out. This is offensive to most people, that’s why most people will not get saved.

Reader, what about you? Are you offended by the gospel?

May God help you to get saved God’s way because it’s the only way.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14:6.


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