“We have been speaking in the sight of God as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends, is for your strengthening.” 2 Corinthians 12:19
The Corinthian Christians welcomed all varieties of preaching and teaching–the fancier and more expensive the better.
And the Apostle Paul was greatly concerned for them–concerned that they would settle for more than plain vanilla–made from the pure milk of God’s Word and the truth of the Gospel.
They were being tempted to embrace a must-do-in-addition-to-believing practice of outward observances of Old Testament Laws. A Rocky Road version of salvation.
Paul knew that only plain vanilla would save the Corinthians from false teachings–and from their sins.
Only Jesus and Him crucified saves souls and creates new life in the hearts of those who believe.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him will never perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Lord God, many voices proclaim ways to get to heaven–lots of rules, do’s and don’ts, elaborate schemes. Lord may we stick with pure vanilla–the simple yet profound truth that your great love provides us a way to heaven–faith in Jesus, the sinless lamb of God sacrificed for us. Forgive us Lord when we pile on “extras” to the Gospel truth because we think they will make it more palatable–easier to swallow. Help us to always live and love the pure Gospel of Jesus, our Lord. In His name, we pray, Amen.