Jesus plus or minus anything does not equal faith; it is a formula. Formulas do not free anyone. Instead, they compel us to create wearying lists of do’s and don’ts that confine us, rules that restrict us, and ultimately a false gospel that steals the joy of a relationship with the Lover of our souls. Only faith in Christ alone leads to freedom. And that freedom produces life-giving spiritual fruit in our lives by which we can bless others. The gospel is the gospel. When Jesus cried, “It is finished!” on the cross, all of our sins were forgiven. When we read that truth and then decide we must help Him out by adding or subtracting from His work, we are saying, “Lord, You weren’t enough.” Don’t take from the gospel; don’t add to it. Jesus is enough! Nothing more, nothing less. In Him alone is our salvation, our righteousness, our joy—both now and in eternity.
This insert was obtained from Galatians chapter 5, in the new Jeremiah Study Bible, by Dr. David Jeremiah, which will be coming out in December 2013.