Christian Fellowship Church Of Largo
Mary Mayko is Christian Fellowship's Adult Sunday School Teacher, Church Elder and one of our counselors. Mary also has the pulpit one Tuesday night a month to deliver Gods Word. She has penned inspirational poetry and writings for over 30 years.
I TRUST THESE SCRIPTURES AND WRITINGS WILL ENCOURAGE YOUR HEART AND BUILD YOUR FAITH AS YOU READ THROUGH THEM! Our prayer for this website is that it continues to be a source of encouragement and blessings to all who have stopped by for a visit with us! Mary Mayko
“THE ONE TRUE GOSPEL” Christian Fellowship Church 900 Starkey Road, Largo-FL. Unit Two: Galatians 1:1-2:5. April 26-2020. Teacher: Mary Mayko
“As we said before, so say I (Paul) now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than you have received, let him be accursed.” Gal.1:9
Paul had previously established the Galatian Church on one of his Missionary journeys. Paul was called by Christ Jesus Himself to take the Gospel to Gentiles. (Acts 9:1-9) Paul was astonished that the church was then being taught they had to obey the Old ways to be redeemed or saved! “For the life is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that makes atonement for your souls.” Lev.17:11 KJV. Since Christ has already given His blood to redeem man, we accept it by faith and are saved! His blood alone redeems us! “Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering (sacrifice)for sin” Heb.10:18 No other sacrifice and no more animal blood or works can save anyone!
Paul had preached Jesus Christ, the crucified One who shed His blood to redeem man from his sins. The Bible tells us in both the Old Testament and New that there is no redemption without the shedding of blood! The Old way was to kill animals and pour blood on altar and anoint priests with both oil and blood. That was accepted by the LORD until the blood of The Savior/ Redeemer who was totally sinless would die to redeem those who believe by faith and accept Christ Jesus and His blood for the Atonement for all our sins was accomplished at the Cross. Works come as a result of being saved, not a means to save us!
The grace of Christ reminds us it was His work alone that atones for our sin! Grace is always undeserved, yet freely given when we accept Christ as Savior! To preach that the blood of Christ alone is not sufficient is to be under a curse! To become a minister, preacher, teacher, or anyone who shares Christ for salvation plus anything else is false doctrine and are false preachers, teachers or prophets! Do not disgrace the work of Christ Jesus and the Cross and His Resurrection by telling anyone they have to do anything extra or works to be saved or stay saved they have to follow some religious rules! Faith in Christ alone and His blood has already paid in full for our salvation!
“Beware of False Gospels” Gal.1:-2:5. The fact of false doctrines and false prophets started in the Early Church! The Apostles had to address this issue over and over again to the church! Today is no different, many will tell you, you must do something yourself to be saved or add rules that must be obeyed to please God. The test of salvation is love, not “works”, but loving God and others as self that will result in you following the leading of the LORD in obeying what He tells you to do! We need to know the Word of God, the Gospel and Christ Jesus as Savior and stand fast in Him, not what some Glory Seeker says! False teaching or doctrine is to be confronted immediately to avoid confusion regarding our salvation! The Judaizers tried to say Gentiles had to be circumcised and follow Moses’ law to be saved! Paul sent this Letter to the Galatians soon as he heard what was being taught in the church!
“Resist Hypocrisy!” Gal.2:6-14. “But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, Because he was to be blamed” Gal.2:11 KJV. “And the other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so much so that even Barnabus was led astray.” Gal.2:13 NIV. Guard your salvation, especially if you think you are too wise or strong to be led astray! Here Paul exposed and rebuked two important Apostles in public for compromising the Truth of the Gospel! Never compromise your salvation in order to win the approval of any person! Christ Jesus gave this Commission to the Church before He went back to Heaven!
Matt.28:19-20. “Go ye therefore , and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
It was not because of any false teaching, but the behavior of Peter and Barnabus that was shameful. They avoided eating with the Gentiles, after they had celebrated freely with Gentiles until the Judaizers came! We should live by Godly standards regardless of who is around us! They did not act in accordance with their own teaching! Paul’s public rebuke to Peter was justified by Peter and Barnabus’ public behavior! Gal.2:14. How we behave ourselves is very important! Compromising our beliefs tarnished their testimony! Observance of the Law, rituals or traditions never saved anyone!
“Proclaim Salvation by Faith!” Gal.2:15-21. Justification comes by faith only through receiving Christ as Savior alone! Justification by faith requires we resist sin and seek Christ’s righteousness through the power of the Holy Spirit working within us! Never deny the Cross and Grace of Christ by accepting the thought “you have to add to it to be truly saved!” We live by faith in Christ alone, not any “plus” added to Him! By doing so is declaring that Christ blood sacrifice was not enough to save us is absolutely false doctrine! Believers are not to allow sin to control our lives! If and when we fail, run to Him! Confess and be forgiven! The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness!
Rom.6:10 “For in that He died, He died unto sin once; but in that he lives, he lives unto God.”The Cross is the fullest expression of grace! Apart from the cross and grace there is no salvation! The grace of God is the foundation for the life in Christ! God’s expression of love for us! The Gospel is at stake! Salvation is a gift of God. A gift is never earned, but freely given! We believe it so we live by it! Honor the LORD in all your ways, for that is pleasing unto the LORD!