As Paul tells his story, elements of the Gospel message begin to be revealed. Verse 16 is a foundational start. [We Jews] know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.
The Gospel isn’t following rules, the Old Testament law or any other human made set of rules and regulations. We cannot work or earn our way to God. A rule based ‘gospel’ would be just that, a way to earn our way to God.
The Gospel is not about bloodline or lineage or being born a Jew or some other ‘preferred’ race.
The Gospel is God’s message that faith in Jesus Christ alone, not following some set of rules or being from some particular bloodline, justifies a person.
And so back to Paul’s narrative. Titus didn’t feel compelled to be circumcised (3). Why? Because following the OT Law is not the Gospel. And Paul opposed Peter openly (11-13) because following the dietary laws of the OT is not the Gospel.
The Gospel is God’s message that faith in Jesus Christ alone justifies a person.
Praise God for the Gospel. Faith in Jesus Christ, not any human set of works, justifies a person!
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above you heavenly host. Praise Father, son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Praise God for theGospel… Lord teach Your Gospel to me. Amen.