Saturday 21 September, 2019
Preserving the truth of the Gospel
“We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you” (Galatians 2:5, NIV)
For over two thousand years, the gospel of truth has been preached and this will continue until our Lord Jesus Christ returns. The two thousand years journey of the gospel has however seen a lot of attack, adulteration and corrosion. But thanks be to God that this gospel of truth shall prevail, the Gospel of truth will be preserved, preached and believed until the Lord Jesus returns.
The Church has an obligation, to seek and preserve the truth of the gospel as did the apostles. The church needs to be conscious of both internal and external attempts to perversion. During their time, the Apostles stood for the Gospel. For instance, Paul and others were faced with the pressure from Jewish converts who insisted that some of the Judaic traditions ought to be practiced by the church.
However, Apostle Paul who makes a bold claim that he “received [the Gospel] by revelation from Jesus Christ” (Galatians 1:12) resisted anything that was seen to be foreign to the Gospel, thus striving to preserve it. He did write that “We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might the preserved for you” (Galatians 2:5).
All Christians have a responsibility to preserve the truth of the gospel. Our primarily responsibility in preserving the truth of the gospel is to know the truth. We must read the Bible to understand the underlining truth of our salvation. We must stand in the truth of the gospel revealed to us. We ought to teach the truth, believe the truth and defend the truth against any pressures wanting to tear the truth of the gospel.
Prayer: Open the eyes of my heart to the truth of your gospel that I may stand on the truth; preach the truth and defend the truth. Amen!
Rev. Julius I. Tabi is a Dean of Students’ Affairs at Uganda Christian University Arua Campus. He is an ordained minister in the Anglican Diocese of Ma’di and West Nile (Church of Uganda) and serves as chaplain at Ushindi Secondary School in Arua. Julius is a student of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology of Uganda Christian University. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at MF Norwegian School of Theology. Prior to his pastoral training, Julius trained as a high school Biology and Chemistry teacher. You may reach him by completing the form below.