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Don’t Mess With The Recipe

Chocolate chip cookies are delicious, but they aren’t very good for us. We can substitute other things for butter and sugar in the interest of making them healthier but the result is always an epic fail. If you change the ingredients, you don’t really have a chocolate chip cookie.

This is exactly what Paul is telling us in 2 Corinthians 4:2. Some people had taken it into their mind that the gospel was really great, but if they just tweaked the message a little bit even more people would come to Jesus. But if we make a minor substitution here or there, take out the bit about sin or blood or repentance and make it a little easier to swallow then we no longer have the real thing.

The gospel is powerful enough on its own to convert anyone who will listen — in God’s time. Our attempts to “help” God by being clever or crafty or making “minor” changes (tampering with God’s word) result in something altogether different than the gospel of Jesus. We need to stand with the old hymn that said: “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”

Reflect:

  • What parts of the gospel do you find difficult to talk to people about? Why is that?
  • How is the command to preach the gospel different from a command to convert people?
  • What is the difference between teaching someone about Jesus and converting someone to a religion?

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