“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” 2 Corinthians 11:3-4
One of the hardest things for a believer to do is know how to receive God’s grace freely. If we don’t understand God’s plan for our continued sanctification after salvation is the same as His plan for our salvation, we inevitably go to work trying to “stay saved”. We begin going to classes to learn how to live holy from man which prevents the Holy Spirit from empowering us to live holy. God’s plan for salvation and sanctification is Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. Our belief and our faith in what Jesus accomplished for us on His Cross is what redeems us, reconciles us and saves us.
We cannot separate Jesus from the Cross. By that statement, I don’t mean the wooden beam but the action which was performed on the Cross. We cannot separate Jesus’ from His work on the Cross and His work on the Cross is where our redemption, salvation, reconciliation, sanctification and victory over sin, hell and the grave lies. It is this “action”, if you will, that is the offense to those who do not believe. Jesus is not the offense but what He accomplished on the Cross is the offense. It is this same unbelief that offends the believer. Take a minute to soak that in if you will…just as I had (and have) to do daily. The same belief that we have upon salvation, that through His work on the Cross, Jesus Christ saved our soul, is the same belief we continue in for our sanctification process. In other words, the Gospel of Jesus is an offense to the believer who does not understand how to freely receive His grace. The “action” of the Gospel of Jesus does not need our help…only our faith in Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. As humans, we are quite offended when our help is not needed, it is an insult to our ego. Hence, the Gospel is an offense to the unbelieving saint and/or sinner, whether it be for salvation or sanctification.
Our fight is the fight of faith. “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life…” 1 Timothy 6:12. Our fight is to believe and not be offended that Jesus’ work is finished. The enemy’s goal is to distract us with a counterfeit gospel for sanctification. Satan knows a bunch of sanctified, Holy Ghost filled Christians would hinder his plan to kill, steal and destroy what Jesus died for…our eternal salvation and victorious life. Sincere Christians, albeit sincerely wrong, are being used by satan to distract believer’s faith away from what Jesus has already accomplished to what they need to do to accomplish it. This is another gospel, preaching another Jesus. Determine to know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him Crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2). – Donna Warren