Today’s Bible reading is Galatians 2. Paul continues his tirade against the “gospel” of the Judaizers which has been fully embraced by the church at Galatia.
The key to understanding Chapter Two — and the key to the entire book of Galatians, and even the very message of the gospel — is the last half of Galatians 2:21, “I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.”
Think about that: If we can do anything to add to our salvation, then Jesus didn’t have to die. Every time that we think we can add to Jesus’ once-for-all, sufficient sacrifice, we are telling Jesus that He wasted his death and we think our efforts mean more to God than Jesus’ accomplishment on the cross.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you can make God happier with you than He already is by doing — or not doing — something. In dying for you, Jesus met every requirement for you to be fully justified as you stand before God on judgment day.
That’s good news! That’s the gospel!