Yesterday, following our yearly plan, we read Matthew 28. The facts of the resurrection were plainly laid out. We’ve often emphasized that the gospel contains facts to be believed, promises to be received, and commandments to be obeyed. That’s right. These facts are not unrelated, but make up the salvation history of God’s plan of redemption. So when someone changes or challenges the facts, they must not be permitted to get away with it. This is why Paul starts his letter to the Galatians with a double condemnation.
Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin.
Galatians 1.11 NET
If it were all myth or legend, there would be no reason to get bent out of shape. But only the gospel is true. What it claims to have occurred really happened. So we must stick to the facts, tell the story right, teach and observe all the commandments of Christ (as we read in Matthew 28:20), and cling to those precious promises of eternal life and joy.
Blessed and true God, let the story of Jesus be ever more precious, and the details of his time among us always on our lips and dominating our hearts.
Hold this thought: Not from man did the gospel arise, / Nor will he award the prize.