No Other Jesus

2 Corinthians 11:1-6

I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! 2 I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I betrothed you to Christ to present you as a pure bride to her one husband. 3 But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4 For if some one comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you submit to it readily enough. 5 I think that I am not in the least inferior to these superlative apostles. 6 Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not in knowledge; in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.

It has become popular today to claim to be spiritual in a general sense.  Many find it less appealing to follow Jesus in an exclusive sense, for Him to be the sole source of our spiritual life and lone authority in all things religious.  Let’s own that this is in part because the Church has too often presented itself to the world in a ungracious, judgmental, “let me straighten you out” fashion.

Yet the New Testament witness is that if we follow Jesus we are to offer allegiance to Him alone.  What does living his out look like?  How can we be devoted to Jesus alone yet connect with grace to those who don’t share our faith, or who have no faith at all?

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