The Gospel of Grace-Galatians 1:6-10

Galatians 1:6-10 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! 10 Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
Galati 1:6-10 “Mi meraviglio che così presto voi passiate da colui che vi ha chiamati mediante la grazia {di Cristo} a un altro vangelo; 7 ché poi non c’è un altro vangelo, però ci sono alcuni che vi turbano e vogliono sovvertire il vangelo di Cristo. 8 Ma anche se noi o un angelo dal cielo {vi} annunciasse un vangelo diverso da quello che vi abbiamo annunciato, sia anatema. 9 Come abbiamo già detto, lo ripeto di nuovo anche adesso: se qualcuno vi annuncia un vangelo diverso da quello che avete ricevuto, sia anatema.10 Vado forse cercando il favore degli uomini, o quello di Dio? Oppure cerco di piacere agli uomini? Se cercassi ancora di piacere agli uomini, non sarei servo di Cristo.”
 
     Paul opens his letter to the Galatians with his normal greetings and then begins immediately to deal with the most pressing issue facing these Galatian churches: the desertion of their faith!  Paul is astonished that in such a short time, false teachers had corrupted their thinking to a new version of the Gospel that was not the Gospel. What was this “different gospel”? It was the view that faith and works would equate to salvation. Paul had already faced others who had tried to corrupt the teaching of salvation (Acts 15:24) and now the Galatians had deserted the gospel of grace through faith in Christ to a legalism by adding works. In some of the strongest language Paul ever used, he tells them these false teachers have “perverted the Gospel”.
     Paul illustrates the truth that the Gospel must not be altered by saying that if he, an angel or any other man preaches a different Gospel than the Gospel of grace through faith, let him be condemned. For emphasis, he repeats it twice! He concludes this paragraph by telling us that adding works to salvation, in essence, pleases men. But the true servant of the Lord rests on the completed work of Christ. If salvation came through works of the law, then Christ died for nothing (Galatians 2:21). Thank God for His gift of salvation through faith alone! “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Pray with me: Lord, I thank you that there is no amount of good works that I could ever do to earn salvation. Help me to always remember that I am saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and that good works follow salvation but never accompany it.


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