The Power of the Gospel-Galatians 1:6-9

Galatians 1:6-9 “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!”

Galati 1:6-9 « 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. 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.

 

     Galatians is one of Paul’s epistles where his direct and candid temperament is openly revealed. He did not tolerate any nonsense when it came to the Gospel. If someone tampered with it, Paul held back no punches in stating that it was heresy and souls were in danger if it continued. This polemic epistle begins with an attack on the heretics in the Galatian church. They were preaching “a different gospel.” What “different gospel” was being preached? It was salvation by works. This idea arose from the idea that the Gospel needed help because man did not contribute in its purchase. The truth is this: man could never contribute anything to its purchase. Salvation is the free and willing act of God to pay the price for man’s sin so that restoration and reconciliation to God was available to all. 

      What is so marvelous about the Good News is that it is the only religion in the world where God becomes the agency and the agent. Every other religion of the world incorporates a system of works designed to ensure man has acceptance from his god or gods. This was the kind of thinking that had crept into the teachers at Galatia; if left unchecked, it would destroy the true Gospel by rendering it into a model like every other religion. 

     That is why Paul begins his epistle in such a harsh manner. Today, the same Galatian heresy exists in people who label themselves as Christians. Look again at verse 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!” It was so important to Paul that he repeated it in verse 9. 

     There is a chorus of an old hymn that says, “Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.”

Pray with me: Lord, I am reminded in the Word that the power of the Gospel is all sufficient without any outside assistance. Help me not to follow any kind of “different gospel” that tampers with Your truth.



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