Different Gospel

Galatians 1:6—”I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—”

What is this different gospel?

“Periodically I come across a book that grips my soul and takes my breath away. I am presently reading such a book and though not a lengthy book it is a meaty book that requires one to back up and read again. The book is titled Jesus+Nothing=Everything. The author is Tullian Tchividjian, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Coral Ridge, Florida. This is the church that was founded and pastored by Dr. D. James Kennedy up until the time of his death. Tullian is also the grandson of Billy Graham.

The book deals with all of the things that we Christians try to add to the pure simplicity of the Gospel. But the truth of the matter is that when Jesus said, “It is finished!”, He meant it. There is nothing we can add to it, it is finished. No amount of effort on our part can ever enhance our position before God in Christ and if we offer up anything, even good things to show God our sincerity or good faith, this amounts to dead works on our behalf. How do you add to a finished work?” From sbctruckee.com

“The Judaizers came with a seductive message: in order to truly please God, Gentile believers needed to conform to Jewish patterns of living. These included the observance of Kosher dietary laws, circumcision, and the Jewish religious calendar. Paul wrote clearly and pointedly to combat this false message. 

Salvation is by Grace Alone 

The letter to the Galatians has one simple message: Salvation is by grace alone. The minute you revise the Gospel and try to add a “plus factor,” you reverse the Gospel. When you add a plus factor, you nullify the grace of God and the outcome of faith becomes contingent not on grace, but on that plus factor. Paul’s tone throughout the book is one of concern, dismay, and even anger at the dangerous message of un-grace that threatened the Galatian church. He knew that the centrality and sufficiency of Christ in the Gospel was at stake, and thus the entire approach to Christian life. He had good reason to be upset and concerned! He goes so far as to pronounce a curse on anyone that would add to the Gospel message of salvation by grace alone.” From irp-cdn.multiscreensite.com 

We believe in grace, but we often mix it with many undertones of the letter. Gal. 2 says no one is justified by the works of the law.  The Galatians had mixed works into the gospel.  He wants us to walk in a pure gospel of grace totally dependent on Him, not us.

Lord, we thank you for Your grace that is freely given to us.  May you open our eyes that we may comprehend the gospel of grace.

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