“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— Galatians 1:7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.” (Galatians 1:6–7 ESV)
From a declaration of the Gospel in the previous five verses to a strong exhortation and almost desperation as Paul struggles to believe that the Gospel of Grace that he preached and modelled has now been replaced by another different Gospel, which is not good news at all, and openly brings to light those who are distorting the Gospel, these are trouble makers.
Are we in danger of turning to another Gospel?
Are we so gullible to believe another distorted Gospel?
Paul reminded us in verses 4 -5 what the Gospel is and he will develop this Gospel in the rest of this letter!
Who are these false teachers and what was their teaching? Unfortunately, there were other Christians from a strong Jewish background that came to the region of Galatia sharing a similar message but adding to the Gospel. Basically, this was their message: “We know Jesus is the Messiah, the Saviour, but for you to follow Him it is necessary to observe certain religious laws and only then you become a true believer.”
What is wrong with this idea? This is not the Gospel of Grace, this is Jesus plus you need to work, perform, do your part to be saved.
This idea of Jesus plus something is, I believe, very much part of the need of redeeming ourselves, of us becoming our own saviours.
This idea of adding to the Gospel, I believe, is still present today.
When we place Christian traditions above the Gospel.
When we place Christian codes above the Gospel.
When we place Christian cultures above the Gospel.
When we speak “Christianise and the world around us does not understand us”.
When you hear “I can’t go to church because they are full of good people and I am not” and we make it difficult for people to come to our churches, that is not the Gospel.
When lifting a Bible in front of cameras for the world to see, That is not the Gospel, the Gospel is not for sale.
When we place a culture, a language, a race above the Gospel is not the Gospel.
In the Gospel, we are new a humanity, a redeemed community, saved by grace alone.