Galatians 1:6-9 KJV
6I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Just let that word wash over you a bit: Grace.
That is the heart of the gospel. Yesterday Paul greeted the Galatians with grace. Today he wonders why they don’t really believe that grace. It’s so hard for us to accept the simplicity of this gospel of grace that we are all too often tempted to add something to it. But the minute we add something to it, it stops being the gospel. Instead it’s just confusing and perverted and misses the point entirely. So central is this that Paul asks God to curse any attempt to add to this gospel. It’s all about Grace. Grace plus anything is no longer grace. It’s undeserved, unearned, and unattainable. No one and no being, of this world or another, can change that fact. That’s the gospel message.
Christ died for you.
Christ was resurrected from the dead.
Christ is coming back for you.
Because you are his. He bought you with his blood, a price ours could not pay. He proposed to marry you, even though we were in the midst of our infidelity; and he will return for his bride. There’s nothing you can do to undo it. That’s grace. And anything else is not the gospel. Don’t lose sight of that grace, because its always with you, purifying and refining you.
What do you think? Leave your comments below and join the conversation. If you need help getting started, here are some reflection questions:
What does grace mean to you? What do think about Paul’s stern condemnation against those who adding an additional requirement to the Gospel? Is there a danger in our churches of losing the grace of the gospel and replacing it with something else?
[Reminder: this is a weekday series. The next post in the series will be on Monday.]