READ GALATIANS 1:6-10
(Extra reading: Galatians 1:1-5)
The churches in Galatia had begun through the preaching of Paul. But some people, called “Judaizers”, had come into the churches and were telling the Christians there that they would not be truly blessed by God unless they embraced the law of Moses. They said that you couldn’t be truly saved unless you were part of the seed of Abraham and that for them meant something very physical and cultural. So they wanted these Christians to be circumcised and adopt Jewish ways, Jewish festivals and everything else that was part of the Law of Moses. They put a question mark behind Paul’s character and authority by saying that the Gospel he preached was not the true Gospel from the church in Jerusalem, hoping that this would cause the Galatian church to follow them instead.
WE CAN FALL INTO THE SAME TRAP THE GALATIAN CHURCH WAS FALLING INTO:
- True Christians are often tempted to listen when someone tries to impose something that seems to be a higher level of godliness. We want to be godly so we can be easily drawn into something that appears to have a higher level of godliness about it.
2. Believing any Gospel other than the Gospel of God’s grace leads to a curse. Paul would not tolerate anything that would take away or add to the Gospel of Salvation by faith in Jesus. The Gospel does not require anyone to become Jewish. The Law of Moses was a temporary measure to prepare us for the Gospel. Any teaching of the Gospel that involves Salvation or Sanctification by the Mosaic Law is the worst kind of false teaching.
QUESTIONS TO REFLECT ON:
- The Gospel means “Good News”. Think back to the day you put your faith in Jesus Christ. What was the Good News that caused you to believe in Him?
2. Are you prepared to live in the truth of the Gospel no matter the cost, even if it means that your reputation is damaged?