Devotional – Galatians 1

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— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.

There is only one true gospel, but many false and distorted gospels. In the letter to the Galatians Paul was dealing with the distortion of the gospel that added to gift of God’s grace the need for circumcision. Today there are many distortions, some add things to the gospel, while others take things away, but the gospel of Jesus Christ is not to be distorted in any way. Paul says that those who do such a thing are accursed (v.8), but it is stronger than that they are damned; meaning those who distort the gospel will find no salvation in Jesus and will spend eternity in hell. But that is not only true for those who distort the gospel, but for those who believe a distorted gospel, that is why Jesus says in Matthew 7 that there will many who will come to him saying ‘Lord, Lord’ and he will respond, ‘I never knew you.’ Having the right gospel has eternal consequences and so does proclaiming the right gospel. My friends make sure that you are not distorting the gospel in any way – do not add to it or take anything away from it. Paul is warning all believers in all times to not be easily swayed by those who proclaim a different gospel, but cling to the grace of Christ.

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