Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
No Other Gospel
6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you,let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
I love verse 4!!! Jesus gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father… It doesn’t matter in what ‘age’ we read this verse. It applies to today, tomorrow, 2,000 years ago, and for as long as there are humans on this earth. Jesus has rescued us! It has been done.
Next, we see that Paul addresses the Galatians in a fatherly way, reprimanding them for deserting his teaching, and turning to another gospel.
He says that this new gospel they heard was meant to throw them into confusion, and was intended to pervert the gospel of Christ. Not even an angel from heaven should be preaching a gospel different from that of Christ, or they are under God’s curse.
Preachers today, should not be seeking the approval of men, but of God. As Christians, we should not seek to please people. We are servants of Christ! It is Him that we need to please!
I read the devotional on bgea.org,
Billy Graham tells about King Charles the Fifth, many years ago. A merchant from Antwerp loaned him a large sum of money, but the king went bankrupt, and couldn’t repay the merchant.
The merchant held a large banquet, and invited the King. A platter was on the table and the merchant ignited a fire in it. He burned the note that had the sum of money owed to him, forgiving the King of his large debt.
The King wept.
Billy Graham finished the devotion with these words:
Two thousand years ago God invited the world to the Gospel feast, and in the agonies of the cross, God held your sins and mine until every last vestige of our guilt was consumed.
Oh God, thank You for Your forgiveness through Jesus. What an enormous price was paid for my sins. I thank You for the gift of mercy, grace, and love. Let Your will be done! In the name of Jesus, Your Son, Amen.