No Other Gospel
Writing to the Galations (Galations 1
), Paul was shocked at how quickly the people turned away from grace and started following the doctrines of men.
He said, "Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and
from our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world according to the will of God and
He marveled because not long ago they were taught grace of Christ, but quickly turned to another
He said that the doctrine they believed was not
another gospel; there was no other. There were some that were troubling the people by teaching a false gospel, and had perverted the gospel of Christ.
Paul said that if Paul himself, or even an angel from heaven
preached anything except what Paul taught, then they should be accursed
. He even repeated himself a second time, saying "I say now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed!
Paul asked them, was he trying to please men, or God? He said that if he tried to please men, then he was not a servant of Christ. He spoke clearly that the gospel he preached was not to please any man. He did not receive it by a man, was not taught it by a man, but Jesus Christ revealed Himself to Paul.
In the days long before, Paul persecuted the church of God. He profited in the Jews' religion above many other men in his own nation because he was very zealous in the old traditions of his fathers.
But the same god who separated Paul from his mother's womb called Paul by grace to reveal God's Son to Paul so that he could preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the heathen. Paul said that he did not start discussing and debating with his own flesh and blood, and did not go to Jerusalem to talk to the apostles that were apostles before him. Instead, he went into Arabia and returned to Damascus for three years
After three years, he went to Jerusalem to see Peter and spent only fifteen days. He did not even see the other apostles except James, the brother of Christ.
After seeing Peter and James, he returned to Syria and Cilicia, and was not known (by face) to the churches of Judaea which were believers of Jesus Christ. When they heard that this one who once persecuted them now was preaching faith, they glorified God in Paul.
As Christians, we should ask ourselves: do we teach grace and faith in Jesus Christ, or do we teach man's doctrines? If an angel came down from heaven teaching another way to salvation than simply the faith of Jesus Christ, would we listen to it? If a teacher who once taught us salvation by faith and grace started teaching salvation by some other way, would we listen to it? Would we be like the churches in Syria and Cilicia, who received the gospel of faith after only a fifteen day walk with God? Are we teaching the Gospel, or are we accursed?
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