Galatians 1:6-9

In Galatians 1:6-9 Paul admits he can hardly believe how short the focus is for the people of Galatia when it comes to following Christ. It wasn’t just that they were turning away, but it is such a quick desertion of the Gospel and grace they were taught. Often Paul began his letters to churches with praise and thanks, but not in this case. “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.” It is a similar problem – people are following a false teaching which is a distortion of the Gospel.

Guzik explains there are three things that distort and make this ‘a different Gospel’:

  1. It was illegitimate
  2. It was not good at all but trouble
  3. It was a distortion of the true Gospel and its truth

Paul sees that this distorted gospel is not really another gospel at all but rather false teachers who decided to teach a different message that better served their own personal interest. It was their version which was changed to fulfill what they wanted from it.

The Gospel of Jesus literally means ‘good news’. That’s the message Paul brought. These false teachers brought their own news which was really bad news when compared to the Gospel of Christ. They changed the message completely for their own selfish interests. This is serious and Paul makes clear it is not something that can be taken lightly or ignored. Paul preached the Gospel of Christ and defends that as the one and only true good news. This other stuff is junk. “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.”

Paul wants anyone who teaches anything but the true Gospel of Christ to be cursed. There is no room for anything but the truth. And he drives it home doubly by saying it again. “As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.” There is no room for a false gospel. Paul doesn’t just ask God to curse the false narrative, but to curse the people who deliver it as well. That’s how serious this matter is. It is the difference in where people will spend eternity. Only the Gospel of Christ and the grace God offers through it will lead to eternal life. So Paul’s not mincing words here – it is not merely life and death but eternal life and death.

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