Tuesday 27th March 2018 - Daily Reading:
Galatians 1:1-10 - One Gospel (2) by Richard Cowling

Yesterday, we started to take a look at the book of Galatians, and in particular had a look at verses 6-7a: "I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel - which is really no gospel at all." Without wanting to re-write yesterday's devotional all over again, the question was asked, do we really know the true gospel? And not only know it intellectually, or had it taught to us by man, but received the gospel by revelation from Jesus Christ?

For the readers of this letter, they had heard and received the gospel of grace, but Paul is astonished that so quickly their attention has been turned to a different gospel, which is no gospel at all! The people of Galatia were being turned away from the message of grace, and were being brought a different message, a message that salvation could come by another means.

Who knows at this moment in time what the other message that had come to the church in Galatia was? But let's have a think about our own society and culture. Perhaps other people's gospel is that they are a 'good person'. Or perhaps for others, their gospel is works that they do, the money they give to various good causes, or the fact that they do nobody any harm. Or maybe it is the fact that they just happen to go to church every weekend - that must surely 'seal the deal'. For many people around us, they have their own 'gospel' as to why they are OK, and why everything will be fine for them. But, in the words of Paul, 'It is no gospel at all!' It is worthless! They need to hear the true gospel!

Let's see what Paul has to say of the Gospel in another of his letters. In 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Paul writes "Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved... For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to Scriptures." Let us not forget that which we received, the gospel of grace through faith in Christ. And like Paul, that which we received, let's pass on of first importance to others, that Christ died in their place! Let's pray for revelation!

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