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Summary: In this text the apostle gives us four abiding principles concerning the word of God.

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An Unchanging Message For An Ever Changing World

Galatians 1:6-10

“One of the most frequently used phrases in Christian circles is "the gospel." Amazingly few adults know what this term means. It could either refer to its literal translation, "good news;" or to the perspective that salvation is available only through the sacrificial death and subsequent resurrection of Jesus Christ and a person’s acceptance of Christ as their savior. Less than four out of ten adults (37%) knew this; 34% had other, inaccurate perceptions of the meaning of the term; three out of ten adults did not offer a guess. Even among born again Christians, only 60% correctly identified at least one meaning of this expression. (1994)… [From Barna Research Online – Beliefs: Salvation. www.barna.org]

“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, (7) which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. (8) But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. (9) As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. (10) For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

In the past thirty years there has been a proliferation of “new gospels” in the United States. Some such as the “new age” belief system are rooted in eastern mysticism, such as Hinduism. Others are based more on pop-psychology than they are on the gospel. But whatever their origin they are misdirecting men and women away from the only truth that can save you from you sin.

The core of this letter is that the people at Galatia have been turned from the life changing truth of God’s word. Paul says in verse six, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel.”

The Greek word used here (thaumazou) is “to be astounded or bewildered.” Paul’s astonish-ment is not that false teachers exist, but that the church was following them. He had expected false teachers and in fact had warned the Ephesians elders (Acts 20:28-30) that false teachers would come. What he is so surprised about is that the church is so easily mislead.

In the four verses that we are going to consider today the apostle gives us four abiding principles concerning the word of God, the gospel.

First, The Gospel Needs No Additions

Note that these false teachers are not opening denying the gospel message. They only wanted to improve the gospel by adding to it; requirements, new ceremonies and new standards. It is as if they are saying, “We believe in Jesus Christ – but we have something wonderful to add to what you already believe!” What is at least implied is that the faith that these believers have is not sufficient, some -thing more is needed.

What they viewed as a different gospel was actually a distorted gospel. The word translated “distort” means to transform into something of an opposite character.


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Larry Finley

commented on Dec 3, 2008

As usual a home run!!!

Michael James Monaghan

commented on Jan 10, 2013

If only it was presented as an ''unchanging gospel'' today . I mention because the Reformed position generally is that we are saved by Christ''s Active obedience in life; and His passive obedience to death on the Cross. Many Evangelical scholars are said to have contributed to this : '' ... we deny that our salvation was achieved merely of exclusively by the death of Christ without reference to His life of perfect obedience''.

Dearl Hardy

commented on Dec 3, 2014

wow if your that critical of one of the best teachers I know of I would certainly like to read and critique your messages where are they located on this site I cant seem to find them to comment on critique them!

Maria Sanchez

commented on Feb 26, 2016

Very encouraging and edifying message. I especially enjoyed the last point, "The Message changes lives" I have experienced it for myself. The Lord be praised forever!

John Hamby

commented on Mar 10, 2016

Thank you. I am glad that you found the sermon helpful!

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