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July 11, 2016

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”

 

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The letter to the Galatians was one of the first letters written by the apostle Paul and one of the earliest books of the New Testament. It is the first book of the New Testament to lay out the major doctrines of the gospel. The other early works, James and both letter to tis he Thessalonians, assume the gospel and refer to the gospel but do not give lengthy explanations of the gospel. Galatians is the first full orbed New Testament explanation of the gospel. Outside the book of Romans, Galatians is probably the most important defense of the doctrines of justification by grace through faith alone. What makes this letter so powerful is it is an apologetic against a very definite attack against the gospel. The letter to the Galatians has been called the Magna Carta of Christian liberty. Galatians is one of the most important books of the Bible for the understanding of the gospel throughout the world.

Galatians shows the supreme importance of the gospel message. It matters what we preach. It matters what others preach. This letter unveilings a powerful for the eternal necessity of an accurate gospel message. One reason the Judaizers changed the gospel was to avoid persecution by the Jews. (Galatians 6:12) The manner in which believers today are tempted to compromise the gospel is not the same as it was in Paul’s day, but the motivation is often the same. The temptation is to change the gospel message to avoid suffering the disfavor of men. The compromise of the gospel may have temporary benefits for the Christian but it will always result in eternal loss. Resist the temptation to spin the gospel towards a more appealing direction. Refuse the desire to soft pedal the hard parts of the gospel. A compromised gospel will never save a soul from hell. Only the gospel of Jesus will deliver the soul from its bondage to sin and death.

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