Galatians 1 … Consider His Gospel

For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ, (1:11-12).

The word, “gospel,” is a word translated from the Greek, meaning “good news,” and is in fact, news that causes joy.

From Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance:
2098. εὐαγγέλιον euaggélion; gen. euaggelíou, neut. noun from euággelos (n.f.), bringing good news, which is from (2095), good, well, and aggéllō (n.f.), to proclaim, tell… In the NT, spoken only of the glad tidings of Christ and His salvation, the gospel.”

From Louw- Nida Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament:
33.217 εὐαγγέλιον, ου n: (derivative of εὐαγγελίζω ‘to tell the good news,’ 33.215) the content of good news (in the NT a reference to the gospel about Jesus)—‘the good news, the gospel.’… In a number of languages the expression ‘the gospel’ or ‘the good news’ must be rendered by a phrase, for example, ‘news that makes one happy’ or ‘information that causes one joy’ or ‘words that bring smiles’ or ‘a message that causes the heart to be sweet.’”

But God’s “good news” grates on man’s natural inclination and understanding. For as you’ve probably heard it said, before the good news is received, some bad news must first be acknowledged; bad news about ourselves.

For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of us wither like a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away, (Isaiah 64:6).

The bad news is, that in and of ourselves, we have no right standing before God. It is only as we acknowledge the truth about ourselves that we are set free to receive the truth of His Gospel, the work of His grace through the cross. And this is exactly what the enemy is constantly working against.

The book of Galatians was written by Paul because there were those who had crept into this body of new believers in order to pervert the message of His Gospel of grace.

But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage, (Galatians 2:4).

From NIV Study Bible:
“Paul writes to counter the claims of legalistic Judaizers who were telling the Galatians believers that they must be circumcised and keep the law of Moses in order to be saved.”

You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough. 10 I have confidence in you in the Lord that you will adopt no other view; but the one who is disturbing you will bear his judgment, whoever he is. 11 But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished, (Galatians 5:7-11).

Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ, (Galatians 6:12).

Whenever we attempt to add works to our faith, it is in essence an argument for our own ability to have some part in His Gospel. And that is absurd.

His Gospel is His Work, it is His Grace. Period. It is good news, but it is His news. And it is only good news when His Gospel is believed to be the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth.

Consider His Gospel

  • It is His Gospel that raised Jesus Christ raised from the dead.
    • Paul, an apostle (not sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead), (1:1).
  • It is His Gospel that gave Himself for our sins.
    • Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, (1:3-4).
  • It is His Gospel that must be received.
    • For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ, (1:11-12).
  • It is His Gospel that calls us by His grace.
    • But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased, (1:15).
  • It is His Gospel that must be preached…
    • But when God… was pleased, 16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, (1:15-16).
      • …His Gospel that reveals His Love.
        • “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).
      • …His Gospel that declares salvation in Christ alone.
        • “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved,” (Acts 4:12).
      • …His Gospel that is the power of God for salvation.
        • For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16).
      • …His Gospel that reveals our condition.
        • as it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one;” … 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:10, 23).
      • …His Gospel that is His free gift of eternal life.
        • For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Romans 6:23).
      • …His Gospel that must be believed, received and acknowledged in faith.
        • that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation…13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved,” (Romans 10:9-10, 13).
      • …His Gospel that is according to the Scriptures: Christ died, was buried and raised from the dead for our sins.
        • For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, (1Corinthians 15:3-4).
      • …His Gospel that is not by our works; it is by His Grace, it is His Gift so that none may boast.
        • For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast, (Ephesians 2:8-9).

How do we respond to His Gospel?

The truth is, His Gospel will cause some to stumble; for His Gospel goes against the belief that we are each good, in and of ourselves, and that we somehow have control of our destiny.

Will we believe His Gospel?

His Gospel requires that we accept His Truth regarding His holiness; His Truth about sin; His Truth that He, in His perfect holiness, can never be in the presence of sin; His Truth about our own sin condition and our absolute inadequacy to make amends for our sin; and His Truth that only by the cross of Christ are we redeemed, forgiven and made fit for His presence.

And sadly, some find His Truth foolish.

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, (1 Corinthians 1:18, 23).

Will we believe the Truth of His Gospel as the power of God for our salvation?

Paul was preaching His Gospel, not man’s gospel; a Gospel of Grace that was in total opposition to his former manner of life.

For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it; (1:13).

His Gospel changes people; completely. Have we been changed by His Gospel?

When we are changed by His Gospel, He will empower us to preach and share His Gospel, even in the face of persecution.

 But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished, (Galatians 5:11).

Are we guarding the integrity of the Truth in preaching and sharing His Gospel, even when it costs us friendships, reputation or comfort?

Paul was clear, preaching the cross will result in persecution. The cross is offensive to the one who believes that he or she has some inherent good worthy to be part of the message of His Gospel. But in reality, that is completely and totally offensive to Holy God; that we would ever place ourselves on par with Him to minister salvation for our souls. And Paul, in defending the pure, unadulterated message of His Gospel, pronounces judgment on those who would corrupt His Gospel of Grace.

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! (1:8-9).

May our lives be so transformed that we would live dependent solely on His grace, so as to never corrupt the good news of His Gospel. Oh, that our lives would gain a reputation, not for ourselves, but for God, that others would glorify Him because of us.

but only, they kept hearing, “He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they were glorifying God because of me, (1:23-24).

Let’s Grow Together!

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