1:6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Though the intro to this book is filled with meaty substance I am aware that most of our readers aren’t looking for that type of exposition breakdown for our daily devotions. 😛 Don’t fail to read the first five verses, but we will start our look here. The Galatian church was starting to shift from the Gospel that had brought such incredible freedom. Paul is concerned and wants to correct their direction. He calls them to remember. Remember the words that were spoken to them which led to salvation. Remember the quality of the message brought. The substance of Christ alone, not in works but in Christ’s payment on the cross. They were being tempted to turn towards traditions, legalism, works based salvation on the basis of circumcision or some other Jewish tradition. Paul calls them to remember, and evaluate. Remember the basics of what has been taught and evaluate all other things through that message.
In the same way we are being challenged to do this. Our society is being flooded with false gospels. If you are not intentional with evaluating what you are hearing you will likely be misled. Paul, and I, want to remind you that the message you started with was powerful and brought pivotal change to your life. Do not abandon it. If you move from the truth into some feelings based, materialistic view of God then you will be leaving behind all of the Gospel’s power. Your message will not transform other’s lives because it will not be the Gospel!
2 Timothy 2:15 says 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Verse 10 is where the foundation of all this is found. You are accountable to God. Not to man. The entirety of christiandom can be flocking towards false doctrine but you won’t be judged by the wave. You will be judged by our God and you are called to study His Word for the sake of your accountability. NEVER listen to something a pastor, teacher, friend, parent, ANYONE says and accept it without Biblical support. If you are being taught something evaluate Scripture to determine it’s validity. If you forsake this it is not that you were deceived, you deserted the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel. Evaluate every message by the Word.
God, remind me that I am accountable to You. Help me to always be evaluating what is being taught. I know it is easy to fall into what everyone else is doing/believing. I need to have a heart that is compelled to only follow what is proven from Your Word. Instill within me this desire and help me to hold it above all other things. Remind me of my allegiance to You! Amen.
This is a hard one to technically apply to your relationships since the point of this is to make sure you aren’t basing things on other’s point of view. So, this will be an internal relating, and actually just be application. From here forward you need to make sure your beliefs are founded in God’s Word. If you are teaching/acting in light of something you feel is true but you don’t know where it is in Scripture you need to do a check! Don’t perpetuate more lies by teaching or living in accordance to something you don’t have evidence for. Don’t desert the Gospel that saved you, instead study and show thyself approved! God will guide you if you are seeking.