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!
Bible study tip >>> Look for repeated words and phrases. Go back and look for all the times “gospel” appears in this passage.
Paul is defending the true gospel — the good news that salvation by grace alone and by Christ alone is available for all. Other teachers have come to Galatia and added works to the gospel, and Paul is furious!
Look at the following verses about the good news that salvation is for all people.
Luke 2:10-11 >>> But the angel said to [the shepherd], “Do not be afraid. I bring you GOOD NEWS of great joy that will be for ALL THE PEOPLE. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
Galatians 3:8 >>> The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced THE GOSPEL in advance to Abraham: “ALL NATIONS will be blessed through you.”
The Gospel is the good news that all peoples of the earth might be saved by the grace of God by placing their faith in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World.
We can’t earn it.
We don’t deserve it.
We simply have to receive it.
Here’s a few questions to think about:
The gospel is all about GRACE. Paul is furious that others are trying to add to the requirements of how we can be reconciled to God.
Is there any area of your life where you are living to earn God’s approval instead of living by grace?
You already have God’s approval. How would it feel to live in a state of grace instead of a race for approval?
The gospel is for ALL THE PEOPLE and ALL THE NATIONS.
Is there anyone you’ve given up on, thinking they’re outside the reach of God’s grace?
How can you extend grace to all people you come in contact with today?