So soon removed…
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Galatians 1:6 — King James Version
I am astonished how quickly you are deserting the One who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel–
Galatians 1:6 — Berean Study Bible
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
Galatians 1:6-9 Those who would establish any other way to heaven than what the gospel of Christ reveals, will find themselves wretchedly mistaken. The apostle presses upon the Galatians a due sense of their guilt in forsaking the gospel way of justification; yet he reproves with tenderness, and represents them as drawn into it by the arts of some that troubled them. In reproving others, we should be faithful, and yet endeavour to restore them in the spirit of meekness. Some would set up the works of the law in the place of Christ’s righteousness, and thus they corrupted Christianity. The apostle solemnly denounces, as accursed, every one who attempts to lay so false a foundation. All other gospels than that of the grace of Christ, whether more flattering to self-righteous pride, or more favourable to worldly lusts, are devices of Satan. And while we declare that to reject the moral law as a rule of life, tends to dishonour Christ, and destroy true religion, we must also declare, that all dependence for justification on good works, whether real or supposed, is as fatal to those who persist in it. While we are zealous for good works, let us be careful not to put them in the place of Christ’s righteousness, and not to advance any thing which may betray others into so dreadful a delusion.
No Other Gospel
6I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.…
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:30
And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. 2 Corinthians 2:17
Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God. 2 Corinthians 11:4
For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. Galatians 1:7
which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. Galatians 1:11
I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. Galatians 1:15
But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased Galatians 2:2
I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain. Galatians 2:5
We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. Galatians 2:7
On the contrary, they recognized that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised. Galatians 2:14
When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs? Galatians 5:8
That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. Galatians 5:14
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 1 Timothy 1:3
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer
Thoughts on Today’s Verse
By Elizabeth Haworth
Paul does not pull his punches when he challenges the Galatian believers on their readiness to depart from the unchangeable, truth of God’s Word to a false gospel. He marvelled at the rapidity with which they turned from the glorious gospel of God’s grace:- by faith alone in Christ’s finished work at Calvary, to a different gospel, which was not an optional alternative, but a totally false gospel. This was a departure from the truth, which was leading them back into bondage. I am amazed, he admonishes them, I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him Who called you by the grace of Christ – to a different gospel.
These were not worldly, carnal Christians, who were being enticed back to the self-indulgent, fleeting pleasures and fleshly lusts that the world has to offer. They were highly religious people, who were in the process of surrendering the liberty they had freely received at salvation, (by faith in Christ’s once-for-all-offering of Himself).. to a self-inflicted bondage to sin, and enslavement to the Law.
They taught that we were saved by faith PLUS keeping the Law, and they further taught that we would only remain saved by faith PLUS keeping the Law, which ties heavy burdens on men’s shoulders and which are impossible for fallen man to bear, for the righteous requirement of the Law can never be kept by sinful man. It is given freely by faith in the finished work of Christ – Who bore our sin alone; carries our burden freely and keeps calling us to: Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
The gospel of Christ centres on the Person and work of the incarnate Word of God – our Saviour Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself willingly to die on the cross in our place. The death He died was accepted by the Father as FULL payment for our sins – (payment for all our sins and payment for every sin) so that whoever believes on HIM, would not perish but have everlasting life. And we are to LIVE by faith alone in Christ alone as well.
At the point of our salvation we were made a new creation in Christ. We were given a new-life-in-Christ. We were clothed in His righteousness and positioned in Him. When Christ died on the cross… all who would believe in Him, by grace through faith, also died to the power of the Law. You see, just as Christ identified with our sin and took all our sin upon Himself in our place – so WE are identified with Christ and as a result have been clothed in His righteousness – by God’s amazing grace
Before the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ we were all condemned under the Law, but in Him we have died to the Law, by grace through faith in Him. Paul’s condemnation of the legalisers in Galatia was a very stern warning to which we too should all pay careful heed, for if adherence to Jewish laws or any other from of eastern, western or denominational legalism is an additional requirement for justification, sanctification or glorification, it renders the cross superfluous. If keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for the Lord Jesus Christ to die at Calvary.
May we never frustrate the grace of God by seeking to impose on ourselves or others an impossible, legalistic burden, knowing that Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed for us, once and for all – by grace alone through faith in Him alone.
Heavenly Father, thank You that my salvation does not depend on what I do but on what Christ did for me on the cross. May I continue to live my Christian life by faith and not by works of the Law and help me not to add additional legalistic requirements to my Christian life, knowing that it is not works of the flesh that can keep me saved but it is all by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. To Him be all praise and glory, AMEN