Galatians 1-3

What’s in your gospel?

Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia is one of his first letters. In this letter he addresses many of the same issues found in Acts 15 with the Jerusalem Council. There are people saying the Gentiles needed to live like Jews in order to be saved. Galatians is Paul’s response.

In this letter Paul makes a simple argument: faith in Christ alone saves. There is nothing we can add, nor any work we can do, that can help us obtain salvation. No, it is Christ plus nothing. We do not need circumcision or anything else from the Mosaic Law to be saved. According to Paul, not even the Jews could live up to it, so why add that burden on other believers? So, if anyone comes at you with anything other than Christ alone for salvation, you need to pump the brakes.

Even though this was an issue in the early church, it’s still an issue today. There are many who would say there are other things that need to be done to be saved. You need to be baptized, you have to dress a certain way, you must do this, you can’t do that. All they do is add rules to salvation, when all we need is repentance and faith in Christ. Sidenote: baptism doesn’t save, but a believer should be obedient to the command to be baptized after salvation.

How will you respond? Will you take time today to examine your life and see what you’re adding to the gospel? Pray to the Lord to help you strip everything away until it is Christ alone.

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