Paul starts his epistle to the Galatians really quite strongly, wanting to warn them of the dangers of moving away from the gospel of grace.
Here Paul equates the gospel of grace to the gospel of Christ, telling us that Christ is the message of grace.
This is of course something that is confirmed in the gospel of John where we read that grace came in the form of Jesus (John 1 v 17).
Anything other than grace and Jesus is not the gospel, that is what Paul is driving at here; anything other than grace is not the good news and Paul warns the brothers and sisters to stay away from these other “gospels”.
He actually says that they are not other gospels, but that they are a perversion (Galatians 1 v 7).
To pervert means to change, turn or corrupt.
So what is he talking about here?
He is talking about religion and legalism; trying to come to God via law and your own performance.
We can say this because of what he wrote in Galatians 5 v 1.
Grace (or Christ) is freedom while law and legalism is the bondage to which some were returning.
Much of what is heard in church is a perversion of the true gospel, the gospel of grace or the gospel of Christ.
Any doctrine that asks you to adhere to religious performance instead of trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ is a perversion of the gospel and should be avoided.
Paul warned us to stay away from this; Paul advises us to stick with grace.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you that He was indeed truth and grace”.
Galatians 1 v 6 and 7…..I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel; Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ