NTB-9-GEPC-1 - Galatians: No Other Gospel
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Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
“But even if we or an angel from Heaven, preach to you any other gospel than that
which we have preached, let him be accursed,” Galatians 1:8.
When we think about the book of Galatians, Paul is writing to Christians, some of
whom have come out of Judaism, and there is a tendency to try to intermingle the two.
Like in Acts chapter 15, where some were trying to bind circumcision on Christians.
Thus Paul will say, “No other gospel than what we have preached to you, the purity and
simplicity of the gospel of Christ must be above all and in all.” Galatians 1:6-9, Paul
records these words, he says, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from him
who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another but
there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ,” Paul says,
“but even if we or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we
preach to you let him be accursed, as we've said before so now I say again if anyone
preaches any other gospel to you than what we received, let him be accursed.” This is
the backdrop behind the book of Galatians. No other gospel, we simply want the good
news, the message of Jesus Christ, in its purity, in its authenticity without additions or
subtractions to be pleasing to the Father.
As we think about the purity of the gospel and making sure that we stay with the
truth, Jude wrote to Christians and he said, “Beloved while I was very diligent to write
you concerning our common salvation. I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you
to contend earnestly for the faith, which was once for all, delivered to the saints.” Just
like in Acts 6:7, where many of the priest were obedient to the faith. Jude writes and
tells Christians, you have got to fight for the faith. You have got to stand up for it. Why
Jude? It's that once for all delivered faith.
This is God's final Revelation to mankind. It's God's word for men and women
today. It is the way to know that we’re right with God. We must not give in to anything
else. There isn't another Testament of Jesus Christ. I open the book of Mormon, and I
look at the inside page of the book of Mormon, and it says ‘Another Gospel of Jesus
Christ.’ Wait a minute, Paul already dealt with that in Galatians 1:6-9, “There is not
another, there is only one gospel, one good news, contained in the New Testament of
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Here's the application, this is everything I need. I
need to stay with it and not give in to what somebody here says, or what someone
claims they heard. This is the final Revelation. We don't need to give in the fables and
endless genealogies and tales that we hear from other people, 1 Timothy 1:3-4. If God
gave us the Bible, and angel came to you today and said, ‘I've got more revelation
another revelation from Jesus Christ, here's what it says’ what should you do? Even if
the apostle Paul himself came back or an angel from heaven came to you and preached
another gospel, Paul said, ‘don't receive it.’ Why is that? Because this book has
everything you need for life and godliness, 2 Peter 1:3. This book is able to make you
complete in and of itself. I don’t need another revelation; this is all I need to get to
Heaven. Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and
is profitable for doctrine, for proof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the
man of God may be complete thoroughly equipped for every good work.” God's word
has everything I need. I'm not looking for another revelation, because this book is not
missing anything. It is all true, John 17:17. It is the truth that can make you free, John
8:32. It is the power of God unto salvation, Romans 1:16. It is living, powerful, sharper
than any two edged sword, Hebrews 4:12. It has the ability still, to prick men and
women's hearts Acts 2:37. So, like the psalmist said in Psalm 119:160, we can say,
“The entirety of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous judgments endures
As we think about this idea of the one gospel though, let's realize that there is a
very serious pronouncement here against preaching and the problem with preaching
other gospel. Paul says there is someone who's going to be accursed. People who
preach another Gospel are going to be accursed. King James will say anathema; USB
translators have it this way, they think the idea is that person may be curse to hell.
That's the seriousness of what we’re talking about in preaching of the Gospel. How
serious is it to depart from the teaching of Christ? How serious is it to teach something
that is not in the Bible? Do you remember the stern warning of James 3:1? “My
brethren, let not many of you become teachers knowing, we shall receive a stricter
judgment.” We’re not to become any teacher, because we’re to be judged by what we
teach. That’s not a warning against teachers. That is a warning to teachers that they
make sure they teach the word. The Bible says, ‘Preach the word, be instant in season
and out of season, to reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine,’ 2
Timothy 4:2. The Scripture says, “If any man speaks, let him speak as the oracles of
God, How we need to be ready ‘always to give a Bible ready answer,’ 1 Peter 4:11 and
1 Peter 3:15. God's warning here is the one Gospel will save. Don't even believe it,
even if an angel or Paul himself were to come, not that they're going to, but even if they
did, don't even believe anything else. Make sure you teach it for the sake of your own
Now as we think about Christianity, as we think about the Gospel, as we even
think about our very existence here, let's realize our life is here to glorify God. Direct
your attention to Galatians 1 and notice what Paul says in verse 10, “For do I now
persuade men or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would
not be a servant Christ.” Paul why are you doing what you are doing? I’m not doing it
please men, and I'm not a servant a man, I do the things I do, because I'm here to serve
and glorify Christ. Paul faced a lot of persecution after he obeyed the Gospel. A lot of
hard times, a lot of hardship, and difficulties came his way. Paul, why did you do those
things? ‘If I were still pleasing men,’ Paul said, ‘I would not be a servant of Christ.’
We're here to serve Christ and to the glorify God. This is why Paul would say,
“I'm not becoming your enemy because I tell you the truth”, Galatians 4:16 Jesus is the
great example, of his life being here to glorify God. Everything he said was not to please
people, but to glorify God. This is why the common people, they heard Jesus gladly. He
stood up and boldly proclaimed what the scribes and the Pharisees were to cowardice
or prejudice to proclaim and believe. Thus, we must use our life to honor God not men.
That's why we're created. Isaiah 43:7, God says, “Everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory, I formed him, yes, I've made him.”
Solomon sought for purpose and meaning in life. He tried a lot of vain and
useless efforts, building things, projects, money, wine, women, and gardening, whatever
you can think of, Solomon tried it. You know what his total conclusion was? Let's hear
the conclusion of the whole matter. Solomon what's life all about? “Fear God, keep his
commandments, this is the whole duty of man,” Ecclesiastes 12:13. Like Paul, let's use
our life to serve God and please him and not men.
As I think about Paul, one of the things that made him stand out as in this
context, where he's no doubt facing trials and tribulations for obeying the Gospel will
make a great statement about simply trusting God and his word. Notice Galatians 1:16,
Paul says that, “when God showed him his grace, to reveal his son in me that I might
preach him among the Gentiles,” Paul said, “I did not immediately confer with flesh and
blood.” What's that mean? Paul is in essence saying, ‘when God told me what he
wanted me to do, I didn't have to go asked Peter, I didn’t go ask John, I didn't have to
asked the Pharisees, or the religious elite of that day, or the high priest , whoever it may
be,’ Paul said, ‘I don't have to confirm flesh and blood.’ Meaning he didn't have to check
with somebody else to see if that is right. There's a powerful lesson to be learned here.
It's this, when this book, the word of God, says it that settles it. I don't have to check
with flesh and blood. I don't have to ask other people, “is this what I ought to believe? Is
this okay to believe?’ Sometimes I hear people saying, I have been discussing the Bible
with people, and someone will say, ‘I kind of see what you’re saying there, but I need to
go asked my pastor.’ Really? Is your pastor going to be the one you stand before in the
Day of Judgment? Is your pastor the one who you’re accountable to? Do you have to go
ask your parents or your friends? No, you don't have to confirm with flesh and blood if
the Bible says it,
That's all we need. I love the words of Ephesians 3:4, Paul says, “When you
read, you can understand my knowledge and the mystery of Christ.” How do I become
the knowledge? By reading. “You know the truth, the truth will make you free,” John
8:32, “Do not be ignorant, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” So regardless of
what man may think or believe, or want you to believe, when it comes from God you
won't have to double check with me and you can know it's right because it's from
As we think about the great lessons in the book of Galatians, let's realize that one
of the most powerful and practical lessons are found through the example of Paul's
self-sacrifice. Many of us know the words, the beautiful words of Galatians 2:20. Notice
what this says, “I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ
lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the son of God who
loved me and gave himself for me.” Paul, how do you view life now? No longer about
me, ‘I have been crucified with Christ.’ What's that mean? Exactly what Jesus was
teaching in Luke 9:23 “If any man desires to come after me, let him deny himself take
up his cross daily and follow me.” Jesus said, ‘he who loves life is going to lose it,’ and
he who loves his life for my sake and for the kingdom, it’s not going to be worth it, in
essence. Jesus is teaching the first be the last, and the last be first. You've got to put
the kingdom of God before all else. You have got to have the mindset of Paul in
Romans 12:1-2, “I beg you,” Paul said “by the mercies of God that you present your
body a living sacrifice.” What do you mean Paul? Holy and acceptable to God which is
your reasonable service, do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the
renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect
will of God.”
As I think about Paul's example of self-sacrifice, I'm reminded of the words of 1
Corinthians 6:19-20. Paul says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy
Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God,” listen now, “and you are not your own.”
What do you mean Paul? You were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body
and in your spirit, which are his. How does the Christian view his fleshly life now? Not
mine anymore. When I obey the Gospel, when I became a Christian, when I went down
in the waters of baptism, at that moment in time I was surrendering 100% of myself to
live 100% for God. It’s no longer about me, my lust, my desires, my passions, my wants;
it is not what life is about. Why is it that way? Here's why, somebody paid the ultimate
price so that I can live a new life, a free life, and get a second chance. That somebody
is Jesus Christ. Acts 20:28, Jesus purchased the church with his own blood. The Bible
tells us that Jesus may that once for all sacrifice for sin, Hebrews 10:12. Because of
what he did, I'm living every day for Jesus and for the truth.
Now another thing that we will notice in the book of Galatians, is that it's
possible if we're not careful, to become bewitched by certain doctrines and teachings of
men today. Galatians 3:1, the Bible says, “O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you
that you should not obey the truth? Before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly
portrayed among you as crucified.” When I think about Jesus and the truth, and when I
think of the host of various doctrines have been, it does seem that's people are so easily
deceived, or as the new King James and King James version will say, bewitched. That
is their trick. It's as if they’re almost under the spell of these doctrines that are being
taught. Here are some of those: humanism is a very bewitching doctrine in the sense of
this, it tells man that it takes God out of the center the picture, out of the center of the
universe and it places man right there in the middle. It says to man, ‘you’re the big shot
now you run things the way you want, it's all about you and having fun and everything
you want in this life.’ That sounds great to so many people, no barriers, no boundaries
whatever I want. Wait a minute now, that's not what the Bible says. That's not what God
says. God says you’re bought at a price; your body and your spirit now belong to God.
Sin is such a tempting doctrine. There's no doubt there is a passing pleasure to see,
and Hebrews 11 clearly teaches that. Sometimes people get so caught up in sin,
whether it is lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, or the pride of life. It seems as though
they're under just that spell of sin. Sin is indeed a very tempting doctrine, but let's
remember, “The wages of sin is death,” Romans 6:23. Satan, the lust of the flesh, all the
religious error that exist today, those are things I've got to be careful about as a
Christian. If I'm not on guard, if I'm not sober, if I'm not watching, 1 Peter 5:8, Mark
13:35, then I may be brought under the spell, brought under the ideas and teachings
that go along with that.
One of the problems that Christians had in the first century was realizing they
were not under the old law. In fact the old law, it was not something that could benefit
them anymore. Notice Galatians 3, notice what the old law really gave them. You
wouldn’t want it, I promise. Galatians 3:10 the Bible says, “For as many as are of the
works of the law, are under the curse, for it is written cursed is everyone who does not
continue in all things written in the book of the law, to do them” Deuteronomy 27:26.
Paul quotes this Old Testament passage. He says, ‘to some of you Christians were
trying to go back to this perverted Gospel, mixing Judaism and Christianity. Let me tell
you why you don't want to do that. The law, what did it bring you? A blessing? Did it
bring you a multitude of that? No. It brought a curse.’ What do you mean Paul? “Cursed
is everyone who does not continue in all things written there in the law. “If you didn’t do
what the law said, you were cursed.
Now Peter, said Acts 15:10, James said, “that neither we nor our fathers could
keep it perfectly.” Could they keep the law? No, James 2:10,”and no one could keep the
law perfectly.” Thus those are trying to go back and be under the old law, don't realize,
you're taking yourself out of the grace and mercy and love of God and putting yourself
under a system, where at best is a curse. Would you really want to do that? I sometimes
hear people say today, ‘You know we are living under the old law” I think to myself,
have you really thought through what you're saying? Do you want to go back to that old
law? Sacrificial bloody system? Read the book of Leviticus; see if that's really what you
want. For every sin intentional or unintentional, there was a sacrifice to be made. Its
blood be shed at the altar, your hands would be filthy with the blood of animals. Then at
the very best, you can never really take away sin, Hebrews 10:3-4.
However, the good news is, Christ did come to take away the curse of the law by
being a curse for us. Notice Galatians 3:11-13, the Scripture says, “But that no one is
justified by the law, on the side of God is evident, for the just shall live by faith, yet the
law is not of faith, but the man who does them shall live by them,” notice verse 13,
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us but is
written cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.” That curse that we just spoke about
‘curses ever done continued all things written in the law,’ nobody could keep perfect,
everybody was under a curse. How do you deal with that? Jesus became a curse for us.
Deuteronomy 21:23 the old law said, “anybody who hangs on a tree is cursed” Yet
Christ didn't do that for himself, “he bore our sins in his own body on the tree that we
having died to sin, might live for righteousness, by whose stripes we are healed.” Am I
going to live a perfect life? Are you going to live a perfect life? No. “There is none
righteous, no not one,” Romans 3:10, “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of
God.” Yet through Christ, his love, his mercy, his sacrifice, his blood, that curse of sin
can be taken away.
At what point is it taken away? At what point am I free from sin? At what point
do I become a child of God? Paul mentions this, in correlation with Christ taking away
the curse, in Galatians 3:27 notice what the Bible says about baptism putting us into
Christ, where there is no curse. “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have
put on Christ.” Here's why this is important, 2 Timothy 2:10-11 says that, “Salvation is in
Christ.” Ephesians 1:3, “All spiritual blessings are in Christ.” If salvation's in Christ and
all spiritual blessings are in Christ and we've already learned that in Christ the curse of
the law, curse of sin is take away, my next question is: How in the world do I get into
Christ? Galatians 3:27 tells us, “As many of you,” watch this now, “were baptized into
Christ having clothed yourselves with Christ.” The Bible makes it abundantly clear that
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, John 14:6.
The Bible clearly teaches to get into Christ, you must be immersed in water.
Jesus said, “Unless a man is born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter into the
kingdom of God,” John 3:5. Jesus told his disciples to ‘Go into all the world and preach
the Gospel, unto every creature. He that believes and is baptized will be saved.’ Paul
was told in Acts 22:16, “Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on the
name of the Lord.” To deny that the power and the teaching of baptism, is to live a life
without being inside of Christ. Outside of Christ that curse of sin does still remain.
Galatians 4 then teaches us that God had worked all of this together in the
fullness of time, to bring about His son into the world. Galatians 4:4 says, “In the
fullness of time, God sent forth his son, born under the law, to redeem those under the
law that he might receive them as the adoption, give them the adoption as sons.” Christ
came at the right time, in the fullness of time, in every way. Prophetically, he fulfilled
every prophecy. Historically, it was during that Roman period in line with Daniel chapter
2, but the koine Greek language made it linguistically the perfect time to spread the
gospel. Evangelistically, roads had been made, doors have been opened,
technologies had abounded that would allow this and many more ways that we may not
even aware. God sent forth his son at just the right time. How desperately we needed
the gospel of Christ in our life, to be right with God and to live according to His teaching!
Let's be sure that if one buys into, or teaches, if a Christian buys into, teaches or
lives by a perverted gospel, or if a Christian goes into sin, let's be sure that person CAN
be lost, after he was saved. How do we know that? I want you to notice the clarity of
Galatians 5:4, the Scripture says, “You have become estranged from Christ, you who
attempt to be justified by law,” watch this now, “you have fallen from grace.”
There's a false doctrine that says a person can't fall from grace. If you're
Christian, no matter what you do, you can't so sin as to be lost, or ‘once saved always
saved.’ The Bible explicitly says a Christian can fall from grace. Is it possible?
Absolutely. Should it happen? No way. God doesn't want it to, and we don't as well.
So what's the principle that God is trying to teach us? We want to “Do good unto
all men,” Galatians 6:10. We are that new circumcision in Christ that avails much in
Jesus, Galatians 6:15. We've been given every tool, everything we need to be faithful
and live according to the Gospel.
We ask you today in view of the power, of the one Gospel of Jesus Christ, are
you sure that you're right with the Father? Have you obeyed the Gospel? Have you
heard the word of God? Romans 10:17, having heard that message, do you believe that
Jesus is God's son the only way to salvation? John 8:24, would you be willing to change
your life and repent? Luke 13:3, having confessed the name of Jesus before men,
would you be baptized into Christ? Galatians 3:27. Then living every day faithful to the
Lord, so that as Jesus said, ‘if were faithful unto death, he'll give us the crown of life.’
Study Questions for: “Galatians”
1. According to Galatians 1:6-9, how many Gospels are there?
2. In Galatians 1:10, if Paul had chosen to please men, he would not have been a
servant to whom?
3. What is the whole duty of man according to Ecclesiastes 12:13?
4. In Galatians 1:16, when God revealed His son to Paul that he might preach, did
Paul ask for advice from anyone? Why?
5. How are we to understand the knowledge of Christ, according to Ephesians 3:4?
6. What are the wages of sin according to Romans 6:23?
7. Galatians 3:10 tells us people trying to live under the old law are what?
8. According to Acts 15:10 and James 2:10, who was able to keep the law?
9. According to Galatians 3:13, who redeemed us from the old law?
10.When do we put Christ on according to Galatians 3:27?