Paul’s call and the Gospel!
Scripture reading for September 14th: Galatians 1:1-24
Paul was an apostle who was sent by Jesus Christ and God the Father to minister to Gentiles. Paul had ministered in Galatia and planted churches there among Gentiles. Certain false teachers from among the Jewish believers had come along later and tried to persuade these Gentile believers that they needed to follow the Jewish custom of circumcision in order to be saved. Paul wrote this letter after his first missionary journey and the experience of the council at Jerusalem to encourage the church to trust in Christ’s sacrifice alone to save them. (Acts 15:28)
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel–which is really no Gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the Gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a Gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:6-9) Paul was emphatic, twice repeating the curse on those changing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. No one can change what God has done. No one can add to Christ’s work on the cross without taking away from the Gospel! Not even angels can change or add to it!
Paul did not make up the Gospel nor did he get it from some of the other disciples. He got it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:12) Paul was a persecutor of the church of Jesus Christ and zealous for the traditions of the fathers of Judaism. But God revealed Jesus Christ to Paul and called him to preach to the Gentiles. (Acts 9:5,15) Paul went immediately to Arabia and then to Damascus. He spent three years there before going to Jerusalem to visit with Peter and James. These apostles had heard about his conversion and preaching and now got to meet this man. They thanked God for what He had done. (Galatians 1:18-24)
Paul’s Gospel message came directly from Christ, not even from the apostles James and Peter. The Gospel cannot be changed, only preached to those in need of salvation. Do you know the true Gospel?