"As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!" Galatians 1:9
Today's Devotional Insight...
No Other Gospel – Exposition of Galatians 1 by John Piper
What we can see immediately in this first chapter of Galatians, and at the end of verse 9 in particular (“If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed” —anathema, damned), is that this letter, and in this conference focused on this letter, and the 500-year-old Reformation enflamed by this letter, and the Christian faith that stands or falls with this letter — what you can see is that the Christian faith, and that Reformation, and this conference, and this letter deal with matters on which your eternal destiny hangs. “If anyone brings you another gospel, let him be damned!”
“Every day, people in your church and your family are being lured away from Christ as their supreme treasure.”
And therefore, this letter and this conference and the Reformation and Christianity should echo in us with unparalleled seriousness.
– Unparalleled seriousness in joy at the grace and peace that is ours in verse 3, and the deliverance from evil and destruction that is ours in verse 4, and the soul-satisfying glory of God in verse 5.
– Unparalleled seriousness of astonishment (like we see in verse 6) that we or our children or friends would turn away from this grace to a gospel that is no gospel.
– Unparalleled seriousness of anger at anyone who, like those in verse 7, distort the gospel and destroy human souls — let them be accursed.
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