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Read Galatians 1:1-12


Read Galatians 1:1-12

From Paul, whose call to be an apostle did not come from human beings or by human means, but from Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from death. 2All the brothers and sisters who are here join me in sending greetings to the churches of Galatia:
3 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
4 In order to set us free from this present evil age, Christ gave himself for our sins, in obedience to the will of our God and Father. 5To God be the glory for ever and ever! Amen.
6 I am surprised at you! In no time at all you are deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ,a and are accepting another gospel. 7Actually, there is no “other gospel”, but I say this because there are some people who are upsetting you and trying to change the gospel of Christ. 8But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel that is different from the one we preached to you, may he be condemned to hell! 9We have said it before, and now I say it again: if anyone preaches to you a gospel that is different from the one you accepted, may he be condemned to hell!
10 Does this sound as if I am trying to win human approval? No indeed! What I want is God’s approval! Am I trying to be popular with people? If I were still trying to do so, I would not be a servant of Christ.
11 Let me tell you, my brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preach is not of human origin. 12I did not receive it from any human being, nor did anyone teach it to me. It was Jesus Christ himself who revealed it to me.


The Galatian church initially received the gospel from Paul - the simple Good News of Christ's death, resurrection and salvation.  It seems others came to add conditions and make it complicated.  Paul encourages them to hold on to the simple faith he proclaimed at first.


Lord I think too much and I make your gospel too complicated.  Help me to know the simple truth that I am loved, forgiven and transformed by your grace.

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