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There is No Other Gospel than Christ Part I
Bible Verse Galatians 1:6-7
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.
In this section of chapter one Paul makes a very frank, and direct statement to the Galatian church. Paul is astonished to the degree and speed of which they abandoned the grace of God and the Gospel of Christ. The word Paul uses for "abandoned" is the Greek word, "metatithemi" which means "to be a deserter." How could they so quickly abandon God? This is the same word used when a soldier in the middle of the battle abandons or deserts his post, thereby helping the enemy to achieve victory. And for clarification, this is not a situation where the Galatians were being forced to abandon Christ. Rather, these were Christian men and women who were easily tricked or seduced. And by their own choosing, they were abandoning God. Moreover the word used for "quick" in these passages carries the meaning to do something suddenly and with ease.
Paul is not holding back any punches. He is using very strong words and making very strong statements. Paul wants the Galatians to understand the gravity of their situation. In addition, his statements convey a sense of not only surprise, but also dismay and sadness at the actions of the Galatian Christians. The Apostle Paul is having difficulty comprehending the reasons and justifications for such actions. The Greek word Paul uses for "amazed" is "thaumazo" which means to be both astonished and bewildered. Paul wants to make it very clear to the Galatian church, they are not just turning their backs on Jesus; but they are abandoning the one who called them. They are abandoning God! God calls all believers unto Himself, and Paul is asking them directly, "why are you abandoning God?" Why if they the Galatians had been saved by grace, and justified by the blood of Christ. Now, turn away from that grace to justify themselves in the flesh.
As we read these passages we cannot forget the appeal sin has to our flesh. Our flesh loves any opportunity to parade itself. Our flesh loves any opportunity to develop pride and that's what the Judaizers were offering. By adding works to salvation, they appealed to the sin nature of the Galatians. And the Galatians were so easily fooled they did not realize when you add anything to grace it is no longer grace, but instead, it becomes works and legalism.