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Monday, September 22, 2014

Repeat Warnings

Here we GO! We are getting ready 2 start the New Week and we are starting it Off with these word of wisdom. I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel. —Galatians 1:6 “Caution, the moving walkway is ending. Caution, the moving walkway is ending.” If you’ve ever used an automated walkway at an airport, you’ve heard this kind of announcement repeatedly. Why do airports repeat this announcement over and over? To ensure safety and to protect them from liability if someone were to be injured. Repeated announcements can be annoying, but they do have value. As a matter of fact, the apostle Paul thought repeating a warning was so vital that he did it in the text of Galatians. But his statement had value far beyond the danger of tripping at the airport. Paul warned them not to listen to, nor believe, him or an angel from heaven if they preached “any other gospel” than what they had already heard (1:8). In the next verse, Paul said it again. It was a warning worth repeating. The Galatians had begun to believe that their salvation was dependent on good works instead of the true gospel: faith in Christ’s work. The gospel of Jesus—His death, burial, and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins—is the story that we have the privilege and responsibility to share. When we present the gospel, let’s share that the risen Jesus is the only solution to the problem of sin. —Dave Branon He is the way, the truth, the life— That One whose name is Jesus; There is no other name on earth That has the power to save us. —Sper Only one road leads to heaven— Jesus Christ is the way. Bible in a year: Ecclesiastes 10-12; Galatians 1 Insight Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia addresses Christians who were being persuaded to return to a lifestyle that sought to earn God’s favor through good deeds and obedience to the law of Moses. Today’s passage is part of the introduction to the letter. In these few verses, Paul introduces the topics that will be covered in the rest of the letter, provides the reason this should be of interest to the reader, and establishes his own authority to address the topic. Paul will be writing about the true gospel of Christ (vv.6-9), and the reader should pay attention to his words because he is the bondservant of Christ (v.10). Anyone who preaches another message is “accursed” (vv.8-9).

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