No Other Gospel of Christ

When Paul expressed astonishment that the Galatians were turning to a different gospel (Gal 1:6), he didn’t want them to wrongly conclude that he was actually acknowledging other gospels as legitimate.  This concern led him to quickly add, “not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ” (1:7).

For Paul, the gospel is the message about Christ, and there is no other legitimate gospel for sinners.  Other messages distort the true gospel.  Put another way, other messages lead to a false understanding of Christ and salvation.

Christians must beware of falsehoods that smell good and look genuine.  Our five senses do not detect deception, so we need to pray for discernment from the Holy Spirit and cultivate a love for the truth of God’s Word.

There is no other legitimate gospel other than the good news about Jesus Christ.  All other messages are illegitimate and powerless to save–thus, those messages are bad news masquerading as something worth believing.

Other Gospels Lead Away from God

Paul told the Galatians, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel” (Gal 1:6).

Two observations about this verse:
(1) The phrase “him who called you” refers to God the Father.
(2) They are (literally) “turning from” the Father “to another gospel.”

Now we can draw three conclusions:
(1) Other religious messages do not lead to more knowledge of God.
(2)  Turning to other gospels is simultaneously desertion from God, or apostasy–because other gospels aren’t actually legitimate (1:7a).
(3) If the Father called them in the grace of Christ, then turning away from God is also a departure from His grace.

Underlying Paul’s concern is this truth: other gospels aren’t legitimate messages that save sinners but, instead, are deceptive messages that distort  the way of salvation, lead away from a true knowledge of God, and substitute a system of works for divine grace.

Like the Galatians, we need the reminder to hold to the biblical gospel about the grace of God displayed in the cross of Christ on behalf of sinners.