Galatians 1:6-7 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and turning to a different gospel --7not that there is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.
We begin this morning with talk of change:
JER 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
Some things cannot change, . . .
PRO 24:21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:
Some changes lead to problems, . . .
MAL 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not.
It is good that there are some things that remain the same. God doesn’t change, nor does Love.
1CO 13:7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends;
Love never ends, God never changes, and God loves us, and gave his son to die for us. But we live a world filled with changes, people fall in and out of love. But this "being in love" is not Love, it might be the center of our life for a time, but it rarely lasts as long as a flower. And as the flower whithers and fades, so does "being in love". And as we look for new flowers, so those who would "be in love" are always looking for the next bloom to pick.
And while in our lives, old toys give way to new toys, old dreams give way to new dreams, old hopes give way to new hopes . . . this should not lead us to look for new gods, For God changeth not, and His love for us endures, . . . Lord to whom should we go? You have the words of eternal life. And yet, though God changeth not, and thou his love endures. . . . we are not faithful, and God does not remain at the center of our life.
JER 2:11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.
ROM 1:23, 25 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. . . . Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator.
It is time to look at the new gods we make for ourselves, our toys and treasures. It is time we look at the use of our time, and ask ourselves, What are we working for, for treasure that lasts, or only for flowers that whither and fade. It is time we consider the good news that is ours in Christ: the Love of God, and the peace that passes all understanding, and the hope:
1CO 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
PHI 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
This brings us back to our text: I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and turning to a different gospel. God has called us together to remind eachother of the hope that is ours in Jesus Christ. Nothing can compare to this great gift. Nothing else can give us peace with God. Nothing else promises a changeless love, a love that for Jesus sake is able to forgive.
What of those who would proclaim another gospel? The words of scripture are clear:
GAL 1:8-9 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed.9As we have said before, so now I say again, If any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed.
Accursed is much worse than "having a bad day." Accursed is damned for all eternity, its Hell! And it is what awaits those proclaiming "another gospel". And the accursed, by their preaching are hoping that others will join them in their accursed condition. For misery loves company.
EPH 4:4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.
Let us remain faithful to our Lord who has loved us, and saved us, and called us to be members of his family.