A Short Study of Galatians 1:6-7
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”
Those who want to know the difference between the true gospel and “another gospel,” that is, a false gospel, need only ask, upon whom does salvation depend? A false gospel always makes salvation dependent upon the sinner’s will or work. There may be talk about the love, kindness and grace of the Father, the life, death and resurrection of the Son and the conviction, call and work of the Spirit, but when acceptance before God is in any way conditioned upon something a sinner must do or contribute, that is a false gospel. A false gospel essentially makes man his own saviour for it declares that salvation hinges upon the decision of the sinner.
The true gospel says salvation rests entirely upon the LORD. This is the glad tidings of God’s purpose of grace, the good news of what God in Christ has already accomplished for the people He sovereignly gave to the Son in eternal, covenant love. It declares their ransom price has been paid, justice has been satisfied, their transgressions have been finished, their sins have been put away, reconciliation has been made and everlasting righteousness has been brought in. The Father chose a multitude unto salvation before the world was made. Though they fell in Adam’s transgression, the Son reconciled the elect to the Father by His work of redemption. At some point, the Holy Spirit will confront these chosen, redeemed sinners with the true gospel. They will be born from above, granted repentance from dead works and idols and given faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. They will grow in grace, in the knowledge of Christ and be preserved in faith until the day of their death when their souls shall exit this world to be with the LORD forever. Someday their bodies will be raised to immortality and incorruption. “Salvation is of the LORD.” (Jonah 2:9)