Restarting our deep dive into the Book of Galatians, this week we consider Paul’s question to the church in Galatia in which he challenges them on how their allegiance to Christ has been so easily undone.
Between the lines what we learn is that the commitment of these new believers was genuine and heart-felt but not secure in terms of the sacrifice required of them. Hence why when others arrived purporting a different gospel message to the one that had been spoken by Jesus and the Holy Spirit, some decided to change course and opt for a gospel message that did not require huge sacrifices to be made.
Paul describes these competing ideas as contrary to the example set by Christ who remained faithful and true to the end whatever circumstance or temptation might arise to lead them astray. No wonder, Paul describes this conciliatory idea in terms of being no gospel at all as it is marked both by confusion and a perversion of the truth of Jesus living within them.
What the newbie christians from Galatia were about to learn is that temptation will visit us in many disguises that – when tempted to believe and follow – will inevitably leads us into confusion and poor decision making. It wasn’t a case that Christ and the Holy Spirit had left them, quite the opposite in fact. Til next week…