But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! – Galatians 1:8 (NIV)

The word gospel literally means “good news”. As Paul is addressing the legalism of the Galatians he speaks of the many versions of “good news” that come to us. There’s the “good news” of career, which proclaim to us that if we just work hard enough we will be satisfied. The “good news” of family tell us that we will be fulfilled if we become better parents. But what seems to be good news is never enough. Paul tells us that the good news of Jesus Christ – that Jesus gives us peace and fulfillment with God – is the news that will liberate us from the idols of career or family, and that liberation will ultimately make us a better worker or parent. Anything that takes away from God’s work through Christ is a false gospel.

Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

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