Talking About The Gospel Gal. 1:6-9, 11-12, 15-16; 2:1-6 June 07, 2009
In my opinion the gospel does not need any other words to describe it, such as; full, solid, etc. The gospel is defined in 1 Cor. 15:1-4. It means: “Good News.” This is the Gospel I want to declare when Talking About The Gospel.
1. Talking About The Gospel; Make Sure Your Gospel Is Not A . . Phony Gospel. 1:6-9
A. The . . Marvel Of A Phony Gospel. 1:6
6 I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from Him who called you by the grace of Christ, and are turning to a different gospel—
B. The . . Mistake Of A Phony Gospel. 1:7
7 not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are troubling you and want to change the gospel of Christ.
C. The . . Maligning Of A Phony Gospel. 1:8-9
8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than what we have preached to you, a curse be on him! 9 As we have said before, I now say again: if anyone preaches to
you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him!
If you listen to some of the so called TV preachers you will hear what has been designated as a, “health and wealth gospel.” These people claim the God of their gospel wants everybody, “healthy and wealthy. One comedian said, they want you to get healed, while they get well healed. When they are seen in their Mercedes and their 6 million dollar homes that comment becomes more reality than humor. In Paul’s day he told the people to beware of a different (phony) gospel. This phony so called “gospel” insisted on adding the ritual of circumcision to the grace of God. Paul says he marveled at how people could be persuaded by such teachings. This false gospel caused people to make a great mistake and actually maligned them.
2. Talking About The Gospel; Make Sure Your Gospel Is Not . . A Physical Gospel. 1:11-12
A. The . . Origin Of A Physical Gospel. 1:11
11 Now I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel preached by me is not based on
a human point of view.
B. The . . Ordering Of A Physical Gospel. 1:12
12 For I did not receive it from a human source and I was not taught it, but it came by a revelation from Jesus Christ.
The term “physical gospel” refers to a manmade presentation. It does not originate from God nor did God order the preaching of it. Paul boldly stated he did not get the gospel from men but that it was revealed from heaven. God ordered Paul to learn His message and preach it. When the gospel from God is preached peoples lives are eternally changed.
3. Talking About The Gospel; Make Sure Your Gospel Is . . Pleasing. 1:15-16
A. The . . Call Of The Pleasing Gospel. 1:15
15 But when God, who from my mother's womb set me apart and called me by His
grace, was pleased
B. The . . Consultation Of The Pleasing Gospel. 1:16
16 to reveal His Son in me, so that I could preach Him among the Gentiles, I did
not immediately consult with anyone.
Paul claimed God’s call for him to preach came while he was still in his mother’s womb. Did he recognize this even while rebelling against the call? He further states he did not consult with other men before he began proclaiming the gospel. Note this gospel preaches Jesus. It includes preaching the death, burial, resurrection. All the witnesses of Christ resurrection preached this same message. Why did Paul and the eyewitnesses preach this message? It pleased the Lord, san brought salvation to a multitude of people.
4. Talking About The Gospel; Make Sure Your Gospel Is . . Presentable. 2:1-6
A. The . . Authority Of The Presentable Gospel. 2:1
1 Then after 14 years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also.
B. The . . Authentication Of The Presentable Gospel. 2:2-4
2 I went up because of a revelation and presented to them the gospel I preach among the Gentiles—but privately to those recognized as leaders—so that I might not be running, or have run, in vain. 3 But not even Titus who was with me, though he was a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. 4 This issue arose because of false brothers smuggled in, who came in secretly to spy on our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, in order to enslave us.
C. The . . Accuracy Of The Presentable Gospel. 2:5-6
5 But we did not yield in submission to these people for even an hour, so that the truth of the gospel would remain for you. 6 But from those recognized as important (what they really were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism )—those recognized as important added nothing to me
Can you present this gospel any where? Several years ago Bennie Hinn came back from an overseas trip and confessed he was wrong to preach God wants every body wealthy. (Check Chrisma Magazine). What he really said declared his gospel could not be presented everywhere. Well the gospel of the Bible can be presented anywhere. The biblical gospel carries with it the authority of God. The authentication of Paul’s message came forth every placed he preached it. Why? Because it really contained the accurate gospel from God. When Talking About The Gospel lets make sure God leads us. Amen? Amen!