Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents

 

Gal. 1:6-12

NO OTHER GOSPEL

Apr. 6, 1968 am


GOD DOES NOT WANT TO CURSE ANY MAN, BUT HERE IS A DOUBLE CURSE

There are certain sins whose natural consequence leads to certain judgements of condemnation.  Men might argue that one religion is as good as another- but I accept God's Word as authority.  Let me show you what the Bible says - for if all Christians were silent, the stones would cry out.

God will see that you hear the truth- then what you do with it is up to you!

I. THE PROBLEM FACING ALL MANKIND  v. 6,7

This is a universal problem, men have always had it and it is no harder or easier today!

A. "I MARVEL THAT YOU ARE SO SOON REMOVED FROM HIM ... UNTO ANOTHER GOSPEL" v.6

  • 3:1 Paul asked them who had bewitched them- He knew the Judiasers followed him everywhere
  • They taught that a man had to follow the Old Testament law in order to be saved- Proselyte, not convert
  • Gal 5:4 warning that if you try to keep saved by the law- you are fallen from grace!

B. "WHICH IS NOT ANOTHER" v. 7a "Gospel" means Good News of Salvation- there is only one!

  • But these men pervert the gospel of Christ by adding to it, or taking away from it- Rom. 22:18,9
  • Men always want something NEW, but nothing new- Babylon, Egypt, Greece, Rome- all same
  • There is an evolution of false doctrine- but it all comes from the Devil's Hell

C. "BUT THERE BE SOME THAT TROUBLE YOU" 1:7b

  • The result of apostacy is TROUBLE- it does not solve problems, but leads to bondage- 2:4
  • Spain, Germany, England- have been led down the primrose path- Communism cries peace- war!
  • America was made great by the principles of the Gospel, but the Social Gospel (Socialism) is now leading us into a terrible judgment.  Men promise peace - bring trouble!

II. THE DOBULE CURSE UPON ANYONE  v. 8,9

Salvation is offered to "Whosoever will come", but a double curse is also offered to all.

A. IF ANYONE "PREACH ANY OTHER GOSPEL ... THAN THAT WHICH WE HAVE PREACHED"

  • Paul's message had centered around Gal. 3:11 - a life by faith - spiritual motivation-
  • His message is unusually shown in Ephesians 2:8-10 - the gift of God, accept it by faith
  • But Paul was plain to say that all the world would be judged by his Gospel- Rom. 2:16

B. ANY OTHER GOSPEL

  • Paul preached that all were sinners- the enemy appealed to man's perfectability- Utopia
  • Paul preached salvation by grace - free gift– the enemy made men saved by ritual, not spirit
  • Paul preached a changed life because of salvation– the enemy - change in order to get saved

C. LET HIM BE ACCURSED.  We would want to soft-pedal justice, and condemn the policeman

  • God pronounced a curse, He built Hell, and Jesus railed at Pharisees - Matt. 23:15
  • Paul said- "Let it be so"- he agreed with God's judgment- maybe not happy, but said "Amen"
  • We plead with men that they need not be accursed, but God's judgment is just!

This does not mean that we hate or of ourselves condemn - God has his Ministers of Wrath.

III. THE CURE THAT SAVES FROM THE CURSE  v. 10-12

Just as the problem faces everyone, the curse is on everyone, the cure is available to all.

A. PAUL DID NOT PREACH TO PLEASE MEN v. 10

  • Those with "another gospel" to preach as men pleasers, with hooks to catch men - tickle ears
  • Paul did not even use the wisdom of words- I Cor. 1:17- for psychology does not save!
  • He did not seek to please men but to save them.  Not what man wanted, but what he needed

B. PAUL CERTIFIED THAT HIS GOSPEL WAS NOT AFTER MAN v.11

  • He was saying the gospel I preach is not a human invention - he certified it with his word
  • He also certified it with his very life- his death could have been averted by renouncing faith
  • Most of the early Christians eventually found their victory over life the same way!

C. PAUL RECEIVED HIS MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL NOT FROM MAN BUT BY REVELATION FROM GOD 12

  • He did not receive his message from men but it strangely agreed with all other 36 authors
  • His salvation came as a revelation along the Damascus road - Acts 9  Special act of God
  • His doctrine came as he was in Arabia- not with Apostles- Gal. 1-17 

PAUL PLEAD WITH MEN TO STAND FAST IN THE LIBERTY WHEREIN CHRIST HAD MADE THEM FREE 5:1

Avoid the Curse by taking Christ as your Saviour- made free from the penalty of sin!
As you have started by faith, continue in spirit- made free from the power of sin!
And someday we will be around our Lord's throne- made free from the presence of sin!