Today, we begin with a reading from the Book of Galatians. To me, one of the powerful themes in this chapter is the insistence of Paul that everyone who teaches and preaches the Gospel of Christ must be held accountable – accountable in our teaching, preaching and actions. Paul challenges the people of Galatia to hold even him accountable. As we read this chapter, I encourage you to ask yourself, “Do I hold myself accountable for the Gospel I believe, teach and preach?”
The Letter of Paul to the Galatians
1 Paul an apostle—sent neither by human commission nor from human authorities, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— 2 and all the members of God’s family who are with me,
To the churches of Galatia:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
There Is No Other Gospel
6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed! 9 As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed!
10 Am I now seeking human approval, or God’s approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Paul’s Vindication of His Apostleship
(Cp Acts 9)
11 For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; 12 for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
13 You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism. I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it. 14 I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. 15 But when God, who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son to me, so that I might proclaim him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with any human being, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were already apostles before me, but I went away at once into Arabia, and afterwards I returned to Damascus.
18 Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days; 19 but I did not see any other apostle except James the Lord’s brother. 20 In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie! 21 Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia, 22 and I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea that are in Christ; 23 they only heard it said, “The one who formerly was persecuting us is now proclaiming the faith he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they glorified God because of me. 
Questions for Reflection:
- In the 1st Chapter of Galatians, Paul expressed concern that some of the Galatians have so quickly forsaken the Gospel for another gospel. Why do you think these persons were quick to move on to another gospel?
- What are your thoughts about what Paul says regarding everyone, including himself to be held accountable for expressing the true Gospel?
- Other thoughts regarding this chapter?
Prayer: Hold me accountable, Lord! Hold me accountable for the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart! Hold me accountable! Hold me accountable for my actions. Lord, I want to serve you. Lord, I want to witness for you. Lord, I want to bless your name at all times. Search me and know me. Try me and see if there are any wicked ways in me. Then lead me in the path everlasting. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
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