In the past two episodes we have seen how certain Pharisee Christians have visited the church in Galatia. When they arrived they told the Galatians that the message they preach is just another Gospel of the same kind of what Paul preached. However, in the epistle to the Galatians that Paul writes, he says, no no no this is not the gospel I preach. This is another gospel the opposite of what I preach.
Paul goes on to tell the churches that the gospel these Pharisee Christians were preaching was really a perversion of the true Gospel. In fact it was damnable in its content and doctrine. The verb translated into English as pervert in Galatian 1:7b is the Greek word Medestresti means to mix an alien solution with a pure base and in doing so it changes the entire chemical makeup of the base. In other words, what the Pharisee Christians mixed into the pure Gospel base had changed the base into something totally different.
The Pharisee Christians had taken the pure Gospel which is Jesus plus nothing, and they had added into it the works of the law. Thus the base was altered to become Jesus plus the law, or Jesus plus rules. The problem is this, when anything is added to the pure gospel of Jesus plus nothing, it will create a gospel of another kind, and this creates something we call religion. That is how religion is born as a perversion of the true gospel message.
These Pharisee Christians had launched a number of accusations against Paul in Galatia. One of those accusations is that the theological stance of the apostle Paul had come from God knows where, while they (the Pharisees) had received their doctrine from the 12 apostles in Jerusalem.
In this message we will hear the apostles answer to this issue. Paul explains to the Galatians where he received the Gospel and why the Gospel represents the real thing.