Legalism Is A False Gospel

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), November 13

“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ” (Galatians 1:6-7).

Paul writes to Gentile-background believers in Galatia to expose the danger of legalism—works-based righteousness. His message also confronts Jewish-background believers for adding rule-keeping to the gospel message, which declares that “the just shall live by faith” (3:11). He teaches that those who have put their faith in Christ have been rescued from the present evil age (1:4), which includes trust in any works-based righteousness.

Perverted Gospel

Rule-keeping exalts human effort and denies the need for grace, “For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe” (Gal. 3:21-22).

Questions from today’s chronological Bible reading (Acts 14:21-28; Galatians 1:1-3:23):
Describe how Paul’s pre-conversion experience prepared him for the ministry to which God called him.
What was Peter doing that necessitated Paul’s rebuke?
What does Paul teach about Abraham’s salvation? About performance-based righteousness?