When Paul wrote to the church in Galatia, he used some harsh words. Someone had been teaching another so-called gospel, which was not the gospel. The implication is that there is only one gospel. Once the gospel is robbed of its essential qualities, it ceases to be the gospel. Some people take away from the gospel; some people add to the gospel. Paul actually wrote that if anyone, including an angel from heaven, tried to teach another gospel, that one should be accursed…or to put it bluntly—damned! Wow, this must be serious. Serious indeed. The consequences are serious because they are eternal. The specific element of the gospel that Paul was dealing with had to do with justification. How does a person become right with God? Is it by works or by faith? Strictly speaking, salvation is by faith, BUT, it is not without works; it is simply not dependent upon works. It is unbiblical to separate faith and works (see the book of James). But, the gospel is bigger than justification. In fact, when Jesus preached, He taught about the gospel of the kingdom. He was proclaiming something much larger than “what to do with the sin problem.” He was announcing a life—life with God in a God-inhabited world. When Paul spent three months in Ephesus teaching about the kingdom of God, you can be sure he was talking about more than justification. Getting the gospel right means understanding where justification fits in kingdom theology; they are inseparably connected as we’ll see on Sunday as we meet around the Table of Remembrance.