One of the lowest points in my teenage years was the year KFC decided to sell Pepsi instead of Coca-Cola.
Up until this point KFC was right up there with Hungry Jacks (McDonalds hadn’t opened in our little town back then!) as a viable option for a hungry teenager to waste his hard earned pamphlet money on.
That sparkly black magic was the perfect accompaniment to wash down the juicy bacon burger and those tasty salty chips. It was the perfect meal for any teenager, as it lacked any real nutrition and cost way more than we could actually afford!
But the year KFC decided to exchange the ‘real thing’ for the ‘fake thing’ is the same year I decided to find another franchise to waste my money on, as Pepsi could never deliver what I truly needed!
When it comes to our relationship with God there is also the ‘real thing’ and the ‘fake thing’. Paul was shocked that the church in Galatia had abandoned the ‘real thing’ and returned to their own ‘Pepsi Gospel’:
‘I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – which is really no gospel at all’ – Galatians 1:6-7
The gospel the Galatians returned to was one that demanded a strict adherence to the law to be accepted by God. The grace of God had to be ‘propped up’ by adding a few ‘good works’ into the mix to make them feel they had achieved something, making grace a little more palatable.
But Paul was very clear. This was a Pepsi Gospel and could never achieve the very thing they sought after:
‘A person is not justified by the works of the law’ (2:16a)
Instead, Paul reminded them of the real thing; and that it was only faith in what Jesus had done that could restore them to God:
‘[A person is only justified] by faith in Jesus Christ… because by the works of the law no one will be justified’ (2:16)
Unlike others, Paul would never compromise and sell out for a Pepsi Gospel:
“I do not set aside the grace of God!” (2:21)
Never cast aside the grace of God for a Pepsi gospel, but be refreshed as you drink the real thing!
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