6 I am amazed how quickly you are deserting the One who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel -Galatians 1:6 BSB
Paul was awestruck by how the believers in the church of Galatia were so quickly deserting the truth for a lie. Here, the different gospel, which is a false gospel, had to do with salvation, as indicated with the phrase “the grace of Christ.”
“Grace” has to do with God’s act of kindness toward men, which we never merited, deserved, or can even achieve apart from the work of the Holy Spirit and the gift of God. Christ paid the debt of sin by shedding His blood on the cross. Salvation is a gift, something we cannot obtain through our efforts. The Galatians were drifting speedily from the grace that God provided through Christ, putting them in a dangerous position.
5 to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. -Galatians 1:5 BSB
The phrase “to whom be glory forever and ever” refers to the Godhead in verses 3 & 4—God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The reason that God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ deserve all the glory is because of His sacrificial display of love for all the sinners. It was demonstrated by Jesus’ death and resurrection, who died on our behalf to give us a chance to get saved and escape the torments of Hell.
The word “Amen” in verse 5, when used at the end of a sentence, means “so let it be.” Strong’s Gr.#281
38 As they traveled along, Jesus entered a village where a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to His message. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations to be made. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord replied, “you are worried and upset about many things. 42 But only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her.” -Luke 10:38-42 BSB
Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus (whom Jesus raised from the dead John 11), lived in Bethany, and they welcomed Jesus to their home to refresh Him from His journey with something to eat. When Jesus started to teach, Martha’s sister Mary decided to listen to Jesus over helping her sister with the preparations. Jesus’ words truly captured her attention, and she desired to hear from God’s Word, which trumped everything else.
Martha complained to Jesus that her sister had left her alone with the tasks. Martha was so worried about the things she had to do that she didn’t realize that God in human flesh was teaching His Word. Instead of hearing Jesus’ message to learn and feed her spirit (Matthew 4:4), she ended up missing out on hearing from the Lord to grow spiritually.
Jesus responded to Martha that her sister chose what’s more important and He wasn’t going to take that away from her.
Jesus is telling us that reading God’s Word is much more important than our daily tasks, no matter what it is. Whoever desires to know more about Jesus through the reading of God’s Word—God will give them that desire so that they may be able to read it without being difficult to do so. When you read the Bible, how much time do you spend in it? Remember, spending time reading the Scriptures is spending time with Jesus Christ.
Are you like Mary or like Martha? What’s more important to you?