The Good News can be summed up in one word: Grace!
In the first century, the congregations in Galatia who had once accepted the Good News were being subverted into accepting a counterfeit form of ‘Good News’ that involved conditional grace based on adherence to law and works. The counterfeit came from human-appointed authorities who framed their arguments in a very convincing manner. In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul helped alert them to the danger they were in. They were losing their Christian Freedom. By adhering to law, by striving to be righteous by means of works, they were falling away from Grace!
Centuries later, Martin Luther followed a form of ‘Good News’ that he was taught from birth. But no matter how much he adhered to Bible law, as he understood it, no matter how many works he performed, it brought him no relief. He was filled with guilt and fear at not being able to measure up.
Then one day he was mediating on Romans 1:17 which says, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.” It was then that he understood the Good News, as well as the relief and comfort the real Good News brings.
Later, Martin Luther wrote a verse by verse commentary on the book of Galatians, through which he detailed the Good News according to Scripture, that is one of Grace and faith, not law and works, about a direct relationship with God through Christ rather than human mediators and hierarchy and organizations. The truths in this commentary are timeless, for they are not original to this commentary, but come directly from Scripture itself. By considering it, we too can come to know the scope of God’s Grace that he extends through Jesus Christ.