Contributed on Feb 8, 2018
To Paul, the gospel was a miracle he had experienced. The gospel is “the power of God to salvation,” and it brings freedom. Christ died “that He might deliver us.” When Paul trusted Christ, the shackles of sin and legalistic religion were broken!
August 10, 2013 The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians Tom Lowe I. Introduction (1:1-10) Chapter I.A Salutation (1:1-5) Galatians 1.1-5 (KJV) 1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) 2 ...read more
Contributed on Feb 15, 2018
The Judaizers, who were a legalistic Jewish party, tried to combine Christ’s message of salvation within the context of the Mosaic Law. Immature Christians believed their distorted teachings, which demanded more than justification by faith alone.
August 17, 2013 The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians Tom Lowe I. Introduction (1:1-10) Chapter I.B Denunciation (1:6-10) Galatians 1.6-10 (KJV) 6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not ...read more
Contributed on Mar 1, 2018
The message for his readers is that the Gospel he preaches was given to him by Jesus Christ; there is not a spark of human creativity in it, or the slightest touch of human cunning. It is not of, by, or from man. It is not according to man. . .
August 25, 2013 The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians Tom Lowe Chapter II.A Received by Revelation (1:11-12) Galatians 1.11-12 (KJV) 11 But I certify you, brethren, that the Gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12 For I neither received it of man, neither ...read more
Contributed on Mar 17, 2018
Paul was well known even before his conversion; but it was not for any good thing he had done. He was known to be zealous for the Jewish faith, for which he persecuted Christians, but a meeting with Jesus changed his life.
August 31, 2013 The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians Tom Lowe Lesson: Demonstrated by Paul’s Conversion and Early Years as a Christian (1:13-17) Galatians 1.13-17 (KJV) 13For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I ...read more
Contributed on Mar 31, 2018
The church at Jerusalem did not immediately admit Paul to their fellowship, because they were afraid of him and thought he was not a disciple, until Barnabas took him to Peter and James, and related his conversion and his boldness in preaching the Gospel
September 1, 2013 The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians Tom Lowe Chapter II.B.2 Demonstrated by Paul’s First Post-Conversion Visit to Jerusalem (1:18-24) Galatians 1.18-24 (KJV) 18Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen ...read more
Contributed on Apr 19, 2018
The Galatians were following the false teachers who were Judaizers, because they thought it was necessary for those who aspired to higher perfection to observe the Law of Moses in addition to Christian faith and doctrine.
September 11, 2013 The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians Tom Lowe II. Personal: Defense of Paul’s Apostleship (1:11–2:21) II.B: Independent of Jerusalem Apostles (1:13-2.21) II.B.3: Confirmed by the Jerusalem Apostles (2.1-10) Chapter II.B.3.a: The Treatment of ...read more
Contributed on May 3, 2018
It looks as if they may have chastised the apostle for being a persecutor of the church before his conversion, when nothing of that nature could be said of the Twelve and therefore he was not to be considered on a level with them.
September 21, 2013 The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians Tom Lowe Chapter II.B.3.b: The Approval of Paul (2.6-10) Galatians 2.6-10 (KJV) 6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they ...read more
Contributed on May 17, 2018
When Paul visited Jerusalem, Peter (and others) gave him the “right hand of fellowship”; but when Peter visited Antioch, Paul “opposed him to his face.” Peter’s conduct in Antioch produced a tense face-to-face confrontation between two Christian leaders.
September 21, 2013 The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians Tom Lowe Chapter II.B.4.a: Peter’s Hypocrisy (2.11-13) Galatians 2.11-13 (KJV) 11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. 12 For before that certain came ...read more
Contributed on May 31, 2018
Simon Peter turned from the freedom he had in Christ back to Judaism again.
September 28, 2013 The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians Tom Lowe Chapter II.B.4.b: Paul’s Rebuke (2.14) Galatians 2.14 (KJV) 14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, “If you, being a Jew, live in ...read more
Contributed on Jun 14, 2018
“How should man be just with God?” was a very important question, because the answer had eternal consequences. “The just shall live by His faith” is God’s answer; and it was this truth that has liberated so many from religious bondage and fear.
September 29, 2013 The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians Tom Lowe Chapter II.B.4.c: The Principle Involved (2.15-21) Galatians 2.15-21 (KJV) 15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, ...read more