June 10, 2012
We’re going to start a study through the book of Galatians. I’ve been studying through it and I want to share some of the main verses with you:
1:8—the preachers of the false gospel are accursed.
2:4, 16, 21—false brethren try to bring us into bondage, but we have freedom because of faith according to grace.
3:1-5, 21—the Galatians were foolish to think they could start by faith but then proceed by works because the law cannot give life.
4:9-11, 30-31—the Galatians are known by God according to the promise in Christ.
5:1-6—If we’re in Christ Jesus then we don’t need anything else to secure justification.
6:13-16—what matters is not whether a man is circumcised or not but that he is a new creature!
In brief, the Galatians wanted to add to their justification by doing something from the Law, but Paul reminded them that those old things only point to Christ and condemn men.
The gospel is plain and simple, and he outlines it in the first few verses:
A simple outline of the gospel (:1-5)
Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
No man called Paul. No council got together and told him what to say. No one commissioned him to go on their behalf. God Himself appointed Paul to go and preach and to teach the truth.
2And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: 3Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 4Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: 5To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Christ’s death delivers us from this present evil and it’s according to the will of God. He gets the glory and not us because we do nothing to earn it. That’s the simple gospel.
But some people want to take away from God’s glory:
The preachers of the false gospels are doomed (:6-9)
6I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Paul hears about how they want to be in bondage to the law and he can’t believe how little time it took. Didn’t God call? Isn’t it by grace? But they’ve found something else:
7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Someone has come in and lied to you. They’ve given you fool’s gold so that you can’t tell which is true.
8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
It doesn’t matter if an angel shines light from heaven—if he preaches anything other than the original gospel he is accursed!
Paul’s Gospel to the Galatians (:10-24)
10For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
You can’t serve and please both…
11But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
This gospel isn’t from a man or an angel from heaven. This comes directly from Jesus Christ. Also, it isn’t learned from hard study but rather through revelation.
13For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
I didn’t love the church associated with this gospel. Actually I hated it!
14And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
He already had a religion and he had studied God with more zeal than anyone else.
15But when it pleased God,
And not one second before or after…
who separated me from my mother’s womb,
God always planned to convert him…
and called me by his grace,
Not by his zeal or hard work
16To reveal his Son in me,
It’s interesting that it doesn’t say “to me.”
that I might preach him among the heathen;
He was separated, called, and saved for this purpose. He, a zealous Jew, would preach salvation to the heathen!
immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
I didn’t ask anyone to teach me anything.