Summary: In our lives, will we praise the Lord because of what He’s accomplished? This is Paul’s urging to all of us: to live in a way that honors God. When we do, God gets the praise and not us … because it’s not about us.

Has the Gospel changed our lives?

Galatians, Part 2

Galatians 1:11-24

- Re: The purpose of the letter

1. To teach

2. To correct

3. To point us to Jesus

- Paul expressed clearly in last week’s study that there is only one Gospel

-- APP: There is only one source of good news; only one that changes lives

-- There is no one else that gives or brings news like this … but Jesus

- It is critical that in the study of the letter that we understand that

- This letter was given to churches in Galatia who were at best, young

-- They were new in the faith ... having just been planted … but had issues

- The teaching that Paul is doing here is challenging them to change

-- They had fallen under the spell of a false doctrine, and were being warned

-- The Gospel literally means good news, but not if it's not from God

- Read Galatians 1:11-24

- Pray

∆ Point 1 - The Gospel is not a man-made thing

- Paul’s testimony to who has given him the word to preach is critical

-- He comes in the name and authority of Christ, to preach and change lives

-- This preaching is not something he desires (not human origin - v11)

- No one could ever accomplish or feel total joy in “preaching repentance”

-- It is in this simple truth that we see ourselves and who we are

-- We are not made for confessing our faults … this is the rebellion in us

- Consider Adam in the garden ... He ran and hid when God sought him out

-- APP: This realization of who we are is critical in understanding Paul's teaching

- The word that Paul preaches has one primary source

-- It has been revealed by the Spirit, given because of Christ (v12)

- It is not something that obtained in school

-- It is not something that man gave him because he had done good things

-- It is also not given b/c he wanted to be a “gospel preacher”

- It was revealed to him because of God’s infinite plan to call us to Himself

-- APP: The same is true with us today; God's word is given to call us

- Paul was educated well beyond the scribes of his time, even the teachers (v14)

-- His knowledge of Jewish law far surpassed many of those in the temple

-- This is why his previous rejection of the Messiah was so firm; without a doubt

- Why? He expected to see the Messiah in a certain form, doing certain things

-- There was an expectation that God would come only one way, and he missed it

-- What he missed was learning that God does not conform to “our way”

- Example: As a teacher of the Law, he completely missed Isaiah 55:8, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.”

- What God does is call us to conform to His ways, by revealing His Grace

-- V15: IMP: God was pleased to reveal to Paul the true Messiah, Jesus

-- By setting Paul apart; he was already destined to preach God’s word to us

-- It is here that we see his true heart: he’d rather please God than man

- This is why his testimony on the road to Damascus is so critical

-- Acts 9 records the conversion of Paul, and this is the fruit of it

-- Acts 9:5, “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.”

- IMP: From the very beginning Paul confessed Jesus as Lord

-- When we reveal the truth of Christ to others it is in the same manner

- TRANS: But in order to get to the truth, there is road we must travel

∆ Point 2 – Paul’s Testimony

- Paul presents for them the second proof of how the Gospel is true

-- His argument is, “The gospel changes lives … let me tell you how”

- In essence, he tells them, “Look at what God has done to me!” (v13)

-- Not only did he persecute, but his advancement in Judaism was well known

-- Keep in mind, Paul would have been called “Rabbi Saul” by others around him

- But, when God’s grace came into his life, all of that was changed forever

-- And even more than that, his mission IS NOT based on what he previously knew

- His mission, and all that he preaches, was based on revelation (v16)

-- APP: This trump card stumps even the most ardent spectators of the faith

- His calling to an apostolic office was because He heard directly from God

Copy Sermon to Clipboard with PRO Download Sermon with PRO
Browse All Media

Related Media

Talk about it...

Nobody has commented yet. Be the first!

Join the discussion