Summary: So many of us pervert the simple gospel of salvation by faith alone. Pauls describes the "True Gospel" in Galatians 3. (Continues the 3:16 series.
I. Our base verse this week is found in Galatians 3:16.
A. 16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, And to your seed,” that is, Christ
B. The motivation for the writing of these words does not seem to be unusual concerning churches in the 1st Century.
1. The Galatians, as is no different from every Christian before and after them had been made recipients of God’s blessing based on their faith in Jesus Christ.
2. And just like many churches before and after them, faith in Christ was being added to by those professing salvation through works of the flesh.
II. To this day, some well meaning churches, will on occasion make “works” some sort of test for a true believer.
A. “I know they are a Christian because....” or
B. “If you want to see heaven you must....”
C. I have even had occasion at funeral services to hear something along the lines of, “We know they are with God in heaven; because...”
III. The true gospel is that “We are saved by faith and faith alone.”
IV. A perversion of the gospel often includes,
A. “We are saved by faith but you also must..” or
B. “You are saved by faith in Christ, but if you want to keep your salvation you must.”
V. The Galatians were saved by faith,
A. But somehow they were being tempted to add to faith, adherence to the law.
B. The Galatians were abandoning the true gospel for a perversion.
VI. For Paul, the very idea that anything other than faith in Jesus Christ could secure salvation, or maintain salvation was a simply foolish concept. Listen as I read Galatians chapter 3, beginning with verse one, -
A. “You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publically portrayed as crucified? 2 This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfect by the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain – if indeed it was in vain? 5 Does He then, who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?”
B. In other words, how could you start out so right, and yet be so easily led into a lie?
C. Have you really forgotten what the true gospel is?
D. Just in case, let me remind you.
VII. In Galatians chapter three, Paul makes three assertions as to the content of the true gospel.
A. One - Righteousness is credited to us, just as it was to Father Abraham, through faith in God. (verses 6-9)
B. Two - Righteousness is credited to us, based on the unbreakable promise of God himself. (Verses 15-18)
C. Three - Righteousness; once credited to us makes us heirs with Abraham. (Verses 23-29)
Righteousness is Credited By Faith (vs. 6-9)
6 Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.
7 Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.
8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the nations shall be blessed in you.”