GALATIANS 1

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Galatians 1:1-5

GODíS WELFARE SYSTEM

 

In the introductory verses to the Book of Galatians we see that God is concerned about the welfare of His own and that He will act in their behalf

 

GODíS CALL ON A LIFE Ė Vs. 1

Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)

Paul was an Apostle because of the call of God in His life.God has a plan for, that is, a call on your life as well. Ephesians 2:10

 

GODíS COMPASSION ON THE CHURCH Ė Vs. 3

Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

GODíS CARE FOR SOULS Ė Vss. 4-5

Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: [5] To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

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Galatians 1:1-5

BORN FREE!

(An introduction to the Book of Galatians. I am not starting a series on Galatians, but thought you might need an introduction to the Book some day.)

 

Imagine being in a prison. You are in a cell with your hands cuffed, and your feet in shackles. Hour by hour, day by day, month by month, year by year you wallow in bondage.Then one day someone comes in and knocks out the guards, removes the cuffs and shackles, and opens all the doors to the prison and says, "You're free! Leave this place!"

 

Imagine after a period of time you are walking by that old prison. A guard calls out, "Why not come back in and visit us again?We'll give you a NEW cell with NEW handcuffs, NEW shackles, and even NEW guards!" You're reaction, like mine, would be, "No way! I don't want to go back to that old stinking jail! I like my freedom and I'm keeping it!"

 

This seems to be a pretty ridiculous story, doesn't it?And yet every day there are those among us who have been set free by Jesus Christ, who fall back into old bad habits and old bondage. We also entangle ourselves in new bad habits and new bondage.The sad thing about it is we don't need to go back into bondage once we have born into the family of God. We have been born free!

 

Read John 8:31-32, 36, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Ephesians 2:1-6, Romans 6:14. In spite of these great verses, there are times when we find ourselves right back into bondage. We find ourselves saying with Paul in Romans 7:19, "For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do."

 

The Epistle of Paul to the Galatians was written to a group of people who were listening to the wrong teachers, and were putting themselves right back into bondage. The particular form of bondage was adding law keeping to or works as an additional part of the plan of salvation. They were being taught that grace plus works equals salvation.

 

In the fifth chapter of this book, Paul addresses another form of bondage. It is bondage to the flesh, our old selves drawing us back into habits and lusts that make us captive to Satan. We fall into bondage to the very things for which Christ died to set us free.

 

Because we are only sinners saved by grace we sin on occasion. When we do this, we have forgiveness and restoration to fellowship with God as we confess our sins (1 John 1:9).The trouble is, so many of us never experience all the victory that God wants us to have! Therefore our testimonies suffer and our productivity for the Lord suffers as well.

 

If you have been born into the Family of God you are now a child of God (John 1:12). God has given you his Holy Spirit to indwell you. You have been born free of the penalty of sin. With the Holy Spirit's help you can be free from the power of sin. And in the future you will be free from the presence of sin. You have been born free!

 

The Book of Galatians deals with the problem of adding works and law keeping to salvation. The Book of Galatians shows us how to be free from the habits to which we find ourselves in bondage. This book can also teach us other valuable lessons concerning Christian doctrine and practical Christian living.

 

Galatians 1:1-5 introduces the Book of Galatians.

 

THE MAN - Vs. 1

Many of the books of the New Testament are epistles, or letters.In New Testament days one did not wait until the end to let someone know the identity of the writer. It was placed at the beginning in a greeting or salutation. The man who wrote this letter simply begins with his name, Paul.

 

When God chose people to write the various parts of the Bible, He always chose the appropriate person to write. God would use a writer's personality, background and circumstances as channels for the very words that He wanted said. 2 Peter 2:21

 

Paul was certainly the one who knew about being in bondage to the law. Paul certainly knew what it was to be set free from the works of law keeping. Philippians 3:1-8

 

THE MINISTRY - Vs. 1

Paul was an Apostle. An apostle was "one sent". He was an appointed ambassador, a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father.He was a witness of the resurrection of Christ from the dead. God chose him for this ministry. Acts 9:15-16

 

THE MISSION - Vs. 2

Paul's mission or writing was to the churches in Galatia. The churches of Galatia were located in the Roman province of Galatia. Paul and Barnabas started several churches on their first missionary journey. You may read about these churches in Acts 13-14

 

Paul's mission was to strengthen these particular churches who were often plagued by false teachers who followed Paul around trying to add the doctrines of Old Testament Law to his teachings.

 

THE MESSAGE - Vss. 3-4

Paul shared his customary greeting or message of "grace and peace" from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

THE MOTIVE - Vs. 5

Paul's motive for writing this epistle and for everything else that he did was to bring glory to God and to his Lord and Savior.

 

 

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Galatians 1:6-10

THE PERIL OF WRONG INFORMATION

 

We have all been the victims of wrong information. We have been given wrong information about the character of people that was nothing more than gossip. We have been given wrong information concerning arrival times of busses, cars, and planes. We have been given wrong information concerning the government. We have been given wrong information about peoples intentions. Sometimes people tell you what they want you to believe, not the truth.

 

There is another kind of wrong information going around today that is even more dangerous than the types of wrong information that I have already shared. It is wrong information which, if believed, leads to eternal destruction.

 

After a brief introduction in Galatians 1, Paul gets right to the point.The Galatians were victims of wrong information.There are cults and churches that claim to be Christian that are giving out wrong information. They are teaching other ways to Heaven, other than by grace through faith.The peril of such false teaching, no matter how sincere, is that such teaching will damn souls for all eternity instead of giving them eternal life.

 

AMAZING DESERTION - Vs. 5

 

Paul was astounded that so soon after embracing Christ as Savior they were already being swayed by false teachers.The Galatians were gullible.The best weapon a false teacher has is Christians who are ignorant of God's Word.

 

They were removed, or had deserted God by leaving the grace of Christ behind.The Gospel of Grace is summed up in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.Christ died for our sins. He was buried and rose again.A person receives this grace through faith in Christ.

 

APOSTASY DENOUNCED - Vss. 6-9

 

Someone has said (I don't know who.) that apostasy is a "falling away or defection from the faith."

 

Paul said in verse 6 that the Galatians were turning to "another Gospel".This other Gospel was another opinion.But as verse 7a says, the other Gospel was not another Gospel.It was not the Gospel at all.False teachers trouble the church and pervert the truth.

 

In verses 8-9 Paul pronounces a curse (anathema) on anyone who preaches a false Gospel.

Why is Paul so adamant?

There is only one way to Heaven (John 14:6).

There is only one Gospel (Vs. 6).

There is only one sacrifice for sin, paid for by Jesus (Hebrews 10:14).

 

ALLEGIANCE DECLARED - Vs. 10

 

When it came to accurate presentation of the Gospel, Paul would either please man or God.He could not please both (1 Corinthians 1:21-29). Paul declares his allegiance to God by choosing to be a servant of Christ and preaching the true Gospel.

 

 

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Galatians 1:11-24

FIRST STEPS

 

When our children were small we rejoiced in the development of their abilities. We were happy when they could eat cereal, then baby food and then table food. We rejoiced when they smiled, then laughed, and then started saying those first words. We watched as they rolled over, then crawled, then pulled them up to stand next to the couch. But probably the greatest day of all was when they took those "first steps" all by themselves.

 

First steps are almost always exciting. When a person takes those first steps walking, or riding a bicycle, or learning to read, or learning a new a job, we are happy in the progress which is made. When a person is saved, or born-again, there are also first steps that need to take place. If a person is truly born again these steps will take place, and most of these steps will be repeated all through the Christian Life. It's just like walking!

 

In the Book of Galatians Paul is writing to a group of churches that he founded in what is modern day Turkey. Paul was writing because of the false teachers, called Judaizers, who had followed Paul into the area.They taught that to be saved a person had to keep Old Testament Law as well as believe in Christ. They also discredited Paul, claiming that he was not truly an Apostle of Christ.

 

In this passage Paul gives a defense of his Apostleship. He tells about the first steps that he made in his walk as a believer. We should have imitated these first steps, and should continue to imitate them.

 

CHRIST REVEALED AND RECEIVED - Vss. 11-12

The Gospel that Paul preached did not come from other teachers. It came from God.

He received it by revelation from God beginning on the road to Damascus. See Acts 9:1-22

The Gospel that Paul preached and the Gospel that we believe came from God, not man. See John 3:16 and 1 Peter 1:18-21

An important thing to note is that Paul had to receive Christ in order to be saved.

God, through the work of the Holy Spirit and the preaching of the Word of God will reveal the message of salvation, but each individual must receive Christ in order to be saved. John 3:36, Ephesians 2:8-9.

 

THE PAST RENOUNCED - Vss. 13-14

A change took place when Paul was saved. He let the past behind. He left the Jew's religion in favor of Christianity. He stopped persecuting Christians, profiting in the Jew's religion, and being zealous for the traditions of his fathers. See Philippians 3:1-9.

 

According to 2 Corinthians 5:17, a change takes place if we are truly saved. We will want to leave the past behind, and things which never bothered us before like foul language, lying, or immorality, will start to bother us.

 

THE MIND REPROGRAMMED OR RENEWED - Vss. 13-17

Paul was isolated from man and placed in God's Bible School. He had his mind renewed. His thinking was changed.Paul would have had the Old Testament Scriptures as his text.

 

Today we need our mind renewed by God's Word. Romans 12:1-2, 1 Peter 2:1-3, 2 Timothy 2:15, Joshua 1:8

 

BELIEVERS REJOICED - Vss. 18-24

Finally Paul did go to Jerusalem.

Churches had heard that the one who once persecuted Christians now preached the Gospel.

The change in us should be so dramatic that it will cause other Christians to rejoice.

 

 

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Galatians 1:12-24

PAUL: AN EXAMPLE OF GOD'S GRACE

 

PAUL'S SOURCE OF AUTHORITY - Vss. 11-12

PAUL'S SINS OF THE PAST - Vss. 13-14

PAUL'S SALVATION FROM GOD - Vss. 15-16

PAUL'S STUDY UNDER GOD - Vss. 16-17

PAUL'S STORY FOR OTHERS - Vss. 18-24

Told in Jerusalem - Vss. 18-20

Told in Syria and Cilicia - Vs. 21

Told in Judea - Vss. 22-24

 

 

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Galatians 1:13-16 etc.

FOR REAL!

 

Most of us do not care for people that are "phonies", who pretend to be what they are not, and pretend to be more important than they actually are. We usually do not care for hypocrisy in any form.

 

Our Lord Jesus hated hypocrisy. One day, toward the end of His ministry, he warned against the scribes, a group of religious leaders, who were very hypocritical. Mark 12:38-40

 

God wants us to be "for real"! He does not want us to be phony or hypocritical.

He wants our Christian walk and talk to be genuine. Our problem is that we are human.

No one is perfect, and consequently there will be some inconsistencies in us all.

 

There are ways for us to be "for real" before God, the church, our families, and unbelievers.

There are principles found in God's word that will help us be genuine or "for real". The Apostle Paul demonstrates and/or teaches us several of these principles in the Book of Galatians.

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF CHANGE 1:13-16, 22-24

Paul was very religious before his salvation experience. Vss. 13-14

However, when Paul was truly converted, there was a definite change that took place in his life.

He became a preacher to the heathen, or gentile. Vss. 15-16

Instead of persecuting the faith, he became a preacher of the faith. Vss. 22-24

Nobody can be "for real" unless they truly come to Christ and become changed by Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Change for the Christian did not only happen at salvation by should be a continued process. 2 Peter 3:18, 2 Peter 1:5-9

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF COURAGE - 2:11-14

If we are going to be "for real" we need to have the courage to stand for what is right.

When the Apostle Peter visited Antioch he ate with the Gentiles. Vs. 12a

Then when certain men came who were "of the circumcision", he became afraid of their opinion and separated himself from the Gentiles at mealtime. Vs. 12

Paul had the courage to stand for what is right and to point out Peter's hypocrisy. Vs. 14

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF CRUCIFIXION - 2:20

A Christian who is "for real" recognizes his own death.

Paul said, "I am crucified with Christ."

Christ was my substitute on the cross.

Christ bore my punishment on the cross.

Christ took my place.

Therefore, when Christ died, I died. I am crucified with Christ.

 

This makes me dead to the control of sin in my life, dead to the domination of sin in my life, and dead to any obligation to sin.

 

Although I have been crucified with Christ I am very much alive.

I am alive because Christ is living in me. And Christ, who has given me eternal life, wants to live His life through me. Christ lives his life through me when I recognize that I am dead to sin and by faith trust Christ to live through me. See Romans 6:1-14

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF CONTROL - 5:16, 22-23

As I yield to Christ by faith, He through the Holy Spirit will have control of my life.

Walking the Spirit keeps me from fulfilling the lust of the flesh. It also produces the Fruit of the Spirit.

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF COMPASSION - 6:2

When I have compassion I will bear the burdens of others, especially helping them with areas of failure. 6:1-2

The supreme law of Christ is to "love one another". John 13:14-15

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF CONSISTENCY - 6:9

We are to keep on doing well and not get weary.

If we are consistent, we will reap the benefits of that consistency.

 

 

 

 

 

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