verses for this week: 2
Pet 2:9 The Lord
knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve
the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
We begin a new series this
week on the book of Galatians.
There is no doubt that the author of this book is Paul as it
says in the first verse.
My believers study bible says that even people who argue the
authorship of other books agree that this one was clearly written by
Paul, and was probably written in AD: 48 or 49 after Paulís first
Epistle to the Galatians is the work of the apostle Paul, as
indicated in 1:1. This is the unanimous view of the early church,
and even the most avid of the destructive critics, who deny the
traditional authorship of other New Testament books, affirm that
Galatians is genuinely Pauline.
The problem in dating Galatians centers around the
relationship of the letter to the Jerusalem Conference (c. a.d.
49Ė50), since both were concerned with the question of
circumcision and Gentile salvation. Since Paul does not mention the
decision of the Conference, some feel that Galatians must have been
written in a.d.
48Ė49, after the first missionary journey and just prior to the
Conference. The major difficulty with that date is that it leaves
very little time for the events discussed to transpire. Others date
the letter a.d.
55Ė57, several years after the Jerusalem Conference. This is based
on the presupposition that Galatians 2:1Ė10 is a reference to the
Jerusalem Conference (Acts 15). This view assumes that Paul does not
mention the apostlesí decision on circumcision because he is
arguing that his doctrine is from God, not from men
1:1 Paul, an apostle,
(not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the
Father, who raised him from the dead;)
of the Jews insinuated that Paul was not an apostle and could not
stand on an equal basis with the other Apostles.
Their contention was that he was not one of the twelve, and
was not commissioned by them, which was true.
But God had given Paul his apostleship.
His revelation of Jesus Christ was virtually miraculous as it
was given by a divine miracle.
Paul was chosen to be an apostle by God, not by man.
the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto
me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children
Acts 1:15 And in those
days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said,
(the number of names together were about an hundred and
twenty,) 16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been
fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before
concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17 For he
was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. 18 Now
this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling
headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed
out. 19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem;
insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama,
that is to say, The field of blood. 20 For it is written in the book
of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell
therein: and his bishoprick let another take.
21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all
the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 Beginning
from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up
from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his
resurrection. 23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who
was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed, and said,
Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of
these two thou hast chosen, 25 That he may take part of this
ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell,
that he might go to his own place. 26 And they gave forth their
lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the
Paul vehemently denies that his apostleship is due to human
agencyóhe was not commissioned an apostle by any group (not
of men) nor by any mortal individual (neither
by man), but by Jesus
Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead: Unlike
the other apostles, Paul received his call from the resurrected,
glorified, and exalted Jesus. This special reference to the Lordís
resurrection implicitly confirms Paulís appointment as an apostle.
verse 1, Paul states that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
The preaching that Paul did on the resurrection was one of
the things that caused him much trouble.
Then said Paul, I stand at Caesarís judgment seat, where I
ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very
well knowest. 11 For if I be an offender, or have committed any
thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of
these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto
them. I appeal unto Caesar. 12 Then Festus, when he had conferred
with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto
Caesar shalt thou go.
13 And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came unto Caesarea
to salute Festus. 14 And when they had been there many days, Festus
declared Paulís cause unto the king, saying, There is a certain
man left in bonds by Felix: 15 About whom, when I was at Jerusalem,
the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me, desiring
to have judgment against him. 16 To whom I answered,
It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die,
before that he which is accused have the accusers face to face, and
have licence to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against
him. 17 Therefore, when they were come hither, without any delay on
the morrow I sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be
brought forth. 18 Against whom when the accusers stood up, they
brought none accusation of such things as I supposed: 19 But had
certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one
Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.
Acts 26:6 And now I
stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our
fathers: 7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving
God day and night, hope to come. For which hopeís sake, king
Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that
God should raise the dead?
And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of
letter was written to the local new testament churches in Galatia.
Always remember that the family of God is made up of all the
saved in all the world, but the church is just made up of saved,
baptized believers. And
they are in a local assembly, not some universal, invisible body.
Gal 1:3 Grace be to you
and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Grace is the
keyword of this verse. We
are justified by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Without the grace of God, no man could be saved.
Romans 5:1 Therefore
being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord
John 1:17 For the
law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:8 For by
grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Titus 2:11 For the
grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from
this present evil world, according to the will of God and our
1:5 To whom be glory
for ever and ever. Amen.
and paid the sin debt there on Calvary.
By doing this, he delivered us from this evil world.
Praise God for the love God had for us.
Many cry out and ask for justice, but what we need is the
mercy of God, not justice. If
we got what we deserved, weíd all spend eternity in the lake of
fire for turning against a Holy and all-righteous God.
Christ saved us according to Godís Will.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no
sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ
also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he
might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but
quickened by the Spirit:
1 Peter 2:24 Who his own
self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead
to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were
healed. 25 For ye were
as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and
Bishop of your souls.
True Gospel of Christ
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you
into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and
would pervert the gospel of Christ.
was upset that false teachers had come and many had fallen away from
the true gospel to another gospel.
And as he says in verse 7, it is not another gospel.
There is only one true gospel, and that is salvation by grace
through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Following the laws and commandments will not get us into
heaven, nor will many wonderful works.
Salvation always has been a gift of God, and all that come
will come Godís way.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is
the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the
Jew first, and also to the Greek.
1 Corinthians 1:17 For
Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with
wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none
1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel
which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein
ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I
preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also
received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the
scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the
third day according to the scriptures:
gospel is not difficult nor hard to understand. It is the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ according
to the scriptures. Iím
sure youíve heard the accounts of Christís life, Matthew, Mark,
Luke, and John called the four gospels.
These are four accounts of the gospel, not four different
gospels. The Judiaziers
there in Galatia had troubled the church and were guilty of
perverting the gospel of Christ.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other
gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him
As 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
find that Paul is saying that no one, not even an angel has the
authority to preach another gospel.
God set the gospel, and that is the one and only one that is
to be preached. Paul didnít say to pat them on the back and say ďWe love
you in the Lord brother.Ē He
say if any man preach another gospel, let him be accursed.
Not the message of tolerance that we are told that everyone
should have for everyone, no matter what their sin is today.
For 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
But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was
preached of me is not after man.
was not a man trying to win a popularity contest.
He spoke with truth and directness.
The man who will stand for the truth will never be popular.
Godís Word divides, and it sometimes hurts when it goes
against what we want or believe.
Paul was seeking to please God with his life, and that should
be the goal of every Christian.
Paul said if he pleased men, he would not be the servant of
Gal 1:12 For I neither
received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation
of Jesus Christ.
that the gospel that he preached was not after man, but had been
given to him by a special revelation of Jesus Christ..
Paul did not go to a theological seminary and learn this
gospel. His came
directly from God. Today,
only by study can we understand the Word of God.
Paulís Apostolic Genealogy
For 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:
And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in
mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of
gives his life before becoming a Christian.
And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the
witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name
And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time
there was a great persecution against the church which was at
Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions
of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great
lamentation over him.
As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into
every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter
against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues,
that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he
might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things
contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints
did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief
priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against
And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled
them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I
persecuted them even unto strange cities.
Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission
from the chief priests,
But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's
womb, and called me by his grace,
To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the
heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
have the record of Paulís physical birth, his spiritual birth, and
his call into the ministry in verses 15 and 16.
Gal 1:17 Neither went I
up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went
into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter,
and abode with him fifteen days.
But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's
much world learning, but it did not prepare him to be a capable
theologian. It was God
giving him that special revelation while he was in Arabia.
Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I
Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;
And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which
were in Christ:
But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times
past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.
Gal 1:24 And they
glorified God in me.
Paul made an
oath to lie not. We are
commanded to always tell the truth.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father
ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in
the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie,
he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
The churches there in Judea
were established by others, not Paul.
The Judean churches rejoiced to hear that Paul preached the
true Gospel, and stood for the things of the Lord.
We glorify God when we preach and teach the truth.
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