07/28/21 THE WORD
Scripture: Galatians 1
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READ and STUDY the WORD
Authenticity Of The Gospel
Galatians 1:1-10 (WEB) 1 Paul, an apostle—not from men, nor through man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead— 2 and all the brothers who are with me, to the assemblies of Galatia: 3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us out of this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father— 5 to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. 6 I marvel that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different “good news”, 7 but there isn’t another “good news.” Only there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the Good News of Christ. 8 But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you any “good news” other than that which we preached to you, let him be cursed. 9 As we have said before, so I now say again: if any man preaches to you any “good news” other than that which you received, let him be cursed. 10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? For if I were still pleasing men, I wouldn’t be a servant of Christ.
Questions and Answers:
1. By whom had Paul and those with him been sent to Galatia (Galatians 1:1-2)? Jesus Christ and God the Father had sent Paul and his fellow travelers to Galatia.
2. What was the message sent to the Galatians (Galatians 1:3)? Paul said grace and peace were sent from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. What did Paul say Jesus and God had done (Galatians 1:4)? Paul said the Lord Jesus Christ had given Himself for their sins, that He (Jesus) might deliver them out of their present evil age, according to the will of their God and Father.
4. To whom did Paul say there should be glory forever and ever (Galatians 1:5)? To God the Father should be glory forever and ever.
5. What were some of the Galatians doing (Galatians 1:6-7)? Some of the Galatians were preaching another gospel other than the Good News of Christ.
6. What did Paul say should happen to those preaching a different good news (Galatians 1:8-9)? Paul said those preaching a different good news should be cursed.
7. To whom was Paul a servant (Galatians 1:10)? Paul was a servant of Christ.
Paul Called By God
Galatians 1:11-24 (WEB) 11 But I make known to you, brothers, concerning the Good News which was preached by me, that it is not according to man. 12 For I didn’t receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came to me through revelation of Jesus Christ. 13 For you have heard of my way of living in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the assembly of God and ravaged it. 14 I advanced in the Jews’ religion beyond many of my own age among my countrymen, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when it was the good pleasure of God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace 16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I didn’t immediately confer with flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia. Then I returned to Damascus. 18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Peter, and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 But of the other apostles I saw no one except James, the Lord’s brother. 20 Now about the things which I write to you, behold, before God, I’m not lying. 21 Then I came to the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 I was still unknown by face to the assemblies of Judea which were in Christ, 23 but they only heard: “He who once persecuted us now preaches the faith that he once tried to destroy.” 24 So they glorified God in me.
Questions and Answers:
1. From whom did Paul say the Good News came (Galatians 1:11-12)? Paul said he didn’t receive it from man, nor was he taught it, but it came to him through revelation of Jesus Christ.
2. How had Paul previously lived (Galatians 1:13-14)? Paul had persecuted the assembly of God and advanced the Jews’ religion. He had been educated in the Jews’ religion. He had been exceedingly zealous for the traditions of his father.
3. Who called Paul into the ministry (Galatians 1:15-16)? When it was the good pleasure of God, He called Paul through His grace to reveal His Son to Paul, so that Paul might preach Jesus among the Gentiles.
4. Who were the first two believers that Paul visited/saw (Galatians 1:17-19)? Paul visited Peter and saw James, the Lord’s brother.
5. What did the Christians in Judea hear about Paul and how did they respond (Galatians 1:20-24)? The Judea Christians heard Paul had been persecuting Christians but now was preaching the faith that he once tried to destroy. So they glorified God.
HEAR the WORD
Galatians 1:6-7 6 I marvel that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different “good news”, 7 but there isn’t another “good news.” Only there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the Good News of Christ.
MEDITATE on the WORD
Ponder the above verses. My Bible notes: Some people were preaching “a different gospel.” This message undermined the truth of the good news that salvation is a gift, not a reward for certain deeds.
MEMORIZE the WORD
Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? … If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
LOVE and LIVE the WORD
I purpose to stay away from those people who say that we need more than simple faith in Christ to be saved.
TEACH and SHARE the WORD
I purpose to not set up additional requirements for salvation. For additional requirements deny the power of Christ’s death on the cross.
PRAY the WORD
Lord, thank You for giving Your life for our sins, to rescue us from the present evil age, according to Your will. In You be glory forever (Galatians 1:1-5). Lord, help us to stay far from those who are teaching a different gospel than the gospel of Christ (Galatians 1:6-9). Lord, I pray we will indeed be Your servant (Galatians 1:10). Lord, I pray we will seek revelation from You (Galatians 1:11-12). Lord, I pray for those who have not yet answer Your call on their life. I pray they will hear and respond (Galatians 1:13-17). Lord, I pray we believers will seek like minded Christians with which to fellowship (Galatians 1:18-24). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.
“May you and I seek encouragement from true believers of Christ and His sacrifice for us.” <>< Dona