Galatians 1:6-9

GALATIANS 1:6-9

6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!

Bible study tip >>> Look for repeated words and phrases.  Go back and look for all the times “gospel” appears in this passage.

Paul is defending the true gospel — the good news that salvation by grace alone and by Christ alone is available for all.  Other teachers have come to Galatia and added works to the gospel, and Paul is furious!

Look at the following verses about the good news that salvation is for all people.

Luke 2:10-11 >>>  But the angel said to [the shepherd], “Do not be afraid.  I bring you GOOD NEWS of great joy that will be for ALL THE PEOPLE.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

Galatians 3:8 >>> The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced THE GOSPEL in advance to Abraham:  “ALL NATIONS will be blessed through you.”

The Gospel is the good news that all peoples of the earth might be saved by the grace of God by placing their faith in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World.

We can’t earn it.
We don’t deserve it.
We simply have to receive it.

Here’s a few questions to think about:

The gospel is all about GRACE.  Paul is furious that others are trying to add to the requirements of how we can be reconciled to God.

Is there any area of your life where you are living to earn God’s approval instead of living by grace?

You already have God’s approval.  How would it feel to live in a state of grace instead of a race for approval?

The gospel is for ALL THE PEOPLE and ALL THE NATIONS.

Is there anyone you’ve given up on, thinking they’re outside the reach of God’s grace?  

How can you extend grace to all people you come in contact with today?

 

We can't earn it

 

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Galatians 1:1-4

 

GALATIANS 1: 1-5

1 Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— 2 and all the brothers and sisters with me,

To the churches in Galatia:

3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Paul has a unique emphasis in the opening of his letter to the church in Galatia.  In no other letter from Paul does he include this emphasis that he is sent from God and not from men.  This is a theme that will continue to develop in this first chapter.

(Want to dig deeper?  Look for this theme to repeat itself in 1:10-12 and 1: 15-16.  You can also compare this opening to Paul’s introductions in Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians and note how it is different.)

Now let’s take a closer look at verse 4:

[Jesus] gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age.  

Take a look at what happens when you flip the order of this verse:

To rescue us from this present evil age, Jesus gave himself for our sins.

To rescue us from this present evil age, Jesus didn’t rescue us from our circumstances.  He rescued us from our sins.  You and I don’t need to be rescued from our circumstances. We need to be rescued from our sins!

Paul is not writing to offer a worldly solution.  He is writing to point people to the one true solution, the one true source of rescue, the one true way to find grace and peace in this present evil age:  Jesus Christ who gave himself for our sins.

Here’s a few questions to think about:

What are some worldly solutions that other people have offered to try and make life better?

How does Jesus provide a rescue that is uniquely different than anything the world can offer?

What is an area of your life where you need to experience rescue from Jesus?

In verse 3, Paul writes, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  What is an area of your life where you need to experience the grace and peace that comes only from God?

 

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