Home Message Series: Paul's Letter to the Galatians Back
“Be Real” Galatians 2
Paul has been developing the concept of what the true Gospel of Christ really is.
Now he challenges us to be real about what we say we believe.
Vss 1-2 Fourteen years later, Paul, Barnabas and Titus went back to Jerusalem to explain the gospel they preached to the Gentiles.
Vss 3-6 Some were teaching that you have to become a Jew before you could become a Christian. Titus, a Gentile, was not convinced.
Vss 7-10 The church leaders in Jerusalem acknowledged Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles to be just as legit as Peter’s ministry to the Jews.
Vss 11-14 Paul confronted Peter about living like Gentiles but expecting Gentiles to become Jews
Vss 15-16 As Jewish as Paul was, he knew that no one is saved by the law.
Vss 17-18 Those who are truly justified must abandon their sinful lifestyle.
Vss 19-20 Those who are truly crucified with Christ are dead to sin, self and legalism.
Vs 21 If we can work to be saved, Christ’s death was meaningless.
So then, if we are saved by grace God expects us to live by grace. Let’s be real!
“A Chosen People or Choosing People?” Galatians 3
Paul has established the concept of the genuine Gospel, that being Jewish is not needed in order to be saved. So then what place does God’s Chosen people have in the whole plan of salvation? Paul sets the record straight.
Vs 1-9 Faith has always been the way of salvation. We are saved the same way Abraham was.
Vs 10-12 Those who try to please God by works bring a curse on themselves.
Vs 13-14 Christ frees us from that curse and brings blessing on all who believe.
Vs 15-18 God’s promise concerning the Seed of Abraham, like the Seed of Eve, was singular in reference to Christ.
Vs 19-25 The Law was given to teach us about our need for God’s provision. Those who continue to live under the Law have not learned its lesson.
Vs 26-29 All who profess Christ become heirs to the promise through the Seed of Abraham.
So then, God used His chosen people to bring the Law and the Messiah
to those people who would choose faith.