Bible Text: Galatians 1:1-9Series: Galatians |
The Churches of Galatia: Iconium; Paul flees to Lystra and Derbe (in Lystra he meets and heals a lame man: the people try to worship Paul (Hermes) and Barnabas (Zeus); the Jews from Antioch and Iconium come and persuade the people to stone Paul to death. He rises from the dead and escapes to Derbe.
[Gal 1:1-5 NKJV] 1 Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead),
Paul has his authority called into question. Typical practice of the cults is to call Godly authority into question, replacing it with their own authority. They create apostolic-type authority. From one pope to another. From one apostle to another. From the Bible to the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society. From legitimate first century apostles to illegitimate 21st century apostles.
Where did Paul’s authority come from?
Paul’s Calling: [Act 13:1-3 NKJV] Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent [them] away.
Paul’s authority did not come from man, it came directly from Jesus Christ. Paul was recognized as an Apostle, by the other apostles. His gospel was recognized as correct by the other apostles. Peter accepted Paul as an apostle and he accepted Paul’s writing as Scripture:
Peter Recognized Paul as an apostle and a writer of Scripture: [2Pe 3:15-16 NKJV] 15 and consider [that] the longsuffering of our Lord [is] salvation--as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable [people] twist to their own destruction, as [they do] also the rest of the Scriptures.
False Teachers: [Act 15:1, 5 NKJV] 1 And certain [men] came down from Judea and taught the brethren, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved." ... 5 But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command [them] to keep the law of Moses."
False Apostles: [2Pe 2:1 NKJV] 1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, [and] bring on themselves swift destruction.
False Apostles: [2Co 11:13-15 NKJV] 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
It's not just the person it’s also the message.
[Gal 1:6-9 NKJV] False Gospel
[Act 15:23-29 NKJV] 23 They wrote this [letter] by them: The apostles, the elders, and the brethren, To the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings. 24 Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, "[You must] be circumcised and keep the law"--to whom we gave no such commandment-- 25 it seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who will also report the same things by word of mouth. 28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: 29 that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.
The Problem with the Law
[Rom 8:3 NASB] 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God [did:] sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and [as an offering] for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,
[Rom 3:20 NKJV] 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
[Gal 2:16 NKJV] 16 "knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
[Gal 5:18-21 NKJV] 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told [you] in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
NO longer under the Law: [Gal 3:19, 24-25 NKJV] 19 What purpose then [does] the law [serve]? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; [and it was] appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. ... 24 Therefore the law was our tutor [to bring us] to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
[Heb 8:13 NKJV] 13 In that He says, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
People will come presenting false gospels and destructive heresies
We have freedom in Christ
[Gal 5:1 NKJV] 1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not [turn] your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
[Gal 5:18 NKJV] 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
[Gal 5:17-21 NKJV] I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told [you] in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
[Gal 5:22-23 NKJV] 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.