“A Look at Galatians-The Gospel of Jesus Christ”
I. The Churches of Galatia
Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brotherst who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: (Galatians 1:1-2)
A. Ancient HYPERLINK “http://www.ancient.eu.com/galatia/”Galatia is located in the central regions of modern-day Turkey, a poor land traditionally inhabited by the Phyrgians. Later this land was controlled and inhabited by HYPERLINK “http://www.ancient.eu.com/celtic/”Celtic tribes some time in the 270’s B.C. HYPERLINK “http://www.ancient.eu.com/celt/”Celtic tribes inHYPERLINK “http://www.ancient.eu.com/thrace/”Thrace and elsewhere were invited by Nicomedes I of Bithynia to come over into HYPERLINK “http://www.ancient.eu.com/Anatolia/”Anatolia to serve as warriors and mercenaries. The term ‘Galatae’ was used by the HYPERLINK “http://www.ancient.eu.com/greek/”Greeks to denote these Celtic tribes.
B. Paul was writing to a group of churches in a region. These churches had been established through and by Paul’s ministry. It was in this region that Paul had been stoned and “supposed dead’.
But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city, and on the next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe. When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed. (Acts 14:19-23)
C. It was to this region that Paul, in spite if the intense persecution, dedicated himself to disciple making as well encouraging the saints to continue in the faith entrusted to them.
II. The Work of Jesus
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (Galatians 1:3-5)
A. Grace and Peace are manifested in the statement made by Paul when he quickly summarizes the work of the Lord Jesus. Jesus has shown both grace and peace to us because He gave Himself up for us as a payment for the penalty and judgment for our sins that we would also be delivered from this present world system. This action was the will of the Father thereby confirming Father’s Grace and Peace towards us as well.
B. The work of the Lord Jesus results in Grace and Peace. Grace (Unmerited Favor, Enabling, Preservation) and Peace (Free from Striving, Security, and Tranquility) are fundamental marks of the Kingdom of God. Glory to God in the Highest!
III. The Gospel of Jesus
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:6-10)
A. The term Gospel is εὐαγγέλιον pronounced yü-än-ge’-lē-on. It means reward for good tidings or good news.
B. How do you respond to good advice? How do you respond to good news? The responses are very different and in many ways require different responses. Good advice can be followed or ignored, but good news is either believed and received or disbelieved and rejected.
C. The problem is and always has been The Gospel plus something else. The Gospel plus circumcision, The Gospel plus good works, The Gospel plus asceticism, The Gospel plus religion, The Gospel plus social consciousness, The Gospel plus carnality,…
D. What would happen if we believed the Gospel of Jesus and told others about this good news?