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Imagine with me the church in this condition...

Rather than a family or bride of Christ… it appears like a social club. Do the right things, pay the right amount, know the right people and life is “comfortable”.
The opinions and views of the day and of those in high positions and fame are held higher than those of God and His Word.
Traditions become more important than what God’s Word states
It focuses more on what man thinks and sees than what God sees in the heart and what He thinks about our motives.
The scriptures when read or quoted are twisted, abused, or even omitted to meet ones own interest and desires.

Martin Luther

On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther presented his 95 thesis to a church in this condition… 500 years ago this last week.
Martin Luther studied Galatians and Romans. Calling Galatians Thesis statement of Romans. His study moved him to write and teach what he did.
The church in this condition...
Will take on the burden of living under law and slowly places itself on the shoulders of people
It does not force its way , rather it is willingly carried by those who stray from the truth of God’s Word
They are led by the pride of the heart into a dangerous place of thinking they can obtain the Gospel, Salvation, on their own apart from Christ.

The Church Can Stray So Easily From The True Gospel Because of Our Pride!

As we begin a new study in the letter of Galatians… This is a similar state we see the early church facing as Paul writes this letter to the churches.
The church in Luther’s day, the church in our day, and the church in Paul’s day needs...
The TRUE, CLEAR, POWERFUL Gospel of Jesus Christ!
As Paul begins this letter we see a great deal of what he will be addressing just in his salutation...
we see an emphasis
A clear reason
and a beloved group he is writing to… Galatians 1:1-5
Galatians 1:1–5 NASB95
1 Paul, an apostle (not sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead), 2 and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen.
This introduction will set the tone, and emphasis of the whole letter.
There are some things we need to understand as we begin to study this letter together...

We must recognize the authority this letter is written with.

Paul is an Apostle = having been commissioned by Jesus Christ for a particular task or role
Paul was NOT sent out or writing this letter sent or commissioned by man, the Church at Antioch by by Jesus Christ
NOTICE: “raised Him from the dead
The other apostles were taught, commissioned, and instructed by Christ while Christ was with them.
Paul is taught, commissioned, and instructed after Christ has ascended, the risen Savior!
There is authority in what Paul is going to say because it comes from Christ Himself!
Paul also mentions this is not just him doing this but ALL the brethren with him know of this, are in agreement with this. There is accountability!
these would be those in Antioch.

The people this goes to, and the timing of this letter is important to grasp...

This is going to a Region… Galatia (modern day Turkey)
Slides of maps and timeline
This is the only letter Paul writes that is not addressed to a specific church or person
This was meant to pass around and get the message out! Notice the plurality of “churches”
These would have been churches started on his first missionary journey with Barnabas…
It has not taken long for error and false truths to come into the church!!!
It can just as easily happen today!

Paul is writing to correct the error and clearly define the Gospel!

This is the WHY, this is the URGENCY
So crucial is the Gospel in this letter Paul brings it into his salutation…!!! Verse 3-5
It was God’s will to send His Son Jesus Christ
It was His will to rescue us… because we needed rescuing. (we couldn’t do ti!!!)
The TONE Paul uses in this letter stresses the importance of what he is writing...
It has been said “You can hear thunder as you read the words of Paul in this letter”
It bristles with PASSION, SARCASM, and ANGER!
Galatians 1:6
Galatians 1:6 NASB95
6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;
Galatians 3:1
Galatians 3:1 NASB95
1 You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?
Galatians 4:20
Galatians 4:20 NASB95
20 but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
Galatians 5:12
Galatians 5:12 NASB95
12 I wish that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves.
Yet he loves these people calling them his “dear children” in Gal 4:20

God will get the Glory forevermore!

There has never been a time when the gospel of Jesus Christ has been more watered down, twisted, forgeries made, and counterfeits presented so deceptively as there is today!
Church… we need to know, understand, and declare with boldness without shame the clear truth of the Gospel.
My prayer and desire is that God’s people will once again burn with a passion for the Gospel and share it clearly!
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