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is interesting…and an interesting place to start reading through Paul’s letters…after studying the churches in Revelation…the commendations and warnings to the churches…and for us in a seeker sensitive Church culture…do what ever you can to get people to like and stay in a church...Paul says this:
Turn to:
Turn to:
Gal 1:2-
Galatians 1:2–13 ESV
and all the brothers who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: 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. 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. For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it.
Start:
Galatians 1:6 ESV
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—
So Paul is astonished…that they are turning to some other Gospel…that they have heard the Gospel from Paul and are hearing other distortions of the gospel and thinking…I kinda like that one better…that one pleases me more…I think I will go with that one...
What is the big deal?
Still the gospel?
Still Jesus…must be ok to follow that gospel...
What can we say about the Gospel?
Galatians 1:3–5 ESV
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.
What can we say about the Gospel?
-The Gospel is grace from God that brings peace with God.
1 Peter 3:18 ESV
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,
from God
-from God
So the gospel is grace from God that brings peace with God because if reconciles/returns sinners to God.
How?
Next slide
-and Christ
who gave himself for our sins
-Why?
for our sins.
Sin is what?
Sin is preferring anything other than God…finding joy and truth and pleasure in things and things God made…and not in God. Disobedience to God because we want to be our own God…so we chase other things...
Sin is preferring anything other than God…finding joy and truth and pleasure in things and things God made…and not in God. Disobedience to God because we want to be our own God…so we chase other things…
No Slide for the next 2...
Genesis 3:6 ESV
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
Genesis 1:6 ESV
And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”
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Jeremiah 2:13–14 ESV
for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water. “Is Israel a slave? Is he a homeborn servant? Why then has he become a prey?
So the Gospel says…Jesus came to pay the price and give us forgiveness for desiring things and a way of living that puts our trust and joy and desire in anything other than God…and finds its satisfaction in anything other than the fountain of living waters…the good and loving God who created us for Himself…Jesus came to give you forgiveness that you desperately need from God…who is faithful and just.
So the Gospel says…Jesus came to pay that price…the one you could not pay to give you forgiveness that you desperately need from God…who is faithful and just.
And lets keep going…we can not stop there...to deliver us from the present evil age.
Paul is reminding us that the Gospel saves us by justification and sanctification…we get forgiveness and freedom…pardon and power…we are covered in the blood of Christ…who also destroy the works of the devil.
You are covered in white and your chains are gone…you have been set free…to live in faith and righteousness for the one who saved you!
The Father planned it and the Son purchased it and the Spirit perfects and preserves it!
1:4 gave himself for our sins. The saving work of Christ on the cross is in the forefront of Paul’s mind and therefore shows up here at the very beginning of the letter. Jesus not only saves Christians from their sins but also sets them free from being slaves of this world. Paul will later explain that in wanting to be under the law, the Galatians are effectively wanting to stay anchored in this present evil age (3:22–26; 4:1–11), which is the state of the world apart from Christ until his return.
God not only saved those that turn to Jesus from their sins but also sets them free from being slaves of to sin and this world.
How does the gospel do that?
By showing us that Jesus is our treasure…our only hope...
The Gospel by the Spirit changes our desires so we can no longer stay chained to the sinful ways and self serving life in this present evil age.
He delivers us from it,
Next...
According to the will of God.
Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2245). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
-God is sovereign…the gospel starts and ends with the sovereign grace of God. The God planned this purchase through Jesus of His people…before the foundation of the world…by the gospel.
Turn with me to Eph 2...
Ephesians 2:1–9 ESV
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
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So.
Ephesians 1:3–14 ESV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Eph 1:
-The gospel…His will…for His glory?
-For His glory?
Which brings us back to
Galatians 1:5 ESV
to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Gal 1:5
That is the gospel…Paul’s gospel is AWESOME!!!…and powerful and the only gospel with the powerto save....
Romans 1:16 ESV
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Romans 1:1
Which brings us back to...
brings us back to...
Galatians 1:6–7 ESV
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.
Galatians 1:6 ESV
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—
Galatians 1:1–6 ESV
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 brothers who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: 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. 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—
So this is a big deal.
So this is a big deal.
Why? Is this a big deal?
You can say something is the gospel..and just change it a little…distort it just a bit…and what does the bible say about your gospel in that case…
It is no longer the Gospel. There is no other gospel!
So I could start a church called Gospel church. And say…we only preach and teach gospel…and then distort or alter the gospel just a little...
And we will get to why many do that...
And Paul would say my church in that case should be renamed...the no gospel church.
Why because there is no other gospel.
Whoa.
Then Paul tells us why?
If you change the gospel…distort it just a little bit…who are you deserting? Who are you walking away from if you change the gospel?
Galatians 1:6 ESV
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—
God…him who called you.
How big of a deal is this?
Paul is saying…this is an issue over which Christians can not disagree…if you change the Gospel you have walked away from God and the grace of Christ!
CSB translates this...
Galatians 1:6 CSB
I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from him who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—
Turning away and turning too.
Galatians 1:8–9 ESV
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.
So how big a deal is this?
Picture this:
An angel comes down from heaven…gaopel different from the one paul preached...
Or at this time Peter...
Or me…I change my mind and change the gospel a bit. Let’s leave this part out.
Accursed.
This is the Bible saying if anyone…an angel…Peter…even Paul…comes to you....changes the gospel…distorts it all all…the curse of final judgement rests upon that person...
Paul is literally saying…change the gospel…go to hell.
Why? Because you are turning away from God…and leaving the grace of Christ.
So why would anyone ever do that? What does Jesus say there will be many false teachers? Why? Leave God…turn from Christ? Are you serious?
Paul gives us some insight into why someone…anyone would change the Gospel…why would anyone do such a thing?
To please people...
Galatians 1:10 ESV
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.
Shy would someone do that?
Why would someone do that?
Paul says…if I do anything to please others that is not pleasing to God…or if I live in a way that puts man’s approval above God’s approval…I am not a servant of Christ…and to Paul....to the Bible…not a servant of Christ...not a Christian.
Galatians 1:10 ESV
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.
So now for the question of Why Pauls gospel??? Why are Pauls teachings so foundational for the NT Church?
Then Paul tells us why His gospel..Why is the Gospel of Paul the only gospel…the true gospel? Our gospel?
Where is Paul’s Gospel from?
Where is Pauls Gospel from:
Galatians 1:11–12 ESV
For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
So Paul makes very clear…His teachings are authoritatively gospel…and Biblical and God’s Word..because what he writes he recieved directly from Jesus.
His conversion is His proof.
So if we change Paul’s Word we are changing the very Word of God…like Eve we are saying…I will get truth and Wisdom elsewhere…I will put myself above God...
And interestingly Paul uses his own testimony…his rebirth and conversion and sanctification as further proof.
Galatians 1:13 ESV
For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it.
His conversion is His proof.
I am that Paul…then Jesus saved me and changed me…and gave me this Gospel…the only Gospel.
End with encouragement...
Final point and encouragement...
If you are a saved servant of Christ this morning…you have been saved by this Gospel!
1 Corinthians 15:2 ESV
and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:1–2 ESV
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
How do I know this…there is no other gospel!
2. And notice you are continuing to be saved by this gospel...
1 Corinthians 15:1–2 ESV
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
Being Saved.
How…by what we are doing…the Holy Spirit is preserving our faith until the end…how? By us meeting together often and speaking, teaching, and reading the gospel together often.
Hebrews 10:24–27 ESV
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.
heb 10:24-
Never in my life again..and same to you…youth.
Never in my life again..and same to you…youth.
There are many reasons for what we do…but for you personally…know it I show the HS preserves you until the end.
3. You have been given this gospel to speak this gospel to save people's souls from hell.
3. You have been given this gospel to speak this gospel to save souls.
1 Thessalonians 2:4 ESV
but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.
Entrusted...
And therefore…much is required.
Luke 12:48 ESV
But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
If you have been saved by this gospel in this World…you have been given much....the greatest treasure in the universe…Jesus!
And if you have been given the Gospel...
Romans 1:16 ESV
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
And finally…
4. The gospel is the doorway to everlasting joy…in Christ.
Let us end with the words of Jesus…and as a servant of Christ I say these words to you.
John 15:11 ESV
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
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