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Galatians - Week 1

SPEAKER: Pastor Charlie Riley
September 30, 2023

Week 1
September 30, 2023

Galatians (Challenge)
It’s Faith In Christ Alone
Justification By Faith (Martin Luther’s Favorite)
Written Somewhere About A.D. 57

Galatians Chapters 1-2
His Personal Credentials
His Apostleship
His Relationship To The Law
His Experience In Christ

Galatians Chapters 3-4
Doctrine of Justification By Faith

Galatians Chapters 5-6
What Justification By Faith Produces In The Life of A Believer

Term “Law” 32 Times
Term “Faith” 21 Times

Judaizers (Jewish Believers With The Law)
They Were Not “Winning” People to Christ
They Were “Weaning” Them Off of Paul

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 brethren who are with me,
To the churches of Galatia: (Cities Pisidian-Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, Derbe)
Galatians 1:1-2

Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Galatians 1:3-5

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.
Galatians 1:6-7

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed (anathema- Devoted To Destruction and Hell). As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
Galatians 1:8-9

How Were Judaizers Polluting the Gospel?
By Teaching Them To Observe Portions of the Law
Most Christians See “Sin” As The Great Enemy
Paul Viewed “The Returning To The Law” As The Great Enemy

Returning To Law (Religion & Works)
The Keeping of The Sabbath
The Jewish Roots
The Keeping of Ceremony and Ritual
The “Sewing of the Veil”

The Pride of Mankind Always Sees It Necessary To Add To The Work of Christ

For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 1:10-12

His Relationship To The Law
For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
Galatians 1:13-14

His Experience In Christ
Galatians 1:15 – Chapter 2

We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 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. “But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not! For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
Galatians 2:15-18

For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”
Galatians 2:19-21

Trusting In Anything other Than Christ Voids The Death of Christ On The Cross

O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Galatians 3:1-2

If You Can’t Be Saved By The Law
Why Would You Go Back To The Keeping of The Law?

O you dear idiots of Galatia, who saw Jesus Christ the crucified so plainly, who has been casting a spell over you? I will ask you one simple question: did you receive the Spirit of God by trying to keep the Law or by believing the message of the Gospel?
Galatians 3:1-6 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

Surely you can’t be so idiotic as to think that a man begins his spiritual life in the Spirit and then completes it by reverting to outward observances? Has all your painful experience brought you nowhere? I simply cannot believe it of you!
Galatians 3:1-6 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

Does God, who gives you his Spirit and works miracles among you, do these things because you have obeyed the Law or because you have believed the Gospel? Ask yourselves that. You can go right back to Abraham to see the principle of faith in God. He, we are told, ‘believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’
Galatians 3:1-6 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?— just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
Galatians 3:3-6

It’s Faith Alone
In Christ Alone
In His Work Alone