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1 Galatians Salvation by works or by faith? Holiness by works or by Faith?

2 Why this letter was written? 1. These churches were founded on Paul’s 1 st missionary journey. (Act 13) 2. After Paul left, false professors of the faith came in and were beginning to undermine everything Paul stood for. 3. First they undermined Paul’s authority. 4. Then began to mess up the teachings of Grace. 5. So he wrote this book.

3 Who were these troubling ones? 1. They were the same ones from (Acts 15:1; Philippians 3:1-6; Romans 2:17-3:8) What did they teach? -Salvation by belief in Jesus plus the doing of good works accomplished by keeping the Law, with a big emphasis on circumcision. - Law keeping for sanctification

4 - Acceptance with God meant being identified with them and the Mosaic covenant. - They must have had some token assent to Jesus, otherwise they couldn’t of gained a following.

5 Overview of Galatians Chapters 1,2 Paul defends that he is an Apostle and that his gospel was not his invention. Chapters 3,4 Law and Grace cannot co- exist. Grace was way before Moses and it cannot be changed. Sanctification/holiness is not gained by keeping the law but by the Spirit.

6 Chapters 5,6 Paul shows what the Spirit can produce, apart from the works of the law. Christian liberty is explained in detail. So many of us in the Christian life know better then to try to climb up MT Sinai yet many of us think it is ok to stay at the foot of the mountain. The Law is a unit and either we are completely delivered from it or we pick up all of it. There can be no co-mingling. Hebrews says this…

7 Heb 12: 18 For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, 19 and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore.

8 20 (For they could not endure what was commanded: “And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow.” 21 And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.”) 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels,

9 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all,to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

10 Is it law or grace? Or a combination of the two? This is what the book of Galatians answers.


12 Peter James John Andrew James Of Alphaeus Judas brother of James Matthew Philip Nathaniel Simon Matthias Paul?????? 1Corinthians 15:5, 7-10; Galatians 1:11-17



15 Gal 6:12-14 As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. 13 For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

16 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. 1 Cor 1:29-31 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30) But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God–and righteousness and sanctification and redemption– 31) that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”

17 Gal 2: 20 “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.

18 Questions/comments

19 66 I marvel that you are turning away so soon (only 6 months) Note; Acts 15 = 50AD Gal written 49AD First journey Paul is in Antioch (Acts 13:1) from Him who called you in the grace of Christ,

20 to a different gospel, (different= eteros which means totally different and not the same) 77 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. (Spiritual attack with emotional trauma often comes in the form of religious rigor or zeal. See Acts 15:24)

21 88 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. 99 As we have said before, so now I say again,

22 if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. (1 Cor 15:1-4) 15Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you--unless you believed in vain.2

23 33 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,4

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