QT – Galatians 1

Introduction:

The letter to the Galatians is really about “Freedom”…freedom from the bondage of the law.  The early Galatian church had Jewish Christians continue to try to persuade them that both the message of grace and law was needed for Holy living.  This of course brought some attention to Paul.  Paul would write this book to refute the Jewish influence & show that we are justified by faith in Jesus alone.  This is a wonderful book for today as well, for we must always be careful that we are not mixing our own legalistic culture into the Gospel message & church living.

Vs. 6, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel.”  These people who were persuading the young Galatian Christians and telling them that Paul’s message was distorted and their’s was the truth.  To Paul, the gospel was much more than a message he preached: it was a miracle he had experienced!  The gospel is the power of God and it brings us freedom from sin.  But the gospel was also a treasure that Paul guarded (vs. 6-17)…it binds God’s people together.  Christians may disagree on minor matters but we all agree on the message of the Gospel.
Regarding application…Appoval for Man or God?.  Vs. 10, “Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”  Paul is an example for us all!  The majority will usually struggle approving a Godly leader who stands for the truth of the Gospel & Word.  You cannot measure the success of a Godly leader by the simple numbers of their congregation.  If that were the case, Jesus would not look very successful, for many turned from him.  Jeremiah had people turn from him all the time.  I’m not accusing large churches for appealing to others, but I do want to remind us all that we do not live this life to please others when it comes to the foundational truths of His Word!  Now of course, the gray areas we must learn to accommodate (culture, maturity, etc.)  Let us live for the approval from God rather than this world!