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GALATIANS CHAPTER 1

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1-5 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.

 

Gal 1-1

(39a) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Resurrection of Jesus Christ

(68g) Authority >> We have been given authority to be the children of God

(71k) Authority >> Ordained by God >> We have His seal -- This verse goes with verses 11&12

(72h) Authority >> Hierarchy of authority >> More Authority The More Responsibility >> Closer we get to Jesus the more authority we have -- This verse goes with verses 11,12

(106h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Means of hearing from God >> Through His Son

(219b) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> Man is a spectator of his own salvation >> Man is not in control of God’s calling – In the book of Galatians Paul emphasizes the manner in which he was called, recalling the inception of his ministry through his salvation experience on the road to Damascus, where Christ delivered him from the person who once persecuted the Church and set him on a new road of genuine faith toward God and gave him a ministry of evangelism. Paul wanted us to understand that he was not sent from men nor through the agency of man but through Jesus Christ as a divine act of God. This was extremely important to him that we know he was not preaching a mere religion, but a message that God Himself confirmed in his spirit, the gospel in its purity. It was highly important to him that the gospel he preached be without flaw or false doctrine in its conception, knowing that the gospel will succumb to these things after he is gone. For this reason it needed a clean start, and what better way to describe the purity of the gospel than to show the divinity of Paul’s calling. To a degree we can relate to Paul’s experiences, maybe not his experience on the road to Damascus, but that we who are born of God have the same divine entity dwelling in us, which was essentially what Paul was saying about himself here.

(227i) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> Dependence on Jesus >> Depending on Jesus to impart His gifts into us >> He gives us what we give to the world -- This verse goes with verses 11&12

Gal 1-2 -- No Entries

 

Gal 1-3

(144b) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> The Church bears witness of Jesus >> It bears witness of the cross

Gal 1-4

(28c) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> God protects the Church from the world – Man doesn’t believe he can control his sinful flesh, but we can through the Holy Spirit. We can subject its evil desires to the will of God instead of allowing selfishness to reign unchecked, turning greed into war and killing our fellow man over the silliest things. Not a single war was necessary, and Christ will prove it over a period of a thousand years of uninterrupted peace, and the people He will manage will be clothed in sinful flesh. So yes, we do have a need to be rescued from this present evil age, because there are people who would rather kill than strive for peace.

(37j) Judgment >> Jesus emptied Himself of all His blood

(165c) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is at enmity with God >> The world is wicked – Paul testifies against the world, speaking of it as the reason for his ministry, that people need rescuing from this present evil age, and for this reason God called Paul to preach the gospel to save as many as are willing to come to Him. There is much said about the world, and the differences in opinion invariably revolve around the level of evil that people attribute to the world. So, when Paul addressed it as the present evil age, after taking into account its history, the amount of bloodshed throughout the ages, even in the name of religion, so much that there is a direct correlation between religion and war, making the level of evil in the world incalculable. Even Paul played his small role in shedding the blood of the innocent in the name of religion before Christ appeared to him and asked why he was murdering His saints. The paradox is that not a single war has ever been waged based on true faith in Jesus Christ, but only on man’s multi-variation of religious imagination, where he contrives his religions that poorly represent the true faith. The truth descending throughout the generations from the letters that Paul has written, including this one,  man can read and understand for himself, but people don't appear interested in the truth, only in thoughts of personal gain. ‘So be it,’ says God, ‘then face the consequences,’ which will fall upon a single generation in the last days, when God will judge the world for its unbelief and for the blood shed since man shed Christ's blood in attempt to prevent these things. Man is unwilling to listen to God or work with Him, except a few, His elect, whom He loves with all His heart.

(209k) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus paid the price for us >> Father sent His son to the cross – There are a lot of so-called Christians who don’t believe they need rescuing from this life. They might believe they will need rescuing once this life has ended, when they die and want the angels to come rescue them from the eternal realm of darkness and escort them to heaven, but they don’t feel the need to be rescued from the darkness of this life. They like the principles of this world such as: ‘me first’, ‘the greatest are greatest’, ‘the least are least’ and ‘good things come to those who fight for them’. That is how the world sees things, but Jesus taught that the greatest are least, the first are last and the last are first. Many so-called Christians don’t believe in these principles; they don’t see their application in this world; they are more convinced by what they see and hear than they are by the Scriptures, and God says that this is not faith.

(233b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Seeking the goals of the kingdom >> Seek the goal of freedom – There are so many things that pertain to being delivered from this present darkness that He sees no point in giving us eternal life if we are not going to value it enough to live for Him. If we don’t seek freedom from sin, He will perceive that we are more interested in this life than we are in the life to come. He will think we believe more in the elementary principle of Satan than we do in the principles of heaven, and if we give God that notion, He might not think we believe in Him at all.

(248b) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> The will of God >> God exercises His will – Jesus said, ‘He who believes in Me has eternal life’ (Jn 3-36), referring to the life to come, but Paul is talking about God saving us from this life. One of the proofs of possessing eternal life is sanctification. If we work with God to deliver us from this evil age, we will also have eternal life; however, if we believe in God for eternal life but reject His process of sanctification, then neither do we have eternal life. We have both or we have neither. God wants to deliver us from the principles of evil, from its mindset and from Satan’s power. It is not the will of God that we live according to this world while believing in Jesus for eternal life. He wants to prepare us for the life to come. When we die and enter heaven, we will be introduced to a kingdom that is in many ways opposite this world, and God wants us to begin living according to its principles now and not wait for heaven. He wants us to believe in Him to the point of faith transforming us into His image; He wants us to live like Jesus. He came and showed us how to live in order that we might follow His example.

Gal 1-5

(244c) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> There shall be no end to his increase >> Jesus shall be glorified forever

(252i) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship God >> Worship God for who He is >> Glorifying God -- This verse goes with verses 23&24

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6&7 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.

 

Gal 1,6-10

(76g) Thy kingdom come >> Wicked motives >> Satan’s motives are inherent within him – This was the confidence of Paul and all the apostles, and this was the confidence they wanted the Church to have, not in themselves but in the truth, that if anyone contradicts the Scriptures in any point of the gospel, we can automatically assume they are heretics and are self-condemned. The only way we can have this level of confidence in the Scriptures is for Paul and the other writers of the New Testament to be confident in what they wrote. If anyone disagrees with Scripture, it is equivalent to error. People who would challenge God’s word are not just wrong; they have wrong motives. A person who is wrong in his teaching we can usually reach, but a person who has wrong motives for teaching error is typically unreachable. This is why Paul instructs us to simply avoid such men as these (2Tim 3-5). False teachers hope we will believe their lies so they can capture our souls and place us in their bondage for the purpose of exploiting us; usually the goal is money. These are the reprobates, spiritual liars, those who would forfeit their souls for the unrighteous mammon. 

(107k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> hearing from God >> The Bible will lead you to truth >> The Scriptures are factual

(158g) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Divide and conquer >> Division (Cliques) >> Special interest groups – It is better to refine our knowledge of the truth than to simply go with the flow with what people know, choosing a feeling of security over true safety. The group mentality seems to always forget that the group itself attracts predators. A lone person no one notices; he is just as safe as in the group, so the group does not guarantee safety. The only benefit of the group is comradery. Nevertheless, it is better to know the truth alone than to believe a lie among friends. There are those who know and love the truth; the problem is finding them; it is not always easy, because they are far and few in number these days. In this age of apostasy it will probably not change anytime soon, but when it does, it will give way to a Great Endtime Revival. Then, those who have believed the truth will become useful and the truth will become common like stones on the ground, but until then our struggle continues, sometimes with a person or a handful of people and sometimes not. The truth always prepares a person for the future, but those who have sacrificed the truth for a false sense of security have also sacrificed their future. When everything begins to crash around them, they will be at a loss how to traverse the last days’ tribulation.

(159m) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit God >> Counterfeit truth

(169k) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Seeking the glory of man >> Stepping on people to get to the bottom >> Ignoring Jesus to satisfy your flesh

(177b) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> False doctrine >> Distorting Scripture to avoid the truth – Paul criticized the Galatian Church, complaining how quickly they were deserting the grace of God for a different gospel. There is only one gospel; there is only one grace and there is only one truth. God’s sanctioned manner of relating to Him is through the Holy Spirit, who validates our faith and establishes us in the truth. Consequently, all the other religions of the world have one thing in common; none of them have any association with the Holy Spirit. Some of them claim the Holy Spirit on a theological and doctrinal level, but none of them personally know Him, otherwise the Spirit of truth would establish them in the truth. For this reason we who are of the truth can discriminate between our Christian brothers and sisters and the spirit of error. Satan’s purpose of various religions is to replace the Holy Spirit and abandon grace and truth as the first step in putting people under bondage. 

(180b) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves lead people into a cult >> Wolves bypass the cross – Paul was very angry with the Galatians and said that anyone who would attempt to introduce false doctrine into the Church and replace the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ for a different gospel, let him be accused, saying this twice for added emphasis. A curse automatically comes upon a person who would do this, and that curse is from God. There is only one curse that leads to damnation; that is the curse of the reprobate mind, the curse of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. The person who has a reprobate mind cannot be saved. Therefore, if a person seeks to replace the grace of God with a different gospel, this person has forfeited his salvation. We are talking about spiritual knowledge here, which is different from all other forms of knowledge. This is why it is important to know the truth and to be careful about what we believe, because once we have committed ourselves to a certain faith, it is very difficult to recant your old beliefs and take on new ones. Believing in false doctrine is truly a curse; how much more of a curse is it to those who teach false doctrine?

(182g) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Three causes of interpreting Scripture falsely >> Because they want to be approved by men  Paul asked a rhetorical question, ‘If we usurp the gospel, are we serving God or man?’ Obviously we would not be serving God, because we serve Him according to the grace that was delivered to us according to His gospel, and we access that grace through the Holy Spirit, and if anyone tampers with these doctrines, they are no longer serving God but man. Invariably, the motive for people teaching false doctrine is to attract attention to themselves that they may be glorify by men.

(240j) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Taking away the key of knowledge >> Suppressing the truth -- These verses go with verses 22-24

Gal 1-6

(32b) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Grace >> Word of His grace

(91f) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> Walking along the narrow way >> Walking in God’s calling is to fulfill His purpose

(116k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> His Grace in us is in vain without Him

(203i) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Withdraw from obeying God >> Withdrawing from the truth – The issue that Paul addressed in the book of Galatians was legalism. It was the great confrontation of his day that he had especially with the believing Jews, who wanted to carry over some of the baggage from the old covenant, which were in them misinterpretations of the Old Testament. Paul said that it was impossible to work our way to heaven or do anything that would earn God’s favor. We must first gain His favor by believing in Him, and then we can work to please Him, but we cannot do anything to merit eternal life, except to believe in the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Some people like to add this statement: ‘live as good and clean a life as possible,’ which corresponds with the notion of godliness, a term that generalizes good works. It refers to living the way Jesus did, not hating or hurting anybody or taking advantage of anybody, and not being self-absorbed. It sounds a little like the Law, all negative; you shall not do this; you shall not do that, and we know that none of us can perfectly fulfill the Law, for if we sin in one area, we have violated the Law as a whole; and therefore we are undeserving of eternal life, which takes us right back to salvation based on faith in Jesus’ cross, and trusting Him only for our salvation. Where then does godliness fit into the gospel? Paul extensively wrote about it to Timothy and Titus, making godliness highly relevant, which means we must find a place for it in our understanding of the gospel, and we must also find a place for godliness in our lives. Godliness comes after salvation. Belief and obedience literally is the same thing, for belief requires the evidence of obedience to prove it exists, and obedience is born from our beliefs. So our belief in God is expressed in obedience, which is how we appeal to Him for His salvation, and his response is to impart a faith in us that transcends any human ability to believe, which we call faith. This means that “belief” and “faith” are two different things: believing is man’s version of faith, and faith is God’s version of believing. God lives in our hearts as a Spirit of faith, who gives us the capacity to believe in Him through His power, which brings about a higher form of obedience. As we appeal to God for His faith through godliness, He imparts His faith that reveals to us His specific will, His calling, which we were born to do. As we fulfill His calling, it produces an anointing that is tantamount to faith, and as our faith increases, in increases our God-given ability to believe in Jesus, establishing an upward spiral of belief, obedience, faith and knowledge, with the result of fulfilling His plan and purpose for our lives. Paul is saying that if we seek God’s favor by doing good works like being circumcised or getting baptized or abstaining from certain foods or whatever we deem necessary for salvation, it puts a halt to this process. The Bible doesn’t say we must perform certain works in order to be saved; rather, it teaches that we fulfill His calling by the faith that God supplies as a result of believing in Him.

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8-10 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! 10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

 

Gal 1-8,9

(15f) Servant >> Angels are messengers from God >> They are sent to change our perspective

(26m) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Curse >> Deeds that return to the doer >> False doctrine – These are pretty strong words; Paul was saying that there was (and still is) only one truth, as the apostle John also commented in the last words of the Bible to anyone who had a mind to corrupt the word of God, “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.” (Rev 22-18,19). The fact that Paul said it twice emphasized his point all the more, and this was a writing style that he never used anywhere else in the New Testament. So indeed, these are very strong words. There is a lot of false doctrine out there today, and Paul is saying that he wants us to compare the teachings of Scripture with some of the junk that we read and hear. We need the Holy Spirit to do this, for the Scriptures by themselves is insufficient. We can’t just compare words; we must also compare spirits (1Jn 4-1).

(44a) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Complete >> It is finished >> Fulfill God’s will

(51e) Judgment >> Judging the Church with the world >> Warning against hypocrisy

(106f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> When He speaks and what He says – This is probably the most straightforward verse in the Bible depicting the attitude we should have toward those who would attempt to defraud us of our hope in Christ. The fact that Paul mentioned angels is very telling about some of the tactics people use to dissuade us from the truth. We think it is such a rare occasion to actually see angels, but it is surprising how common it is for an angel to be present during the transmission of spiritual knowledge, such as the case with Joseph Smith, who claimed that an angel delivered to him a message from God. Apparently, he was not familiar with Galatians chapter one. A man of his religious background must have read this passage more than once, but apparently he didn’t cherish the Scriptures, which allowed him to adopt an alternate view contrary to its teachings. If he didn’t believe Galatians chapter one, then it is safe to say that he did believe in his own ideas more than he did the Scriptures. We know that an angel from heaven would not come to dissuade us from the truth of God, so what kind of an angel spoke to Joseph Smith? It is impossible for any entity, man or angel, to preach to us a message that contradicts Scripture to be right, even if it were an angel from heaven! Someone who is accursed means they have no hope of salvation. We can’t preach to them and set them straight, for it is like preaching to the devil, who also is unsalvageable.

(122a) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Confidence >> Confidence in God >> Confidence in the word of God – Paul met Jesus along the road to Damascus, but the Lord didn’t tell Paul everything he wrote in the New Testament right then and there; rather, all the epistles came to him over a course of many years. Paul was formally introduced to the Holy Spirit in conjunction with a vision of Christ, imprinted on his soul, so that he would be able to discriminate from that time forward the Spirit of God from any other spirit. For this reason Paul was absolutely confident that what he taught and wrote came from heaven so that even an angel from God would be wrong if he contradicted Paul. This is how confident Paul was in his familiarity with the Holy Spirit, and this is the confidence we should have with the Holy Spirit, who teaches us the truth.

(239l) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Let not many of you become teachers >> Teachers incur a stricter judgment – The problem we face today is not the words of Scripture, since they pretty much have remained the same since Paul and the original apostles wrote them, thank God for that. Rather, our problem lies in the interpretation of Scripture. For example, hundreds of cults have formed around a blatant disregard of Scripture, while thousands of “Christian” denominations have formed around various interpretations of Scripture. The cults we can usually discern as false at a mere glance, but Christian denominations are a little trickier to discern their error. It essentially takes the Holy Spirit to do this. Are any denominations correct? Technically no, since no one’s denomination will be in heaven, but some represent the truth in their doctrines and lifestyles better than others.

(250hh) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Sequence of priorities >> Believe the first message; all subsequent messages are meant to dissuade you

Gal 1-8

(63e) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Sarcasm >> Exaggerate the truth to make a point

Gal 1-10

(12h) Servant >> Bond servant >> Their indifference to the world

(195b) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Serving two masters >> You can only serve one at a time

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11&12 For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

Gal 1-11,12

(68f) Authority >> Jesus Delegates the Holy Spirit to us >> He guides you into all truth

(71k) Authority >> Ordained by God >> We have His seal -- These verses go with verse 1

(72h) Authority >> Hierarchy of authority >> More Authority the More Responsibility >> Closer we get to Jesus the more authority we have – These verses go with verses 15&16

(106h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Means of hearing from God >> Through His Son

(108h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of Jesus Christ >> Spiritual revelation >> Revelation of His identity -- These verses go with verses 15&16

(109h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit the teacher >> Spirit teaches us about the word of God >> Spirit teaches us about Jesus – Paul increases our confidence in the gospel, saying that he did not receive it through the agency of man. He did not sit at the feet of another human being and learn it from him, but received it from God by a revelation of Jesus Christ. Anyone else who would make this claim would be automatically considered a nutcase and a whack-job, ostracized and condemned by the people of God. The Church claims that such things do not happen anymore, but the fact is, though we are taught by men and read the Bible for ourselves, we still need to receive the Scriptures by a revelation of Jesus Christ. We can accumulate all the facts of the Bible and recite them verbatim and still not know the truth. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal the truth to us. When God reveals the facts of Scripture, it becomes truth. As we read Paul’s revelatory writings, we must let God reveal them to us as the only means we can truly understand what God is saying, otherwise His word remains inkblots on a page.

(110j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit of revelation >> Revelation of the truth

(227i) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> Dependence on Jesus >> Depending on Jesus to impart His gifts into us >> He gives us what we give to the world -- These verses go with verses 15&16

(229g) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Kingdom grows by itself >> Kingdom assumes the mind of Christ >> Kingdom grows through knowledge -- These verses go with verses 15&16. Paul was an apostle and a writer of the New Testament; God still speaks to His people about divine truth, but without the Holy Spirit no one would understand anything about God. Although the Spirit reveals things to us, it will not receive canonical authority that the Bible has, but that does not mean what God reveals to us isn’t true. We can tell that Paul received his gospel by a revelation of Jesus Christ, because he doesn’t sound like the other writers of the New Testament. They didn’t arrive at their understanding of the gospel the same way Paul did; instead, they walked with Jesus and heard His voice, and after He ascended into heaven, the apostles got together and came to an understanding of their experiences and to the meaning of the gospel that they would preach, and their conclusions we read in the New Testament. They could not have done this without the Holy Spirit, for this is just the kind of thing the Holy Spirit does for us, and note that Paul used the same Holy Spirit to come to his own conclusions about the same gospel, and listen how different Paul sounds from the other apostles. When we read the Bible, we too must come to our own conclusions about what it is saying, and if we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, we will accurately understand the gospel, yet have a different ring to it than our fellow brethren in the faith, who also have come to their own conclusions and sound different from us but just as true. Each person comes to Christ from a different perspective and arrives at the truth from a slightly different angle like light passing through a prism that separates the various wavelengths into their respective colors in a spectrum of truth. Some complain that their color is the only one that is right and that all other colors are wrong, and so they start their own denomination of Christianity, but if we understood, we would realize that we can accept other people’s divergent perspectives and consider them just as legitimate as our own. When we add all the colors together, we get the full truth, just as Paul added to our understanding, as did Peter and James and John, all who wrote differently about the truth, yet no one was wrong. We should take what we have heard and learned and put it together to arrive at a single truth. Paul did this by himself; he went to Arabia and spent fourteen years there seeking God and came to an understanding of the truth according to the teachings that we read in his epistles. He is the reason we understand that we are saved by grace through faith, and he came to this conclusion through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Imagine where we would be without Paul’s perspective on the gospel. Peter and others used the word “faith”, but they didn’t hammer it home like Paul did. When we dovetail his epistles with the other writers of the New Testament, we find a common thread that runs throughout the whole of Scripture that we call the truth. Paul understood the truth as God revealed it to him; then he went to the apostles, and they told him what they understood, and they expanded each other’s knowledge of the truth. We should do the same.

(247h) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> God is interested in the gospel -- These verses go with verses 15&16. The resurrection of Jesus Christ was clearly a miracle. Jesus performed thousands of miracles before this, but this miracle outshined the others, partly because of the terrible death that He suffered, partly because of the disciple's understanding of the finality of death, and partly because they had given up hope. When He rose from the dead, the disciples began piecing things together, remembering the problems Jesus solved and the things He said, that nothing was impossible with God. They began to realize something about Jesus, that whatever He was doing was unstoppable, not only because God was behind it, but also because He was in front of it, actually doing it. It is the gospel. It has been assaulted hundreds of times throughout the age of grace, yet the gospel has survived every attempt on its life, because God is still behind and in front and beside it. He surrounds it like the Ark of the Covenant when they moved it from the Philistines back to its place in the temple of Jerusalem, Uzzah touched the ark to steady it, and God struck Him dead (2Samuel 6,1-7). The gospel is the modern day version of the Ark of the Covenant; nobody attempts to redirect its doctrines by the will of the flesh without dire consequences. He protects those who have committed their lives to the cause of the gospel, and intends to reward them for their labors, and when God gives rewards, He blesses people in ways that no man could imagine.

Gal 1-12

(108g) Revelations Of God (Key verse)

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13&14 For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it; 14 and I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions.

 

Gal 1,13-24

(193e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance >> Testimony of Paul’s life

(200l) Denying Christ >> Whoever is not with Jesus is against him >> He is against Christ who does not receive Him >> Whoever does not receive the Church is against Christ

(238e) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The kingdom is transferred to the Church >> New creation >> The new creation is our spiritual identity – Flesh is flesh and spirit is spirit well enough, but when the flesh of man is willing to agree with spiritual forces of darkness in this world, the boundaries of flesh and spirit seem to blend together, creating a gray area so we don’t really know for sure what is flesh and what is spirit. After all, what is the difference if we obey them? If our flesh is carrying out the desires of satanic forces, then what is the difference between them and us? We don’t want to identify with evil, for to do so is to become evil. We could say the same thing about those who obey Jesus Christ. If we follow in His ways, listen to the Holy Spirit and do what He says, what is the difference between Him and us? For example, what is the difference between Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit who is under His authority? This is why accepts repentance as restitution. To associate with something is to identify with it, and with whatever we stand in agreement is that which we become. In the same way, the Church in heaven and Jesus Christ are one and the same; that is why Paul calls us the body of Christ. Collectively, when we are all in obedience to Christ, we become His body. We listen to His Spirit and follow His lead, and we become Him in the world. Lk 10-16 says, “The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.” We represent Jesus Christ in the world, for we are members of His body. In Jn 8-12 Jesus said, “I am the light of the world,” and He also said in Mat 5-14, “You are the light of the world.” We represent Him in this world; we are Him in this world.

Gal 1,13-16

(120f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Forgiveness >> Forgiveness is an act of mercy >> God passes over our sins

Gal 1-13,14

(162k) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Being slaves of men >> In bondage to the burdens of men >> In bondage to religion – Most of their manmade rules and regulations they appended to God’s Law surrounded the Sabbath. The spiritual leaders of Israel must have seen through the eyes of Satan the Israelites happy with their Sabbath as a break from their work and vowed to place them in bondage so they worked harder on the Sabbath than all week trying to comply with the manmade bylaws that they designed to place the people in bondage. They invented some of the most ridiculous rules about what constitutes work on the Sabbath; it drove them crazy and made them look like fools, and Saul was a strong advocate of all these showy rules. In his mind, the one who practiced these extra rules was the most spiritual, and the one who ignored them was apostate, but the leaders of Israel who upheld these artificial statutes were rebelling against God by the oppression they imposed on others that worked against the purpose of the law. Jesus said, “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you” (Lk 6-31). Nobody wants to be oppressed, yet they made laws that were oppressive and enforced them. The gentiles looked upon the Jews as idiots, having no respect for their religion, though the surrounding gentile nations that frequented Jerusalem to worship at their temple actually revered their God, some more than the Jews themselves, and respected the old covenant laws of Moses.

(173i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Unholy sacrifice >> Penance of following the law – Judaism represents all the extraneous laws and rules and regulations that the Jews appended to the original Old Testament laws that they received from God through Moses. There were already enough. When we look at Leviticus and Deuteronomy, the list is chapters long of all the sundry laws and commandments that God required from the Israelites, from temple worship and moral laws to regulations about the Sabbath, yet somehow it just wasn’t enough; they had to invent even more rules and regulations. Man loves His own rules and power more than God’s laws and authority. Jesus addressed this in Mk 7,6-8, taken from Isaiah 29-13, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me. But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’ Neglecting the commandment of god, you hold to the tradition of men.” Had they just focused on the laws that God had given them, they would have been much further ahead, but both Paul and Jesus complained about the Jews, “They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger” (Mat 23-4).

(176a) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Ignorance >> Misguided – Saul was actually putting people in prison and even having them executed for not obeying the ancestral traditions, the Christians who instead believed in a man named Jesus whom they asserted had risen from the dead. It wasn’t the laws of Moses he was enforcing, but extraneous precepts of men that grew in quantity and tyranny over the centuries. The Romans who held Israel under their military and political power found it very difficult to govern the Jews because of their religion, being crazy about all their rules, regulations and traditions. Pilate was a good example of a prefect who had a hard time keeping the peace in Jerusalem. The Romans neither understood nor respected the Jewish laws, but they couldn’t make them stop following them, so they had to allow the Jews certain freedoms. Had they just stuck with the original laws handed to them by Moses, the Jews would have been easily managed, but it was their invented traditions that made them unruly and difficult to manage.

(176e) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Zeal without knowledge (Spirit w/o the word) >> Devotion without direction – Paul begins talking about his former manner of life in Judaism, how he used to persecute the Church beyond measure and tried to destroy it. He was far more zealous about his ancestral traditions than his fellow countrymen. This denotes the character of Paul, being one reason God chose Paul; his zeal for God was obsessive. He persecuted the Church with a clear conscience, believing he was doing the right thing in contrast to some of the other Pharisees who had ulterior motives for protecting their religion from the truth, for their religion was making them wealthy. He may have had good motives for persecuting the Church, but he was still wrong. He was misdirected from centuries of Israel's disobedience. We should take Israel's example to heart and know for certain that if we are not in the process of serving the Lord in our hearts, that our hearts are in the process of being deceived. 

(176l) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> False doctrine >> Extremes >> Exception to the rule; going to extremes to love God

(179k) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Wolves lead people into a cult >> Leading people through ignorance

(202f) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running from the word of God >> Running from the truth – Paul is mentioned in the book of Acts shortly after the scribes and the Pharisees and the chief priests, who tried to subdue the apostles and got nowhere, because God kept breaking them from prison, and they were performing miracles by the hand of God and all the people were watching and marveling, making it impossible for the Jewish leaders to control them. They wanted to kill the apostles, but they couldn’t touch them because they had the favor of the surrounding people. Finally, when the chief priest and scribes and Pharisees gave up containing them, Paul entered stage left. Paul conscientiously enforced these human traditions with a clear conscience, which separated him from many of his colleagues, the Scribes the Pharisees, whose motives for enslaving the people were for fame and fortune. Paul got the same treatment from God; Jesus met him on the road to Damascus and asked him why he was persecuting Him with the result of Paul becoming a convert. Paul thought he was doing the right thing, as it is written, “Paul, looking intently at the Council, said, "Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day” (Act 23-1). This shows how deceived he was and how deceptive traditions of men can be on us all. We think we are pleasing God when all we are pleasing is people. Paul was very zealous, and God wanted to harness his zeal and use it for His own purposes. If he could win Saul’s heart, Paul would work for Him with the same zeal that he was using to persecute the Church, and even more, because now he is on the side of the truth. His zeal was somewhat motivated by guilt, after imprisoning many Christians for execution because of their faith, he felt he had to make up for much of the harm that he had caused the Church.

(243f) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecuting the Church of God

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15-24 But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother's womb and called me through His grace, was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus. 18 Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 But I did not see any other of the apostles except James, the Lord's brother. 20 (Now in what I am writing to you, I assure you before God that I am not lying.) 21 Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea which were in Christ; 23 but only, they kept hearing, "He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy." 24 And they were glorifying God because of me.

 

Gal 1,15-24

(88d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith produces works >> The function of works in faith >> Faith doesn’t move God until it is manifested in the natural realm – God was pleased to reveal His Son in Paul after all he had done against the name of Christ as a blasphemer and a persecutor of the Church. Therefore, how much more pleased is God to reveal His Son to us who are not great sinners like Paul prior to His conversion? However, that doesn’t mean just because we are less sinners we can be less committed to the cause of the gospel. Paul was committed to fulfilling God’s purpose, not just because he was such a horrible sinner and needed to do something to compensate for it, but also because it was part of his personality. He was just that kind of person, and he also received the grace to do the work. Whatever amount of grace God has given us is our limit of doing His will, but there are many people who have received much grace yet are sitting on their hands, assuming God has not given them any grace by evidence of their laziness. This is circular reasoning in that we don’t know how much grace God has given us until we get up and start living for Him.

(137j) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Maturity >> Stages of maturity are levels of accountability >> Maturity is working with God – Paul did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, nor did he go to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before him, but went away to Arabia and returned once more to Damascus. Three years later he journeyed to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas (Peter) and stayed with him 15 days. He hung out with Peter for two weeks, who was an extremely zealous and dogmatic person, who was ready to reject anyone who did not agree with him or conform to the major doctrines of the Church that were already permanently cementing into position, and yet he received Paul because of the words he spoke and the spirit who spoke through him. Paul did not consult with flesh and blood right away to give God first dibs on his mind and allowed the Holy Spirit to be his teacher for many years prior to conferring with the apostles. Paul wanted to be free from man’s rendition of truth, which cannot rise above his religion. Once we instill these preconceived ideas in our minds, it is very difficult to weed them out, and they invariably get in the way of understanding the truth. So, God had first dibs on Paul’s mind when he first got saved. This was a tremendous advantage to be literally taught by God.

(148k) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Obligation to preach the gospel >> Consumed by the desire to do it

(210k) Salvation >> Jews and gentiles are being saved >> Gentiles included >> Fellow heirs with Israel (Spiritual Jew) >> Ministry to the Gentiles – Paul understood something more than the other apostles because of the ministry that he was to receive, that the gentiles were also welcome to the grace of God that was in Jesus Christ. This was Paul’s great revelation; it became the focus and drive of his ministry. When you think of the level of open-mindedness the other apostles needed in order to receive Paul and accept his revelation of the gentiles, it is virtually non-existent in the Church today. The Jews had been taught for centuries that the gentiles were dogs and not to associate with them, and especially not to marry into them. For the gentiles to now be accepted by God into this grace that their Jewish messiah paid for them, and to be called by God to accept and receive the gentiles with open arms and invite them into the grace of Christ went against everything they had known all their lives. What’s more, it debilitated any plans to use the grace of God to feel superior to the rest of the world. This was a big thing to surrender; it required a total rewiring of the mind to grasp and receive it. It would have been a lot of work on the part of the believing Jews to accept this fact, but they did, and both believing Jews and believing gentiles benefited from it. I can’t see people of this generation accepting this much change to their preconceived belief system, especially not by a person who once persecuted the Church, and now wants to call all the shots just because he had a change of heart and claimed he had some revelations. This is just the sort of thing today’s church completely loathes, yet the early church gave Paul the right hand of fellowship and received his message and his ministry and eventually gave him a seat as chief apostle, simply because the leaders of the Church at that time were intimately acquainted with the Holy Spirit and had a very deep knowledge and understanding of God and his truth. There was one advantage of walking with Christ in the flesh – they saw how open minded Jesus was, and they were forced many times to correct their worldview and their understanding of God and His will for them and others. I don’t think the Church today is open-minded enough to accept a man like Paul or could even discern whether someone was operating by the Holy Spirit, they are so out of tune and out of touch with the Holy Spirit and His truth.

(214b) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God’s timing transcends our comprehension >> God’s time does not make sense to the natural mind

Gal 1,15-18

(103k) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> God purifies His church >> Jesus purifies His people

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Gal 1-15,16

(11a) Servant >> Standard for a servant >> A changed lifestyle – Most people don’t have the slightest clue what is their ministry, many of us don’t think we have a ministry or a purpose or a calling from God, but everybody does who belongs to Him. It is not the pastor’s job but the individual’s job to discover his own purpose and calling from God and to fulfill it. We must stop making excuses for our laziness and lack of faith and unwillingness to serve the Lord. Each one of us has an obligation to use Paul as our standard as a minister and a servant of God, who was utterly committed to the cause of Christ. That doesn’t mean we all need to be like Paul; we don’t even have to be evangelists or leaders in the Church. Each person has been called to a certain ministry. Paul did not consult the Church immediately; he didn’t ask the Church how to find the will of God; he found it on his own. He discovered the will of God and then consulted the Church, the point being that finding His will and purpose in our lives is intuitive if we commit ourselves enough that nothing less than His will is acceptable.

(30i) Gift of God >> Favor by His grace >> He does not take your sins into account

(32a) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Grace >> God’s grace seeks man

(72h) Authority >> Hierarchy of authority >> More Authority The More Responsibility >> Closer we get to Jesus the more authority we have -- These verses go with verse 1

(91k) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> Titles of His calling >> His calling makes you a distinct member of the body – Jacob wrestled with God all night. The angel said, ‘Let me go,’ and Jacob said, ‘Not until you bless me.’ Jacob wrestled with God until he received the blessing, and the angel reached down and touched His thigh so that he had a limp for the rest of his life (Genesis 32,24-32). From that time forward, everywhere Jacob went reminded him of that night, and walking was the most common mode of transportation back then. It was like giving someone a flat tire without a spare. What are we willing to endure, what are we willing to sacrifice in order to achieve the will of God? That night God changed his name to Israel, which means, ‘one who struggles with God,’ which is the name of the nation of Israel to this day. It is the nation that struggles with God. This is what we must do in order to find His will; we must strive with Him, like a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis; it must struggle, and in that struggle develop the strength to fly.

(108h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of Jesus Christ >> Spiritual revelation >> Revelation of His identity -- These verses go with verses 11&12. Paul was utterly deceived along with the rest of Israel and the Jews, but when he came to his senses after God had revealed Himself to Paul, his world turned upside-down, and he viewed Christianity in a whole new light. This is not something Paul could have done on his own, seated at someone’s feet listening to a validation of Christianity. He needed a revelation of Jesus Christ, and so do we, otherwise we are no better than Paul prior to his conversion. Christianity has very little to do with believing a set of facts about the Bible, but has everything to do with receiving a revelation of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit that parallels those facts.

(111aa) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit sets you apart by the word >> Set apart by His grace – Paul had to assure his audience that he was not lying because it seemed so unbelievable that he was under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit for many years before he began relating to others the things he learned from the Holy Spirit and only then started listening to what other people were saying about the grace of God. Paul's teaching was comparable to the apostles who walked with Jesus in the flesh, whereas Paul never had that advantage, yet his account of the gospel testified that walking with Jesus in the flesh was not necessary, that God in the Spirit is just as effective if not more so than Christ in the flesh. Paul was still an unknown to the Church in Judea even years after his conversion. He stayed aloof, and when he finally got together with the leaders of the Church, they compared notes and discovered that much of what God had taught Paul dovetailed with the teachings of the apostles.

(115d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through your ministry >> Through your calling >> In preaching the gospel – Paul worked the grace of God through His ministry to the gentiles, set apart by God from his mother’s womb. We are not to live our lives however we see fit. It’s not what Paul did; he preached the gospel to the entire known world. So God calls us for a specific purpose and ministry, even as Paul commanded Timothy to fulfill his ministry (2Tim 4-5). There is way too much teaching in the Church today that says all the responsibility belongs to God, and we don’t have any responsibility at all, otherwise grace would not be grace. This is foolishness; if Paul believed that, he would have never gotten off his easy chair and shared the gospel with the world; he would have just sat there like we’re doing. We’re probably not doing exploits for God because of the false doctrines we believe.

(132c) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> Spirit of God in the spirit of man >> Spirit gives access to the Father through Christ

(135j) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Abortion >> God loves the fetus >> The fetus is a living person

(191h) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Set apart >> God sanctifies us through His calling

(218k) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> Man is a spectator of his own salvation >> We are chosen before the foundation of the world

(219j) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Predestination >> God’s calling is our destiny

(227i) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> Dependence on Jesus >> Depending on Jesus to impart His gifts into us >> He gives us what we give to the world -- These verses go with verse 1

(229g) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Kingdom grows by itself >> Kingdom assumes the mind of Christ >> Kingdom grows through knowledge -- These verses go with verses 11&12

(247h) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> God is interested in the gospel -- These verses go with verses 11&12

(254j) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Holy Spirit >> Salvation of Jesus’ Spirit

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Gal 1-20

(78b) Thy kingdom come >> Sincerity of heart >> Being honest >> Telling the truth

Gal 1,22-24

(240j) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Taking away the key of knowledge >> Suppressing the truth -- These verses go with verses 6-10

Gal 1-23,24

(252i) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship God >> Worship God for who He is >> Glorifying God -- These verses go with verse 5

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