Galatians Bible Study - Joel H. Linton
Week 4Galatians 1:11-24
* from last week -- recited/choose a memory verse summarizing the Gospel.
* There is a teaching in the church today, especially at "liberal" seminaries and in "liberal" denominations. It claims that the message of Christianity was a development of men shaped by different historical forces. So whole books are written on what particular things in human history caused different Bible writers to develop their theology. The implication is that if different "historical forces" were at work, then the Christian message would be different than it is.
People in the Galatian churches accepted teachings that spoke against Paul and the Gospel message he taught.
Let's take some time to look how Paul responded.
1. What was Paul's message NOT?
vs. 11 (a: not something that man made up) vs. 12 (a: not received, not taught... not a development of human ideas...)
2. Where did Paul's message come from?
vs. 12 (a: received it by DIRECT revelation from Jesus Christ)
3. Do we received God's message in this way today?
(a: Two weeks ago in class... we talked about the uniqueness of the Apostle's ministry.)
4. Paul preached a message directly from Christ.
See: 2 Timothy 2:1-2
2 Timothy 3:14 - 4:3
(a: We now have the complete Word of God, the direct revelation God gave for men to write down for future generations. If God wanted to continue the direct method, he would not have given us His Word.)
Also read together: 2 Peter 1:12-21
5. What is significant about that Gospel being revealed to the particular man, Paul?
vs. 13-14 (a: he was the greatest opponent of the message)
vs. 15-27, 19, 22 (a: he did not learn it from any man... Paul was not one of the disciples developing the message... he was the last person that would have come up with it... or received it from another teacher....except God himself)
vs. 23 (a: it was the same message that the other Apostles preached... but he did not learn it from them...)
This is significant because it confirms that this Gospel message is from God.
6. What can we learn about the Gospel from Paul's life?
vs. 23 (a: it has the power to change lives.)
7. IN your practical day-to-day living and interacting with other peoplw, do you really believe the message itself has the power to change you and others?
Read Hebrews 4:12
8. What does this mean for your daily life and interaction with other people?
(a: e.g. have you ever been afraid to share the Gospel? Or is there
someone in your life that you really doubt would ever listen to you?)
* The power is in the message, not in you.
* How can the message impact your personal life today?
NOTE: we will be discussing this question over the course of the whole study of the book of Galatians.
9. Do other things in the world have power to change people?
What is the difference between the kind of change that comes through the Gospel message versus other teachings or programs?
(A: only receiving the Gospel actual brings a NEW creation in you... NEW life in you. The others just improve your existing nature and life... slightly, on the outside... but does not change your basic nature.)
Paul was the most MORAL person you can imagine because the message of Judaism. But he was against God and continued to be.
So it is not enough to wish to teach morals to people in this world. They must have the Gospel, or they will not have new life, and will not be saved.
Nothing else will do.