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Sun, Mar 18, 2018

Overcoming Awkward Moments

Series: Set Free Text: Galatians 2:14-21 Speaker: Mike Osthimer View the sermon notes here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Fq_GZWe_qsY3k19aWmRtWaDjHExPQ25EI2CgXPu935g Join us! Service times are: Sun: 08:30 am / 10:30 am Wed: 07:00 pm What We Believe http://ccbakersfield.com/index.php/about-us/bible-readings Our weekly sermon podcasts can be found here: iTunes https://pcr.apple.com/id1137464790 Visit us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/CCBakersfield/ or http://ccbakersfield.com/
Series:Set Free
Duration:52 mins 40 secs

Series: Set Free

Text: Galatians 2:14-21

Title: Overcoming Awkward Moments

 

 

 

Galatians 2:14-21 

 

14  But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, "If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews? 

15  We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 

16  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. 

17  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! 

18  For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 

19  For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. 

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. 

21  I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain." 

 

Grace, Grace, Grace, Grace

 

Martin Luther once said, “Every week I preach justification by faith to my people, because every week they forget it.”

 

Jesus + NOTHING = Salvation

 

The enemy of grace is Legalism. 

 

Legalism is when something that was meant to be from the heart was driven by rules and regulations

 

Jesus + circumcision + the law = salvation

 

Works based performance mentality. 

 

 

The book of Galatians is divided into three sections

Chapters 1-2, Personal

Chapters 3-4, Doctrinal

Chapters 5-6, Practical 

 

“A chapter a day keeps grace the way” 

 

Judaizers… Jews from Judah 

 

The Judaizers told the churches at Galatia that Paul wasn’t legit. 

 

They said that Paul is preaching a seeker friendly, anybody can be saved gospel.

 

Paul corrects Peter who is by far and away the most popular apostle. 

 

They had an awkward moment for sure. 

 

Peter separated himself from the gentiles…

 

It brought about an awkward moment between Paul and Peter…

 

 

Awkward Moments…

 

 

1. Talking to someone and discovering they are not who you thought they were 

 

2. Goosing someone who is not your wife  

 

3. Pregnancy... how far along are you? 

 

4. Using Gonzales bathroom at Connect when the dinner table is right outside the door 

 

5. Teaching a bible study with my zipper down

 

6. Jumpstarting a car that is being stolen.

 

 

How do we overcome awkward moments? 

 

Keep in mind… No one is justified by the works of the law…

 

The big idea, the only way we can move past our awkward moments in life is by… Grace

 

Grace is undeserved unmerited one way favor from God based completely on what Jesus Christ has done for us. 

 

We need grace every moment of our lives. We cant live without it.  

 

 

 

 

 

Galatians 2:14-21  

 

14  But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, "If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews?

 

Paul is saying to Peter, “Why would we impose rules on them that never worked for us?”

 

We were never able to “separate” ourselves as hard as we tried and that is exactly why God sent Jesus to save us.

 

If they received a Savior that worked for us why would we add on things on them that never did work anyway?

 

 

15  We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,

 

You force them to follow customs we didn’t even follow.

 

Paul was saying to Peter, Even we who are Jews by birth know obeying the law doesn’t make you right before God.

 

 

 

16  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. 

 

Not justified by the works of the law: This is Paul’s first use of the great ancient Greek word dikaioo (justified, declared righteous) in his letter to the Galatians. “It is a legal concept; the person who is ‘justified’ is the one who gets the verdict in a court of law. Used in a religious sense it means the getting of a favorable verdict before God on judgment day.” (Morris)

 

Even we have believed in Christ Jesus: Paul knew that even a strictly observant Jew such as he was could never be considered right before God by what he did under the Law of Moses. Instead, he, Peter, and every single Christian must have believed in Christ Jesus.

 

“Faith in Jesus Christ’, then, is not intellectual, but a personal commitment. ‘we have believed into (eis) Christ Jesus.’ It is an act of commitment, not just believing factually that Jesus lived and died, but rather, by believing we are running to Him for refuge and calling on Him for mercy.” 

 

 

Faith in Christ is justification 

 

“Justified” means innocent, not guilty 

 

 

The Old Testament law was given for conscience sake. To keep people in line until Jesus came. The law was a tutor. 

 

For most people they thought keeping the law was how you were saved in the Old Testament. 

 

And they thought in the New Testament is about grace and faith in Jesus Christ. 

 

From cover to cover the Bible is about salvation by grace.

 

You can’t make it to heaven by keeping the law. 

 

Romans 3:20“Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” 

 

The law doesn’t save you. The law makes us conscience of sin. 

 

Our conscience convicts us apart from the Bible. 

 

We know there is a difference between right and wrong.

 

We are conscience of our sin and guilt. 

 

It’s not that we didn’t know what was right, we didn’t do what was right. 

 

Thinking the right things doesn’t make us right with God. Doing the right things is how we are righteous before God. We have not done what was right. 

 

We seek to justify ourselves. 

 

We all want justification, we all desire it. When we can’t get it we blame others.  

 

We don’t accept responsibility for the wrong we do because we believe that we are good people. 

 

We justify our wrong by saying we have done more good than bad. We keep score. 

 

Imagine though you are at a court hearing… The defendant is charged with a crime and stands up and starts telling the judge, but I have done good things and the listens to all the good things the guy has done which has nothing to do with the charges before the court and the judge says oh, I was going to pronounce you guilty of the crime you were caught red handed committing until you told me all the good things you have done so I guess I’ll find you not guilty.

 

Since the Garden of Eden we have always needed someone to redeem us. 

 

Thank you Jesus for shedding your blood. 

 

Justification comes by grace alone through faith alone 

 

Only by God’s grace can we be set free

 

 

17  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! 

 

Does Jesus promote sin? Absolutely NOT

 

As the men from Jerusalem saw it, the idea that we are made right before God by faith in Jesus alone wasn’t “real” enough, it wasn’t good enough. After all, Christians still struggled with sin. How could they have the “accepted by God” issue settled if they still battled sin? In their thinking, this made Christ . . . a minister of sin, because Jesus’ work of making them right with God apparently didn’t make them right enough. (David Guzik)

 

 

18  For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 

 

These certain men from James thought they had to hang on to the Law – for themselves and for Gentiles – so there wouldn’t be so much sin. What Paul shows is that by putting themselves under the law again they were sinning worse than ever. (David Guzik)

 

No one is set free through guilt, but grace!

 

 

 

19  For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.

 

 

To die to the law is to die to seeking to keep it as a means of justification before God. 

 

I died to the law… 

 

Cant be tried twice? 

 

If you were guilty of murder and were sentenced to die but someone died for you you couldn’t be tried for the crime you committed. 

 

Double Jeopardy 

 

You are guilty of a capital crime… You deserve to die…

 

 

 

Someone has already died… Jesus died for you and for me. 

 

Isaiah 53:6  

6  All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 

 

But when did I die? When Jesus died on the Cross, I died right there with him. 

 

I died to the law that I might live for God…

 

I died to the system of laws to please God. 

 

I died to trying to be good enough. 

 

I died so I could please God. 

 

 

We can’t earn God’s favor. 

 

Our effort is self centered. The focus is on our meriting God’s grace based on what we have done instead of what Christ has done for us.

 

 

In Philippians 3 Paul boasts of his commitment to the law before coming to Jesus as Savior and Lord. 

 

Philippians 3:3-9 (NKJV) 

3  For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, 

4  though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: 

5  circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; 

6  concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 

7  But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 

8  Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 

9  and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 

 

 

 

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.

 

I died with Christ when Jesus died for me. The law isn’t looking for us any longer because the case has been closed because the penalty has already been paid. Christ’s righteousness has been transferred to us! Our sin was put on Jesus and His perfection was placed on us.

 

Jesus Christ did not die for me in order that I might go on living my life as I choose. He died for me so that from now on He might be able to live His life in me.

 

Its no longer Mike, it’s no longer you. The old me, the old you died. The new me, the new you is hidden in Christ. It’s no longer I who lives but Christ in me.

 

God has put His Spirit in me. 

 

Christ is living and working in me. 

 

The deeds of the flesh are put to death and a power from God is available to me so I can please Him. 

 

As I walk in the Spirit its as if the Spirit living and walking through me. 

 

In the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me: The faith Paul lived by was not faith in himself, faith in the law, or faith in what he could earn or deserve before God. It was faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ – who loved me and gave Himself for me.

 

Not faith in our faith but faith in Jesus! 

 

Before, Paul’s relationship with God was based on what he could do for God – his faith was in himself. Now the relationship was built on what Jesus Christ had done for him – Paul’s faith was in Jesus Christ alone. 

 

Who loved me: Paul can confidently give himself to Jesus because of the love Jesus has demonstrated in the past. “It is true that he loves us now, but Paul also wrote truly, ‘Who loved me.’ The verb is in the past tense. Jesus loved me upon the cross; loved me in the manger of Bethlehem; loved me before ever the earth was. There never was a time when Jesus did not love his people.” (Spurgeon)

 

Martin Luther wrote, “Did the Law ever love me? Did the Law ever sacrifice itself for me? Did the Law ever die for me? On the contrary, it accuses me, it frightens me, it drives me crazy. Somebody else saved me from the Law, from sin and death unto eternal life. That Somebody is the Son of God, to whom be praise and glory forever.” 

 

Charles Spurgeon wrote, “Take these blessed words of the apostle, and put them in your mouth, and let them lie there as wafers made with honey, till they melt into your very soul: ‘Who loved me, and gave himself for me.’ ” 

 

Have the congregation say, “Jesus gave Himself for ME”

 

21  I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain." 

 

 

Paul is saying to Peter, What you are doing is offensive to God. You are saying what Jesus did is not enough. That you need to do more than what Jesus did for you. That’s a lie.

 

William MacDonald in his commentary on Galatians writes, “The grace of God is seen in His unconditional gift of salvation. When man tries to earn it, he is making it void. It is no longer by grace if man deserves it or earns it. Paul's final thrust at Peter is effective. If Peter could obtain favor with God by Jewish observances, then Christ died for nothing; He literally threw His life away. Christ died because man could obtain righteousness in no other way—not even by law-keeping.”

 

“To nullify grace would be to put one’s trust, not in salvation as God’s free gift, but in one’s own efforts. If righteousness could come through the law then Jesus died in vain. 

 

Nothing will rob you more of the peace of God than when you ignore the grace of God. To set it aside. 

 

When you know the truth and don’t live it, life becomes hard because at the moment you disregard the revelation of God in your life, your life becomes a lie. 

 

People in the Bible who ran from God.

 

Jonah,

David,

Elijah

Peter

 

Proverbs 24:16, “For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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