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Sun, Feb 25, 2018

Set Free pt 2

Series: Set Free Text: Galatians 1:1-12 Speaker: Mike Osthimer View the sermon notes here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1k9KNh4Z5K8I6IBf107omaApjc5nJJ77E6W8F3d76VSg 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:1 hr 1 mins 35 secs

 

1  Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through 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 the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 

4  who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 

5  to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. 

6  I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 

7  which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 

8  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. 

9  As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. 

10  For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. 

11  But I make known to you, 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 it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ. 

 

The book of Galatians is a life changing experience for anyone who has tried hard in this life to be good enough on their own to make it to heaven and come to the honest realization we just aren’t good enough no matter how hard we try.

 

The just shall live by faith... Martin Luther said Galatians was his epistle. “Catherine von Bora” after his wife; because, he said, “I am married to it.” It changed his life as a Catholic priest who sought to please God through strict adherence to the law and yet he never felt the presence of God.  

 

When you think about the book of Galatians words like, Independence, Unrestrained, Liberty and Set free should come to mind. 

 

The book of Galatians has been called “The Christian declaration of Independence”

 

Our goal for this book is a life changing one… Once A Week Every Week

 

For 12 years now Paul had been a believer and was being sent out with Barnabas and John Mark to share the Gospel. This was his first of three missionary journeys and each time he came through Galatia. He comes to the region of Galatia which was at the time a Roman Provence and known now as modern day Turkey. His ministry was successful there and he planted a number of churches. So successful that the enemies of the Gospel who followed Paul around would come into the churches after he was gone and seek to pervert the message he had just planted. 

 

 

Paul knows that there is only one solution to the sin problem... the Gospel. Jesus Christ is the only hope for this world.  

 

Paul is upset and writes in bold caps the letter of Galatians because these false teachers are coming in and kidnapping the faith of believers.  

 

Judaizers. They taught that Jesus death on the Cross wasn’t enough for salvation but that to be saved you also needed to be circumcised and follow the law of Moses. 

 

The first thing these Judaizers would do is come along after Paul would plant a church and seek to discredit him as Gods messenger. Thats always the method in seeking to destroy the work of God. 

 

When you think about the Bible, especially the New Testament we find the story of the life of Jesus found in the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and followed up by the book of Acts, the acts you might say of the early church, how it began and how it spread out in the world telling the wonderful story of our Savior. The books that follow are called epistles, letters written to specific churches or individual people to address problems, concerns, to give instruction in the things of God. the Bible then ends with the book of Revelation which was given to us to show us how the story is going to end. Jesus Christ is coming back and when He does He is going to rule and reign in righteousness. 

 

The book of Galatians is a unique book in that it was written by the apostle Paul to a whole bunch of churches in a Roman province known as modern day Turkey. Paul visited the region of Galatia on all three of his missionary journeys but most believe he wrote this letter after his first visit that you can read about in Acts 13-14. 

 

There was a healing in Lystra, a physical healing that took place when Paul was preaching, a man who was crippled from his mothers womb was healed. People were so impressed, they thought Barnabas was the god Zeus and that Paul was Hermes, because he was the spokesperson and they began to sacrifice bulls in their honor… Paul and Barnabas heard this they ran in and tore their clothes and continued to clarify that they were just men and that Jesus is Lord… 

 

Acts 14:18, “And with these sayings they could scarcely restrain the multitudes from sacrificing to them.” 

 

 

We read in the very next verses that the priests and the people got mad at Paul and took him out of the city and stoned him to death…

 

Acts 14:19-23  

19  Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. 

20  However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. 

21  And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, 

22  strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God." 

23  So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed. 

 

 

From hero to zero… Its why Paul would write in verse 10…

 

Galatians 1:10  “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ”.

 

2 Corinthians 12:2-6, Paul goes to heaven for a day…

 

2  I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago--whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows--such a one was caught up to the third heaven. 

3  And I know such a man--whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows-- 

4  how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 

5  Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities. 

6  For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me. 

 

They continue on and Paul goes on to plant churches 

 

 

 

 

Verse 1:  Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead), 

 

 

Paul... he jumps right in because of the urgency of the message... no hows the wife and kids? How are the crops doing? Any new animals this year? What about that baclava recipe you were going to send me after my last visit?

 

Paul.... written on scrolls... name first so you could know who wrote it… 

 

An apostle... Paul reveals his authority... Think about what he is saying… 

Jesus and God the Father... signed his ordination papers. 

 

“The word apostle as Paul uses it here does not merely refer to one who has a message to announce, but to an appointed representative with an official status who is provided with the credentials of his office.” (Wuest)

 

Martin Luther remarked regarding Paul and his promotion of his apostleship. “When I was a young man I thought Paul was making too much of his call. I did not understand his purpose. I did not then realize the importance of the ministry . . . We exalt our calling, not to gain glory among men, or money, or satisfaction, or favor, but because people need to be assured that the words we speak are the words of God. This is no sinful pride. It is holy pride.” 

 

“Not from men or through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father:” Paul’s calling as an apostle was not from man, nor was it through man. It didn’t originate with man, and it didn’t come through man. It originated with God and came directly from God. His standing as an apostle was not based on opinion polls and it did not come from any human council. It was based on a Divine call, made through both the Father and the Son.

 

“The bluntness of Paul’s denial is due to the charge . . . that Paul was not a genuine apostle because not one of the twelve.” (Robertson) 

 

Paul is passionate

 

An apostle through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Jesus from the dead…

 

Resurrection from the dead.... 

 

Jesus resurrection from the dead was what confirmed Jesus was the promised Messiah who has made heaven proud. 

 

Romans 4 imputed righteousness

 

Romans 4:13-25 (NKJV) 

13  For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 

14  For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, 

15  because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression. 

16  Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 

17  (as it is written, "I have made you a father of many nations") in the presence of Him whom he believed--God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 

18  who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, "So shall your descendants be." 

19  And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb. 

20  He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 

21  and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 

22  And therefore "it was accounted to him for righteousness." 

23  Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 

24  but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 

25  who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. 

 

 

 

Faith alone in Jesus atoning death, His burial and bodily resurrection satisfy the requirements of heaven for our salvation

 

 

 

Verse 2: and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: 

 

Unlike his other books this one isn’t written to a particular church or person it’s written to a group of churches in the Roman province of Asia Minor (modern day turkey)

 

Paul was in southern Galatia on his first missionary journey (Acts 13:13-14:23) and he went through northern Galatia on his second (Acts 16:6) and third (Acts 18:23) missionary journeys.

 

Paul is writing with large letters... to get the point across he’s probably writing in capital letters. 

 

Are you aware writing in all caps is considered yelling? Paul is yelling here

 

This letter is serious. It’s been called the Christians Declaration of Independence because of its importance. 

 

Verse 3:  Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 

 

To the churches in Galatia... grace and peace.

 

Gentiles Greeks... grace was the common greeting 

Jews... shalom, which means “peace” was the common greeting among the Jews. 

 

Always together and always in this order. Grace always comes before Peace.   

 

Can’t know the peace of God until you experience the grace of God

 

No peace in trying to work your way to heaven 

 

Only in Jesus!!! He is our peace

 

Verse 4... 4  who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 

 

Jesus gave Himself for our sins, the word deliver means to “rescue”. 

Gospel delivered to liberate

 

Jesus came to liberate us... we live in an evil age... If you are unsure about the age we live in grab a newspaper today or go on line. Look for all the Good News… Its been proven that watching the news all day long will only depress you. 

 

“Throughout the epistle Paul points the Galatians to the centrality of the cross. He cannot wait to make this plain, and we find a reference to it in his very first sentence.” (Morris)

 

Jesus gave. We know from John 3:16 that God the Father so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. Yet God the Father was not the only giver; Jesus also gave. Jesus is a loving, giving God and a loving, giving Savior.

 

Jesus gave the greatest thing anyone can give – Himself. One might debate if it was more a gift for the Father to give the Son (as in John 3:16) or if it was more of a gift for the Son to give Himself. But that is like discussing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. Jesus gave the greatest gift He could; He gave himself. There is a sense in which we do not even begin to give until we give ourselves.

 

Freed from conforming to the world... we have been liberated in Jesus

 

Verse 5: to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. 

 

Our role in salvation is not work but worship

 

The way of salvation that gives God the glory is the resurrection. Its all about Jesus! 

 

No law will save us from this evil world... what will change the world is the transforming power of Jesus Christ. 

 

Salvation through Jesus Christ alone brings God the glory. Think about it this morning. If we were saved by faith and works we would be robbing God of His glory. 

 

Jesus only... Jesus first, last and every day in between. We need Jesus as much today as we ever have in our lives.  

 

We are weak and He is strong!

 

Add anything to the equation and you ruin it... Jesus + nothing = salvation... 

 

Verse 66  I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 

 

How quickly you have turned away.

 

The phrase “turning away” means to Abandon... its a military term meaning to retreat in defeat. To turn away from Him is turning away from God.  

 

1 Corinthians 15 gives to us the greatest definition of the Gospel, the only true gospel.  

 

1 Corinthians 15:1-4  

1  Moreover, 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. 

3  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, 

 

 

1. Jesus Died

2. Jesus was Buried 

3. Jesus Rose from the dead on the third day according to the scriptures

 

What was the different Gospel? Legalism

 

To turn away from Him is to turn away from God.

 

Salvation based on being Circumcised and keeping the law of Moses

 

 

Verse 7: which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.

 

 

What is the perversion of the Gospel Paul is speaking of? Legalism 

 

Legalism is the ultimate in religion because legalism is seductive because it makes us feel as if we somehow deserve or merit our salvation because of what we have done. 

 

Self righteousness... is what perverts the Gospel. It’s the thought we can clean ourselves up and make ourselves presentable to God. That through my own effort I can make my self good enough to make it into heaven.

 

If anyone understood legalism and self righteousness it was the apostle Paul. 

 

Philippians 3:1-10 (NKJV) 

1  Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe. 

2  Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! 

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; 

10  that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 

 

 

Paul’s zealous life before his conversion. He knows what Living under the law is all about. Paul knew all 613 commands within the law of Moses. 

 

Here is the point. There is No eternal life in the law... Paul understood it and no one understood it better than Paul. 

 

 

Verses 8-9:  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. 9  As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

 

Even if an angel of heaven tells you otherwise let them be damed to hell

 

Accursed means to be damned... 

 

Anathema... Its very strong language. Paul is in essence saying to these false teachers, “Go to hell”… 

 

This is Serious... Paul repeats the point!!!!

 

This is a life and death message

 

Heaven and Hell are real places 

 

Do you believe the Bible?

 

Did Jesus come into your heart? 

 

We must decide if we believe this is true? Are we willing to offend people to remain faithful to God. 

 

 

10  For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

 

If I were trying to please man would I be following Jesus? 

 

It’s not popular being a true follower of Christ. 

 

Pleasing God and pleasing man are in direct opposition to one another 

 

It’s not about you it’s about Him. It’s not what you have done it’s what Christ has done for you! 

 

Look at me... I’m a failure, I’m a wretch... No, its look at what Jesus has done for a failure, for a wretch like me! 

 

Let me ask you a question this morning...

 

What makes you a Christian? 

 

Is your life marked more by what you don’t do rather than what you do?

 

You just might be a legalistic 

 

What is a legalist? 

 

Answer this question honestly 

 

Jesus + (you fill in the blank) = salvation

 

The only correct answer is the word nothing. 

 

Jesus + nothing = salvation

 

It’s not what you do that saves you. It’s what Christ has done for you that saves you.

 

The book of Galatians was written to refute the false teachers who came along after Paul had preached the Gospel and sought to convince the people Jesus wasn’t enough. That to be truly saved the people needed to be circumcised and uphold the law of Moses too. Jesus plus the law is what they taught saved a person. 

 

The marks of the spirit are evident by the spirit of cooperation not competition, freedom not bondage, glory to God and not praise to men. 

 

 A message of law and grace is the same as mixing truth with a lie. It’s a lie and Paul is writing to make sure the churches in Galatia are not fooled by this false gospel which is no gospel at all. 

 

Don’t you be fooled! 

 

John 8:36, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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