Jul 7, 2019. Galatians 3:1-5, What Does It Mean To Believe?

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BELIEVE? Galatians 3:1-5. 07/07/2019. #08. AM.

Galatians 3:1-5 [New King James Version (NKJV)]

1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? 2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 5 Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

  1. Paul’s dilemma with the Galatians, Peter, and James
    1. Judaizers – not fully understand implications of salvation in.
    1. Even though Paul was a Jew, he grasped impact at faith
      1. Paul was shocked that the ether apostles did not fully appreciate the grace of salvation (not overly complicated)
      1. Paul was shocked about lack of commitment ii fervency for holiness among many believers
    1. Understanding salvation is the key to Christian life
      1. Many believers don’t have a clear testimony
      1. Without a solid comprehension of salvation, vibrant spiritual living is not possible
        1. If you don’t know what new life in Christ means, you can’t live the new life
        1. Understanding your beginning as a new creature leads to understanding your new relationship with God. purpose, calling, hope, empowerment. and destiny
    1. Several things hinder our understanding of salvation:
      1. Our life experiences — salvation is not like anything we have experienced in life
      1. Distractions of world — we keep living as we did before salvation. pursuing worthless endeavors
      1. Uncertainty — a lack of faith and study of Word leads to doubts 8: tenuousness [Rm 10:1?)
      1. Laziness — study of Word takes effort Ecclesiasts 12]
      1. Gullibility— if we are not sure of our beliefs, unscrupulous false teachers can capture us
      1. Prior training — what we were taught and how we were raised impacts what we believe
  2. Paul embraced the whole of the New Covenant
    1. Peter viewed salvation as a culmination of the Jewish faith so that he was saved by grace as a practicing Jew
    1. Paul correctly understood salvation as a completion of the Jewish Covenant, which yielded to a new and totality different covenant with no connection to the old covenant
    1. To Paul faith in Christ was exclusive of all other tenets, but Peter treated faith in Christ as a continuation of the Old Testament
    1. Paul had advantages over Peter in his view of faith:
      1. Paul was an academic: studied to a conclusion
      1. He was highly driven to seek a promote truth
      1. He was not self-conscience [as Peter was]
  3. Foolish Galatians
    1. We are expected to know what our salvation is
    1. Believers should know how to protect and defend faith
    1. The concept of salvation by faith in Christ alone is not difficult [can defend it against “smart” and articulate frauds)
    1. Foolish = typical, mores (moros) is used for foolish
    1. In this passage anoites [unreasoning is used
      1. We have a reasoned faith
  1. (think it through)
    1. Salvation is rational, specific, and exclusive
    1. Galatians defection. was inexplicable [Paul knew that they understood, embraced, 8; promoted the Gospel)
  2. Salvation by evidence
    1. Galatians received Spirit by faith and not works of the Law
    1. The Galatians even suffered for their faith (not the Law)

Paul could not have made the Gospel any plainer

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