Lesson No. 372
(Galatians Chapter 1)
"...deliver us from this present evil world..."

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GALATIANS CHAPTER 1
Greetings from Paul
1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) 2 and all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: 3 grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: 5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
There is no other gospel
6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye 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 yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Paul received the Gospel from God
11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 14 and profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, 16 to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: 17 neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
18  Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. 19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother. 20 Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not. 21 Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; 22 and was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ: 23 but they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. 24 And they glorified God in me.


Lesson No. 372           "...deliver us from this present evil world...."
 Galatians Chapter 1                                                     08/27/2017
 
1)      Paul 'greets' his fellow servants of the Lord by letter in verses 1 through 5; Paul has all kinds of resume credentials, but what does he present as his authority justifying his position in the church?
 
2)      Likewise, who and by what authority do we receive deliverance?
 
3)      The church has gone astray, how does he break the news?  (verse 6)
 
4)      How important is OUR gospel and whom do we ignore if another gospel comes our way?  Even on the wings of an angel?  (verses 7-9)
 
5)      Verse 10 tells it all, and he is speaking to the compromised church!
 
6)      Verses 11 through 12 say it all- all scripture is revealed of God.  Now, which is more important- the written, complete word or God, or what that still small voice is speaking in your heart?  How can you be sure?
 
7)      Paul then tells of his walk with Jesus in verses 13 through 24,why?
 
8)      How long did God have Paul sequestered in Tarsus, Arabia and why?  Why there?  Why 3 years?  He really had little time with the other apostles and early church leaders yet his mission and message was the same- how does that work?
 
9)      Verse 16 says a lot about how God uses us individually.  Christian consultation is good, but when you know God is asking or commanding you to do something for Him and His kingdom, what should you do?
 
10)   So why did the new Christians 'glorify God in Paul'?  Why was his 'history' as chief persecutor of the church useful for accepting Paul as a bondservant of Jesus Christ?


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