Galatians 1

Galatians 1 has Paul connecting with the church in Galatia.  Paul gives them a greeting of who he is and what he has to teach them.  “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever”.  His focus is single-minded being about Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross to set us free from the penalty of sin and deliver victory over evil.

It seems the church was losing its way and following something other than the gospel of Christ.  “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting  him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ”.  False teachers have always been a problem in the church.  People distort the truth and try to adapt it to fit their own wants and needs.  Paul calls on the church to follow only the true gospel of Jesus Christ, and nothing more or less.

Paul makes it clear that what he teaches are not his words but those of Christ Himself.  “For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ”.  That is important to know and understand, that Jesus gave us the message of the gospel Himself based on God’s plan and revelation of the future.  The gospel is not man’s idea, but God’s plan to redeem us from the penalty of sin through the shed blood of His Son on the cross.

Remember that Paul certainly wasn’t always one who proclaimed the gospel of Christ.  In fact, for many years he persecuted and even killed Christians.  But then Jesus met Him personally and changed his life forever. This is what was said about Paul: “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy”.  Talk about a change of life.  Paul went from prosecutor and persecutor to proclaimer and preacher of the gospel.  He became a hero of the church.  “And they glorified God because of me”.  Talk about a complete turn around.  Paul’s life demonstrates the power of God in the life of someone who was lost, and now is found.  That can be me and you too!

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