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September 2 2018
Galatians 1:1-10 (HCSB)
The book of Galatians doesn’t contain Paul’s usual greeting. He didn’t waste any time getting to the point. Paul was engaging in a battle for the truth of the gospel and true liberty of the Christian life.
False teachers – Judaizers – infiltrated the Galatian church and preached a mixed message of law and grace. They convinced some in the Galatian church that Paul was a self-appointed apostle with no divine commission. This would invalidate his message. If you want to discredit the message you call into question the authority of the messenger.
Paul’s apostolic authority did not come from men but by Jesus Christ (Gal. 1:1). His authority also rested in the fact he founded churches. He was not a stranger coming in with a strange gospel. His message centered on the resurrected Christ. He strengthened the fact of his authority by explaining his motive. He wanted the Lord to “receive glory forever and ever” (Gal. 1:5). This was contrary to the motives of the Judaizers who were self-centered and self-serving.
Paul was rather perplexed how quickly the Galatians turned away from the true gospel.
In essence they were turning away from the very grace of Christ (Gal. 1:6). They were abandoning grace for law and liberty for legalism. In doing this they were guilty of perverting the gospel of Christ (Gal. 1:7).
The Judaizers were preaching a false gospel. Paul said anyone preaching another gospel should have a curse on them (Gal. 1:8). Their motive was to win the favor of the people (Gal. 1:10). D.L. Moody was approached just before a meeting in England and told an important nobleman was there. Moody replied “May the meeting be a blessing to him.” Paul like Moody was not a man-pleaser. Paul could not win the favor of men and be a slave of Christ (Gal. 1:10).
The gospel of the Judaizers enslaved people to legalism. The true gospel of Jesus Christ rescues people from sin and the evil of this present
age (Gal. 1:5).