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Here are more danger signs along our path through the world...
(the believer's wilderness). 1 Corinthians was a series of
warnings against moral and doctrinal dangers. Galatians is about
spiritual (or religious) dangers. Both books have one verse (danger
sign) which is the same - 1 Cor. 5:6 and Gal. 5:9. Read Phil. 3:6
and 1 Tim 1:15 to see what Paul had been like before he was saved.
Outwardly and morally, Paul had been blameless, but spiritually he
was sinning, because he was sinning against Christ. All religious
or doctrinal error is against Christ. The apostle Paul was so
upset by the religious error into which the Galatian believers had
fallen, that he does not say one good word to them, but plunges
immediately into the subject which bothered him so much.
Gal 1:1 Paul proves his authority as an apostle, not given to
him by men, but by Jesus Christ.
Gal 1:6-9 He warns about "another gospel", for teachers had
already come with false doctrines. Even if an angel were to
present any other doctrine than that which Paul was giving out, he
was to be accursed. The bad doctrine that was being taught was
that believers had to keep the law to keep being saved. And there
are many today who try to do this. They carry Bibles and can quote
many verses but they would try to put us under the law.
Gal 1:11-20 Paul did not receive the gospel from other
believers, or even other apostles, but from the Lord Himself. He
tells us this so that the warnings would be as from the Lord.
To bind together the Word of God and the Spirit of God,
requires my eye to be fixed on Christ.
Gal 2:4 Two words important in understanding the Epistle. "Liberty"
and "bondage" - the liberty of the gospel of our Lord Jesus, and
the bondage of the law.
Gal 2:9 Paul explains that the Lord had specially sent him to
preach to the "uncircumcised" (the Gentiles or heathen). Peter was
sent to the "circumcised", (the Jews). Satan wants to divide these
two companies, but the Spirit of God has united all into one.
Gal 2:11-12 At first Peter mingled with either Jew or Gentile,
but later he separated from the Gentiles, and there was danger of
a sad division. Paul sternly corrects him for this.
Gal 2:16 He goes on to show that we are not saved by trying to
keep the law, but by the faith of Christ. By His death and by His
living now for us in heaven.
Gal 2:19-20 Paul is dead to the law, then he is able to go on
and say "nevertheless I live". That is the way God delivers us for
ever from the bondage of the law. We are dead to it, through the
death of Christ. It doesn't mean we don't bother about it, for the
believer is to live a godly life.
Gal 2:21 The terrible error of teaching that righteousness
comes by the law.
Unbelief of the truth is natural... reasoning against it is not
difficult... but the Word of God remains as plain and sure as ever.
"O foolish Gal..." It was foolish for them to listen to
teachers that would put them under the law.
Gal 3:3 "Having begun in the Spirit..." that is, you were saved
by the Spirit through the work of Christ - "are ye now made
perfect by the flesh?" That is, are you going to try to live your
Christian life according to the law?
Gal 3:10 If you are trying to keep the law, it can only curse
you, for it continually finds you guilty, even though you may be
trying hard. If you want something not yours, you are guilty of
breaking all the commandments! (Jas 2:10).
Gal 3:13 What good news! We are delivered - not by our own
trying, but by the death of Christ Who took that curse upon
Gal 3:21 The law required obedience and righteousness, and
promised life if they obeyed, and death if they sinned. It could
not give life because every one sinned.
Gal 3:22 The law is like a mirror that shows how dirty we are.
Gal 3:24 "Justified by faith". What the law could not do,
Christ has done, for He took the punishment we deserved as
Gal 3:25 We are no longer under that schoolmaster, the law. No
longer under bondage, but enjoying liberty. Not liberty to do what
our old nature might want, but liberty to live to please the Lord.
We have a life capable of this - (2 Pet 1:3) and which delights to
God records the past and reveals the future in His Word, to
affect me in the present.
Gal 4:3 The slavery to the things of this world in which we
once were held.
Gal 4:5 What a contrast! Here we are redeemed, we are adopted
into God's own family and are sons. A servant is under slavery but
a son is free.
Gal 4:6 Under the control of the law, we could not call God "Father".
But as free sons, we enjoy this relationship.
Gal 4:7 We are not only sons, but heirs of God. No wonder Satan
wants to spoil all this by bringing us back under the law.
Gal 4:9 Paul marvels that they could be deceived and turn back
again to the slavery of the law. Many believers today do the same.
Gal 4:21 In other words, "don't you know that the law can only
condemn you and curse you and pronounce the sentence of death?"
Gal 4:22-31 The story of Abraham and his sons Ishmael and
Isaac. Ishmael must be cast out so that Isaac can be enjoyed as
the only son. Ishmael is a picture of our old position under the
law, and Isaac the son of promise, a picture of our position under
There never will be a time, till the Lord comes, when there
will be no light in God's Word to guide the believer.
Gal 5:1 In the strongest language yet, Paul urges them to stand
fast in the liberty wherewith Christ had made them free. Satan is
so clever that he has turned many back from listening to the
gospel of liberty to listening to that which puts men under
Gal 5:4 If anyone professes to be saved by grace, then turns to
law keeping, Paul says such an one has fallen from grace. Let us
Gal 5:10 Paul expresses confidence that the Galatians would not
be deceived by these law-teachers, and says that such teachers,
will be held responsible.
Gal 5:13 We are delivered from slavery of sin and brought into
liberty, but not to act in self-will and carelessness. Think what
it cost the Lord Jesus to bring us into this new life!
Gal 5:16-17 Living in the Spirit is our power to avoid
indulging our own will.
Gal 5:19-23 The works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit
contrasted. Surely we ought to be showing the fruit of the Spirit
in our life.
The Bible was not written for the information of scientists,
but there has been no discovery of science which can overthrow the
truth it contains.
Gal 6:1 If a careless believer committed some fault, it was the
responsibility of spiritual ones to help him, remembering that any
one of them could have committed the same fault.
Gal 6:2 If we really want to have a law for our times, here is
one "Bear ye one another's burdens". The Lord Jesus did this when
He was here - for that is what is meant by "the law of Christ".
Gal 6:7-8 What we sow, we are sure to reap, even as believers,
with all our sins forgiven and on our way to heaven! Look at 2 Tim
Gal 6:9 Let us therefore serve, and sow and wait. For the Lord
takes notice of all that is done for Him in obedience to His Word
and He will reward it later on.
Gal 6:10 Perhaps we forget this.
Gal 6:14 The world gave our Savior a cross. And Paul says that
cross stands between him and a world that still hates the Lord. "I
am crucified", says Paul - in other words, the world does not want
me because I belong to the One they despise. And the world is
crucified to me, says Paul, "for I don't want the friendship of
those who crucified my Savior".