Galatians Chapter 1
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The churches in Galatia were formed partly of converted Jews, and partly of Gentile converts, as was generally the case. St. Paul asserts his apostolic character and the doctrines he taught, that he might confirm the Galatian churches in the faith of Christ, especially with respect to the important point of justification by faith alone. Thus the subject is mainly the same as that which is discussed in the epistle to the Romans, that is, justification by faith alone. In this epistle, however, attention is particularly directed to the point, that men are justified by faith without the works of the law of Moses. Of the importance of the doctrines prominently set forth in this epistle, Luther thus speaks: "We have to fear as the greatest and nearest danger, lest Satan take from us this doctrine of faith, and bring into the church again the doctrine of works and of men's traditions. Wherefore it is very necessary that this doctrine be kept in continual practice and public exercise, both of reading and hearing. If this doctrine be lost, then is also the doctrine of truth, life and salvation, lost and gone."The apostle Paul asserts his apostolic character against such as lessened it. (1-5) He reproves the Galatians for revolting from the gospel of Christ under the influence of evil teachers. (6-9) He proves the Divine authority of his doctrine and mission; and declares what he was before his conversion and calling. (10-14) And how he proceeded after it. (15-24)1-5 St. Paul was an apostle of Jesus Christ; he was expressly appointed by him, consequently by God the Father, who is one with him in respect of his Divine nature, and who appointed Christ as Mediator. Grace, includes God's good-will towards us, and his good work upon us; and peace, all that inward comfort, or outward prosperity, which is really needful for us. They come from God the Father, as the Fountain, through Jesus Christ. But observe, first grace, and then peace; there can be no true peace without grace. Christ gave himself for our sins, to make atonement for us: this the justice of God required, and to this he freely submitted. Here is to be observed the infinite greatness of the price bestowed, and then it will appear plainly, that the power of sin is so great, that it could by no means be put away except the Son of God be given for it. He that considers these things well, understands that sin is a thing the most horrible that can be expressed; which ought to move us, and make us afraid indeed. Especially mark well the words, "for our sins." For here our weak nature starts back, and would first be made worthy by her own works. It would bring him that is whole, and not him that has need of a physician. Not only to redeem us from the wrath of God, and the curse of the law; but also to recover us from wicked practices and customs, to which we are naturally enslaved. But it is in vain for those who are not delivered from this present evil world by the sanctification of the Spirit, to expect that they are freed from its condemnation by the blood of Jesus.
6-9 Those who would establish any other way to heaven than what the gospel of Christ reveals, will find themselves wretchedly mistaken. The apostle presses upon the Galatians a due sense of their guilt in forsaking the gospel way of justification; yet he reproves with tenderness, and represents them as drawn into it by the arts of some that troubled them. In reproving others, we should be faithful, and yet endeavour to restore them in the spirit of meekness. Some would set up the works of the law in the place of Christ's righteousness, and thus they corrupted Christianity. The apostle solemnly denounces, as accursed, every one who attempts to lay so false a foundation. All other gospels than that of the grace of Christ, whether more flattering to self-righteous pride, or more favourable to worldly lusts, are devices of Satan. And while we declare that to reject the moral law as a rule of life, tends to dishonour Christ, and destroy true religion, we must also declare, that all dependence for justification on good works, whether real or supposed, is as fatal to those who persist in it. While we are zealous for good works, let us be careful not to put them in the place of Christ's righteousness, and not to advance any thing which may betray others into so dreadful a delusion.
10-14 In preaching the gospel, the apostle sought to bring persons to the obedience, not of men, but of God. But Paul would not attempt to alter the doctrine of Christ, either to gain their favour, or to avoid their fury. In so important a matter we must not fear the frowns of men, nor seek their favour, by using words of men's wisdom. Concerning the manner wherein he received the gospel, he had it by revelation from Heaven. He was not led to Christianity, as many are, merely by education.
15-24 St. Paul was wonderfully brought to the knowledge and faith of Christ. All who are savingly converted, are called by the grace of God; their conversion is wrought by his power and grace working in them. It will but little avail us to have Christ revealed to us, if he is not also revealed in us. He instantly prepared to obey, without hesitating as to his worldly interest, credit, ease, or life itself. And what matter of thanksgiving and joy is it to the churches of Christ, when they hear of such instances to the praise of the glory of his grace, whether they have ever seen them or not! They glorify God for his power and mercy in saving such persons, and for all the service to his people and cause that is done, and may be further expected from them.
Joe's Galatians Chapter 1 comment on 10/23/2013, 8:48pm...
I believe it was to simply clarify which James he was talking about. After all, there were two other James among the twelve apostles, James the Son of Zebedee and James the son of Alphaeus. See Matthew 10:2-4. Perhaps Paul could have called him James the son of Joseph, but when he mentioned him as James the Lordís brother, there was no mistaking which James he was referring to.
David Shanyibwa's Galatians Chapter 1 comment about verse 19 on 10/07/2013, 9:48am...
Why use "the Lord's brother" to distinguish James? why not use any other identification?
Jo's Galatians Chapter 1 comment about verse 4 on 10/02/2013, 12:40am...
According to Catholic teaching: The distinction between an evil age and evil world is an important one. Paul doesn't say the world is evil because it isn't. God made the world, and it is good. As the church tells us in the Catechism, "Because creation comes forth from God's goodness, it shares in that goodness". There is evil in the world, and the world suffers from the punishment for sins, just as people do; (see Romans 1:18-32) but we should maintain that the world itself is good. The fact that Jesus became a man to deliver us from evil actually confirms that human life in this world is a good thing, worthy of his sacrifice.
Richard's Galatians Chapter 1 comment on 9/27/2013, 9:05pm...
I keep hearing all of Christendom say, the cross, the cross, that is all we need. That isn't exactly correct. At the cross Christ sealed forever His entire sufferings of 33-1/2 years on this earth...from the cradle to the grave. The major ones, the wilderness, and in the Garden of Gethsemane. His early years protected to some degree by the Heavenly Angels, but when He laid down the carpentry tools for the last time, the gloves were off, satan had unfettered access to Him. By the time of the cross all decisions had been made. Just as we seal our eternal life or death, by our death, so Christ sealed forever His works in our behalf...that includes the Righteousness that God requires for each of us to enter the Kingdom of God, Heaven. So, God requires Perfect and Absolute Obedience, but man has this not to give, therefore, Christ lived a Perfect Life that He Imputes unto us, and His Father and ours declares us Righteous based upon the Perfect Life of Christ, a life that He lived in our place.
Quindell Doyle's Galatians Chapter 1 comment on 9/11/2013, 2:43pm...
Salvation is through Jesus Christ and him only. We have to put our faith in Christ and he will save you.
DK's Galatians Chapter 1 comment on 9/05/2013, 6:30am...
As concerning Galatians, Chpt One.. Robert is exactly right.
It is what Christ did at Calvary that Saves Us Completely (It is "Finished"..).. We are Justified by our Faith in what Christ did at the Cross at Cavalry (Rom 4-25; Rom 5-16&18), We are "Born Again" (Rom. Cpt 6: 3-5 by Christ's Finished work at the Cross...And we are "Sanctified" by our Exclusive Faith in Jesus and what was accomplished at the Cross. Paul preached "Christ and Him Crucified". He said " For I determined not to know anything among you save Jesus Christ and Him Crucified" 1Cor.Chpt2-Vs2. "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel not with wisdom of words lest the Cross of Christ should be made to None effect. For the preaching (message) of the Cross is to them who perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved, it is the Power of God"(1Cor.Chp1-vs 17-18)---Paul is saying here that the Power of God, which is the Holy Spirit, comes through what Christ did at the Cross exclusively.. AND that "The Gospel IS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED".. which is where our Faith in that Finished Work brings us to Salvation, Justification, Sanctification and VICTORY..
VERGIE MAYES's Galatians Chapter 1 comment about verse 2 on 8/10/2013, 2:40pm...
Galilations all people on the same accord with God. In Jesus Name
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