Galatians: “The Gospel of Life”

Galatians 1:1-5 (ESV)

Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers who are with me, 

To the churches in Galatia:

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. Amen.

Galatians 1:6-7 (ESV)

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.

How do we become godly?

Genesis 2:8-9 (ESV)

And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 2:16-17 (ESV)

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Genesis 3:1-7 (ESV)

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

WHERE IS OUR FOCUS?

  • What we can do.
  • What Jesus has done.

John 5:39-40 (ESV)

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.

WHERE IS OUR FOCUS?

  • Getting God’s approval.
  • Receiving God’s love.

Romans 5:8 (ESV)

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 John 4:19 (ESV)

19 We love because he first loved us.

WHERE IS OUR FOCUS?

External duty

or

Internal desire

1 John 5:3, 12 (ESV)

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

How do I choose the Gospel of life?

1.  Fall in love with Jesus.

John 14:15 (NIV)

15 If you love me, you will obey what I command.

  • Obedience does not create love.
  • Love produces obedience.

Which side of the comma do we live on?

2.  Reject condemnation.

Romans 8:1–2 (ESV)

1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

3.  Choose every day.

Deuteronomy 30:19 (ESV)

19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life.

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