Receiving The Gospel Gal. 2:15-3:9 June 14, 2009
Becoming a Christian through Receiving The Gospel gives the believer several benefits. We receive
position, privilege, power, a pattern in Christ, and additionally from other Biblical characters. The Lord does not save us and then leave us alone His grace is sufficient for all our needs.
1. The Believer’s. . Position Through Receiving The Gospel. 2:15-17
A. The Justified Position . . Defined. 2:15-16
15 We are Jews by birth and not "Gentile sinners"; 16 yet we know that no one is justified by the works
of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified
by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no human being will be
B. The Justified Position . . Defended. 2:17
17 But if, while seeking to be justified by Christ, we ourselves are also found to be sinners, is Christ
then a promoter of sin? Absolutely not!
Through the gospel the believer receives the position of being justified by grace. Paul defined and defends this position. He reminds the Galatians, and us, this could never happen through a person’s ability to keep the law. I heard a minister say there are only two religions in the entire world. One says you can go to heaven through your good works. The other says salvation only comes through the grace of God applying the sacrifice of Christ to our account.
2. The Believer’s . . Privileges Through Receiving The Gospel. 2:18-21
A. The Believers Privilege Of . . Death To The Law. 2:18-19
18 If I rebuild those things that I tore down, I show myself to be a lawbreaker. 19 For through the law
I have died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ;
B. The Believers Privilege Of . . Demonstrating A Life In Christ. 2:20-21
20 and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the
Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if
righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.
On several occasions Paul used an illustration of death to share his relationship to Christ, the law, and the world. How could this be possible when the desire to live is so strong? Paul stated he was willing to die for the name of Jesus, (Acts 21:13). In addition Paul did not consider his life dear to himself, (Acts 20:24). A person alive in Christ and dead to the law and the world will accomplish much. In looking at Paul’s life from our perspective we see an excellent example. Paul could live this way with a strong commitment to Christ and His gospel. Of course Paul’s power and guidance came from the Holy Spirit leading him to express this kind of a commitment for the cause of Christ.
3. The Believer’s . . Power Through Receiving The Gospel. 3:1-5
A. The Believer’s Power To Keep From Being . . Bewitched By A False Gospel. 3:1-2
3:1 Who has hypnotized you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was vividly portrayed as crucified?
2. I only want to learn this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by hearing with
B. The Believer’s Power To Keep From Being . . Bothered By A False Gospel. 3:3
3. Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now going to be made complete by the
C. The Believer’s Power To Keep From Being . . Bewildered By A False Gospel. 3:4-5
4 Did you suffer so much for nothing—if in fact it was for nothing? 5 So then, does God supply you
with the Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law or by hearing with faith?
Some of the Galatians were bewitched, bothered and bewildered by the Judaizer’s false gospel. They emphasized circumcision and other Jewish rituals. Paul stressed these additions to the gospel were not necessary. He emphasized believers received the Holy Spirit of God as a gift. He does not fill believers of the false gospel. It does not provide God’s Spirit; He only comes when one receives Jesus by faith apart from works. The number one miracle is salvation. What did Jesus do in order to provide a miracle of healing? He simply asked for it or commanded it to happen. What did he do to cause salvation? He lived a sinless life, suffered terrible pain, died and rose again, ever living to make intercession for those who receive Him through His gospel. Don’t be bothered by Judaizers of yesterday or today!
4. The Believer’s . . Pattern Through Receiving The Gospel. 3:6-9
A. The Believer’s Pattern From A . . Biblical Example. 3:6-8a
6 Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness, 7 so understand that
those who have faith are Abraham's sons. 8 Now the Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles
by faith and foretold the good news to Abraham, . . .”
B. The Believer’s Pattern From The . . Blessing Through Abraham. 3:8b-9
“. . . saying, All the nations will be blessed in you. 9 So those who have faith are blessed with Abraham, who had faith.
Our text emphasizes the faith of Abraham and in so many words calls those in the “faith” children of his blessing. Most of those who read these comments will not be Jews but Gentiles. Did you realize God told Abraham about us? On the authority of verses 7-9 you and I who obtained the blessing from Receiving The Gospel by faith may be called the sons of Abraham. Amen? Amen!