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Enemies of the Preacher Gal 4:12-18

Galatians 4:12-18 Enemies of The Preacher CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

Paul was trying to help the Galatians but they were really having a hard time with the legalists that caused them to turn away from the gospel and Paul.  They lost their love for him.  Watch:

Be as I am (v. 22) Liberty, not under the law – I am as ye are – we’re sons – ye have not injured me at all

My Infirmity of the flesh (v.13)

    1. I Cor 2:3-5, thorn
    2. II Cor 11:23-28
    3. As much beating he took; their reaction couldn’t hurt him at all

My temptation in flesh ye despised not (v. 14)

    1. II Cor 12:1-10
    2. Received me as angel, as Christ
    3. Acts 27:23; II Cor 5:20; Mt 10:40; I Th 2:13; Acts 6:15; I Sam 25:9

Where is your Blessedness? (v. 15)

    1. You would have plucked out your eyes for me
    2. Acts 9:8,18 probably had a sight impediment
    3. Gal 6:11 (large letter)
    4. Salutations/ he dictated his letters

Am I your Enemy because I tell you the truth (v. 16)

    1. II Cor 12:15
    2. The more I love you, the less I’m loved
    3. II Tim 4:3-4
    4. I Ki 21:20

They Exclude you (v. 17)

    1. Matt 23:15
    2. They compass Land and Sea to make one proselyte

Good to be zealous (v. 18)

    1. Rev 3:19
    2. And not only when I am present with you, Phil 2:12
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From Servants to Sons Gal 4:1-11

Galatians 4:1-11 From Servants to Sons  CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

In Gal 4:1-11, Paul explains the law versus real salvation.  This time he uses the child/father relationship and subsequent inheritance to explain the difference.

The Illustration (v. 1-2) The heir of an estate eventually becomes the lord of the estate at the time his father appoints. But until then, he is no different than a servant because he has rules he has to obey administered by tutors and governors.  So a child = a servant

The Relation (v. 3) You can relate.  Same with you personally. When you were  children, you had to obey your parents and those they put in charge of  you: governor or governess in a rich family to take care of kids (Sound of Music)

The Result when the Son is old enough not to serve he is no longer a Servant and he is no longer a Child under tutor, he is given [II Cor 3:17] liberty – according to Jn 8:32-44, Jews thought sonship was by natural birth and keeping the law – Doesn’t make sense when a person is finally old enough to get out of doing chores that he does them like he still has to – Obeying rules is like obeying tutors and governors – no way, the son is grown out of that – he has reached the Time appointed of the Father

The Explanation

    1. You were a servant because you had to keep the law – you didn’t “know Him” (v.8)
    1. Now you are a son (v. 9a)
    1. Why do you want to go back to being a servant again? (v. 9b)
    1. That is what you are doing when you go back and observe days (v. 10)


    1. My work is a total waste if you are going back under the law
    2. Gal 2:2
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Five Heresies Gal 3:23-29

Galatians 3:23-29 Five Heresies CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

Paul reveals the truth of justification by faith and the Fact that one Christ came; we could be justified by faith and get out from under the schoolmaster which was the law.  But the result of his revelation has led some preachers and teachers into heresies who have either changed up these verses or misinterpreted them.  Here is the rundown:

  1. By faith under law (v. 23)
    1. II Cor 3:14-18
    2. Certainly had faith in Old Testament  (Heb 11) but not like we do in Christ
    3. No way faith in Christ before Calvary
    4. Peter and other disciples didn’t even believe it
  2. Law is a Schoolmaster (v. 24)
    1. Lead to Christ
    2. Justified by faith
    3. Gal 3:11
  3. Faith no more schoolmaster (v. 25)
    1. Rom 6:12-14
  4. Child by faith (v. 26)
    1. Jn 1:12
    2. I Jn 3:1-2
  5. Baptized into Christ (v. 27)
    1. I Cor 12:13
    2. Eph 2:6
  6. One in Christ (v. 28)
    1. Jn 17:21
  7. Christ’s, Abraham’s, heirs
    1. Rom 8:15-17

 Now for the heresies:

  1. Anti-nomianism – no law, lawless (v. 25)
    1. But Rom 13:6-10
    2. Rom 13:1-4
    3. I Pet 2:17
  2. Fatherhood of God, Brotherhood of Man (v. 26)
    1. “Are children of God”
    2. “No” – by faith in Jesus Christ
    3. Jn 8:44
    4. Acts 13:10
    5. I Jn 3:10
  3. Baptismal Regeneration (v. 27)
    1. 7 Baptisms
    2. “Saved by water”
    3. I Cor 12:13
    4. Rom 6:3-6
    5. Col 2:10-11
    6. Acts 10:44-48
  4. One world and gender neutral (v. 28)
    1. Homosexual
    2. Bond, I Tim 6:1-4
    3. Male/Female, Rom 16, Men and Women
  5. Postmillennialism (v. 29)
    1. Promises to Jesus fulfilled in Church
    2. But Rom 11:25-26
    3. Heb 8

All these come from messing with Scripture instead of simply BELIEVING WHAT IS SAYS.

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The Covenant with Abraham Gal 3:15-22

Galatians 3:15-22 The Covenant With Abraham CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

  1. The Covenants
    1. Man’s covenant
    2. God with Abraham
  2. Confirmation of the Covenant
    1. Confirmed
  1. “Back it up” – appears
  2. “Bear it out” – born
  3. Isaac, Ishmael, Gen 25 with Rebekah
  4. Promises made, Gen 13:14-17
  5. Righteousness, spiritual and physical
  6. Land, Gen. 15:18
  7.  Gen. 15:4-7
  8. Rom 10:4
  9. Lk 16:16
  10. Acts 7:53
    1. Everlasting covenant, Gen 17:8,19
    2. Lord appeared, 17:1
    3. Lord went up, 17:22
    4. Therefore, no man annuleth or addeth
  1. The Promise of the Covenant
    1. Abraham and seed (v. 16)
    1. Seed and land
    1. Seed, righteousness, and land
  1. The Seed of the Covenant
    1. Seed = Christ
    2. Had to be Jesus because Isaac didn’t live forever; needed Life
    3. Covent confirmed before of God in Christ  (v. 17)
    4. His appearance, Gen 17
    5. His birth, Matt 1:1
  2. The Law
    1. The law 430 and later
    2. Cannot annul
    3. Promise no effect
    4. Ex 12:40-41
  3. The Inheritance (v. 18)
    1. If inheritance is of law, then no more of promise
    2. God to Abraham by promise
  4. The End of Law (v. 19)
    1. So why law? Added because of transgressions
    2. Rom 4:15– make peculiar people, Ex 19:5
    3. Till seed come (promise)
  1. The Ordination of the Law
    1. Ordained (ordain = proclaim, lay down, command, establish) by Angels
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The Just Shall Live By Faith Gal. 3:7-14

Galatians 3: 7-14 The Just Shall Live By Faith CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

In this passage, Paul shows the difference between living by faith and living by the law.  The big difference is that religion is “DO” and salvation is “DONE.”


  1. Become a child of  Abraham (v.  7 )
    1. Rom 4:11, father of all them that believe
    2. Rom 4:16-17
  2. Are justified with Abraham (v. 8 )
    1. Rom 4:5; 5:1
    2. Scripture foreseeing, preached, raised up, Rom 9:17
    3. Gospel unto Abraham, Jn 8:56
    4. Heb 11:19
    5. Nations blessed – showing more than Jews get in and if so, then Rom 2:28-29
    6. Not by laws
  3. Are blessed with Abraham (v. 9)
    1. Rom 4:13, heir


  1. Put yourself under a curse (v. 10)
    1. Rom 4:15, worketh wrath
    2. Rom 3:19
  2. Cannot be justified (v. 11)
    1. Rom 3:20
    2. Gal 2:16
    3. Football: keep all the rules, but step out of bounds on a pass, and it is “no good”
  3. Cannot live by faith (v. 12)
    1. Rom 4:14
    2. Rom 10:3-10
    3. Faith: believe something is so
    4. Law: you don’t believe
  4. Why is that so? (v. 13)
    1. Christ has already redeemed us from the curse
    2. II Cor 5:20-21
    3. Jn 3:18, 36
    4. Rom 8:3-4
  5. So come to Christ by faith and receive promise of the Spirit (v. 14)
    1. Rom 7:5-6
    2. Rom 8:9-13


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Frustrating the Grace of God Gal. 2:11-21

Galatians 2:11-21 Frustrating the Grace of God CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO


One thing Paul protected with his life was the liberty that we have in our salvation as a result of grace.  He wasn’t going to let anyone, not even Peter, put any strings on the Christians to make them think that they are in any way justified by keeping any part of the law.  If it meant the public reprimand of Peter, he was up to the job.  In this passage, we see a clear distinction between the law and GRACE.



  1. Fear of man (v. 12)
    1. Prov 29:25
  2. Hypocrisy (v. 13)
    1. Matt 23
    2. Rom 3:19
  3. Division in the Body of Christ (v. 14)
    1. Gal 3:27-28
    2. Eph 2:13-15
    3. I Cor 10:32
    4. As if Jews were better
  4. Guaranteed Transgression (v. 18)
    1. I Jn 3:4
    2. Jas 2:10
  5. Death Judicially (v. 19)
    1. Rom 3:20
    2. Rom 7:8-9, killed men
    3. Rom 6:1-9
    4. Rom 7:1-4
    5. Col2:10-11
  6. Frustration in Grace (v. 21)
    1. Rom 10:1-4


  1. Justification by faith (v. 16)
    1. Judicial transaction declared not guilty
    2. Rom 5:1
    3. Rom3:28, 30;3:24; 4:5; 5:9
    4. Therefore free, Col 2:13
  2. Spiritual life (v. 20)
    1. Jn 3:5
    2. Jn 10:10
    3. Jn 4:14
    4. I Jn 5:12
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The Council at Jerusalem Gal. 2:1-10

Galatians 2:110 The Council at Jerusalem CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

There is a big push to get the Gentile converts back under the law

  1. Get saved, Acts 15:1
  2. Stay saved, Acts 15:5

Paul was going to be sure that the gospel of grace could withstand any attempt by men to impose bondage on his converts.  The big deal at this conference was circumcision of the Gentile converts.  If Paul succumbed to the pressure imposed by the Jews to circumcise these converts then there was no limit to what the Jews would do to put the Gentiles under the whole law and literally cause them to put aside the grace of God.  So here is what happened.

Paul went toJerusalem with Barnabas and Titus (v. 1)

    1. Barnabas, Acts 4:36-37
  1.    i.  Son consolation
  2.   ii. Early in church, Acts9:26-27
  3.  iii. Aided Paul inJerusalem, Acts 11:22-26
  4. iv. Checked outAntiochand preached with Paul
  5.  v. Face Peter, James, and John
  6. vi. Missions with Paul, Acts 13:1-2
  7.  i. Gentile convert, Titus 1:4
  8. ii. Greek (v. 3)
  9. iii.  ________, II Cor 8:23
  10. iv. Same steps, II Cor 12:18
  11.  i. Romans 11:13,15:16
    1. Titus
  1. Paul explained to the council the gospel that Christ revealed to him (v. 2a)
    1. Abundant revelation, II Cor 12:7
    2. Revelation of Jesus, Gal 1:12
    3. By revelation made know they mystery, Eph       3:3
    4. Peter saw it at Cornelius but not revealed until Acts 10:44 and Act 11
  2. Paul held a private conference with the big shots (v. 2b)
    1. To general council and then separate meeting, Acts 15:12
    2. Richard Cameron backed out on KJV and went to the NIV
  3. Result: Titus wasn’t circumcised (v. 3)
    1. Proof that the Jews consented
    2. Paul circumcised Timothy in Acts 16:4-3 because of the Jews but not Titus because of the Gentiles
  4. False brethren came to spy and subvert them (v. 4)
    1. Matt 23:14-15
    2. II Pet 2:2
    3. Bondage after saved – JW, Mormon, 7th  Day – RCC
    4. Baptized by the Holy Ghost, tongues
  5. Paul ignored the false brethren (v. 5)
    1. II Pet 3:16
    2. _____ to destruction
  6. They added nothing that perfected the gospel (v. 6)
    1. II Cor 11:3
    2. Paul explained this in Rom 2:6-14
  7. The council acknowledged the same gospel but recognized different ministries -Jews and Gentiles (v. 7-8)
    1. Paul to Gentiles
    1. Peter to Jews
  1. Paul and Barnabas on it with Peter, James, and John (v. 9)
  2. They were instructed to remember the poor  (v. 10)
    1. They did
    2. I Cor 16:1-2
    3. II Cor 8-9
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From Persecutor to Preacher Gal 1:13-24

Galatians 1:13-24 From Persecutor to Preacher CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

Paul gave the Galatians some of his personal testimony in this passage because they had willingly decided to follow different preachers who had changed the gospel and had put them under a legalistic religion instead of the true liberty in Christ.  His authority to preach the true gospel to them was much better than the false preachers they were following because of his zeal as a Jew, his personal call from God, his revelation from Jesus, his truthfulness, his conviction, and his desire to glorify God.  None of the guys that had come after him could hold a candle to him.  So let’s look at Paul’s testimony:

His reputation among Christians (Gal. 1:13) – He offended the church of God [1 Cor 10:32].  He persecuted the church of God (his body).  He wreaked havoc on the church [Acts 8:1-4]. When he persecuted the church he persecuted the Lord [Acts 9:1,13,21].

His religious zeal among the Jews (Gal 1:14) – Phil 3:4-6

His sanctified call from God (Gal 1:15) – From my mom’s womb – not “in” – but God certainly knew he wanted him.  Acts 9:6, 15-16, “Called”

His divine revelation from Jesus (Gal 1:16) – Acts 9:20-22.  Col 1:24-29

His supernatural preparation alone (Gal 1:17) – I conferred not with flesh and blood.  He went to Arabia–Mt.Sinai.  Mt. Sinai represents New Jerusalem [Gal 4:24-25].  Jesus, Moses, and Elijah fasted on Mt. Sinai.  Ps 69:8.  Mk 6:3.  He learned at the feet of Jesus.

His short meetings with Peter and James (Gal 1:18-19) – meeting with Peter symbolizes anti-popery.  Meeting with James was simply meeting with his brother.

Factual letter to the Galatians (Gal 1:20) – I lie not and it is an oath BY GOD.  Eph 2:16.  Eph 4:25

His evangelistic trips to Syria, Cilicia, Judea (Gal 1:21) – Acts 9:28 at Jerusalem but not at Judea.  Acts 9:30 with Acts 15:23-26.  Getting churches started here, not under the law, no way to confer with apostles there (they stayed in Jerusalem).

His complete conversion in Christ (Gal 1:22) – Major change, II Cor 5:17.  From Satan to the power of God.  Acts 26:18.

His glorious testimony for God (Gal 1:23-24) – II Cor 9:13.  Matt 5:16

Conclusion: Have you changed enough that everyone can tell?  Does your life bring glory to God?  Are you trying to win souls?  Can you be truthful with your testimony?  Are you preparing in fellowship with God?  Do you know what God wants you to do?


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The Gospel of Jesus Gal 1:6-12

Galatians 1:6-12 The Gospel of Jesus CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

In Galatians 1:6-12, when Paul writes about the gospel, he is speaking specifically about the gospel that was:

Revealed by Jesus Christ (Gal 1:12) – notice the difference between the gospel following the ascension of Jesus Christ and the preaching of Jesus Christ during his earthly ministry.  In Matt 19:16-17, Jesus told the rich ruler to keep the commandments.  But in Acts 16:30-31, Paul and Silas told the Philippian jailer to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.  The gospel is found in 1 Cor 15:1-4, and it is simply the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.  This gospel was revealed to Paul by Jesus 1 Cor 15:1-4, Eph 3:3-6.  It was not revealed by man (Gal 1:12).  Some men who have made u[ their own version of the gospel are:

  • Chas Taze Russell – Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • Alex Campbell, Origen – Church of Christ
  • Joseph Smith – Mormon
  • Ellen G. White – 7th Day Adventist – out of the Millerite movement
  • Mary Baker Eddy – Christian Science

Preached by Paul (Gal 1:8) – this is the gospel that Paul preached as well as others like Peter and Apollos (1 Cor 1:12).  But there were some who trying to put the Galatians back under law [Acts 15].  Paul said that we are not to follow another gospel even if it is preached by an angel from heaven [notice there will be an angel preaching the “everlasting” gospel during the Tribulation (Rev 14:6-7)].  Salvation in our gospel is free [Eph 2:8-9] through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on Calvary [Col 1:14].

Received by the Galatians (Gal 1:9) – according to Acts 18:23, there were disciples in Galatia.  And according to Gal 1:2, there were churches there.

Now following their salvation, there were some men who came in preaching another gospel. They perverted the Gospel of Christ.  This perverted gospel is:

Gospel Obstructing (Gal 1:6) – it causes those who follow it to be Removed from him that called you.  The goal of the gospel is to conform us to Christ [Rom 8:29].  A perverted gospel will conform you to man [Titus 1:10-14].

Saint Troubling (Gal 1:7) – Paul spoke of “Some that trouble you.”  They put the Galatians back under a yoke.  They did this by putting them back under the law and trying to make them Jews [Acts 15:9-11; Gal 5:4; Gal 2:11-14].

Preacher Cursing (Gal 1:8-9) – Paul said of anyone preaching a perverted gospel, “Let him be accursed.”  They cannot escape the damnation of hell [Matt 23:15, 33].  Addressing preachers, Jesus said, “depart from me, ye that work iniquity,” [Matt 7:21-23].

Men Pleasing (Gal 1:10) – a preacher whose objective is to please men is not the servant of Christ.  We not to be menpleasers [Eph 6:6].  We are not to love the praise of men [Jn 12:43].  You cannot receive honor from God while seeking honor from men [Jn 5:41-45].  When you start seeking approval from men, you are washed out!

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The Gifts of Jesus Christ Gal 1:1-5

Gal 1:1-5 The Gifts of Jesus Christ CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

The gifts of Jesus to us are many.  In the first five verses of Galatians 1 we find that the Lord gave:

Apostleship to Paul (Gal 1:1) – according to Eph 4:8-16, the function of this gift was to benefit and strengthen the church.  Paul said that he was the least of the apostles because he had persecuted the church of God [1 Cor 15:8-9].

Churches to Saints (Gal 1:2) – we are blessed to have local churches where we can assemble, fellowship and minister with other believers.  There were several churches in Galatia.  Galatia is a region in Turkey.  When you and I get saved, we are baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ.

Grace to You (Gal 1:3) – we are told to come boldly to God’s throne of grace to obtain mercy and grace to help in time of need [Heb 4:16].  Grace gives you God’s strength when you work.  Jesus said, “Without me ye can do nothing,” [Jn 15:5].

Peace to You (Gal 1:3) – peace is on part of the fruit of the Spirit [Gal 5:22-23].  When we pray and supplicate with thanksgiving, God gives us his peace which passes all understanding [Phil 4:6-7].

Himself to You (Gal 1:4) – he gave himself for our sins.  God gave Jesus Christ to the world so that we could believe on him and be saved [Jn 3:16].  When you have the Son you have life [1 Jn 5:12].  Matt 1:21 says that his name is Jesus because he saves us from our sins.  He bore our sins in his own body on the tree [1 Pet 2:24].

Deliverance to You (Gal 1:4) – he delivered us from this present EVIL WORLD.  We are not to love this world [1 Jn 2:15-17].  Friendship with the world is enmity with God [Jas 4:4].  And this is the will of God that we be separated and delivered from the world.

Glory to God (Gal 1:5) – giving glory to God is what we are supposed to be doing [1 Cor 10:31].  See also Rom 15:5-9.

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