There are lots of reports of the great things our church is getting out of our Galatians study. God’s word is so good. The prayer of our elders and all our leaders is that this Sunday you will be strengthened greatly in the gospel as you worship and hear God’s word taught. Here’s something for you to do that will open the door for the Holy Spirit to grow you even more.
Take some time this weekend to read over the sermon text and pray for the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to the good news of Galatians. The text to be covered is Galatians 2:11-21. Just look at the huge truths the Holy Spirit has revealed waiting for us there.
Though it is obvious believers must avoid false gospels, even the great Apostle Peter got swept up in the false teaching. If anyone knew the truth it was Peter and yet he got led astray. And look at what verse thirteen says, “even Barnabas was led astray.” Barnabas was the one God used to help Paul get established in the gospel. How could he be led astray? This should show all of us how easy it is for any of us to be swept into a false gospel too. We must stand guard and watch ourselves and our families closely!
And there’s also great clarification. What about the law? Does God expect people to keep the law before they can be saved? Were the Old Testament Hebrews saved by keeping the law? No! The text explains this very clearly.
And then there’s also this powerful, spiritual truth found in verse twenty. “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And 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.” This is how the gospel transformed Paul and transforms all who believe. We are confident now that Christ is actually living inside us! We no longer fear what people think of us or concern ourselves with pleasing people. Our lives, our bodies are no longer ours. We have been crucified with Christ and belong to Him now. There is a deeply spiritual truth here – “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” This is the new life, new identity that God has given to us.
Pray for God to reveal this truth more clearly to you now and as we worship together on Sunday. There are many evidences in many of our church that God is taking believers deeper and deeper into the gospel truth and bearing much fruit through their lives.
Galatians is good news!!