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Galatians Chapter 1

GALATIA

(Acts 16:6 [KJV])
Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,

(Acts 18:23 [KJV])
And after he had spent some time [there], he departed, and went over [all] the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.

(1 Corinthians 16:1 [KJV])
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.

(Galatians 1:2 [KJV])
And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:

(Galatians 3:1 [KJV])
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

(2 Timothy 4:10 [KJV])
For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

(1 Peter 1:1 [KJV])
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

GALATIANS, CHAPTER 1

(Galatians 1:1 [KJV])
Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)

  • This calling shows the Sovereignty of God
  • Like salvation, apostleship was a calling, not earned
  • This also says clearly God the Father raised Jesus the Son from the dead
  • Paul had no hands laid on him, no prayers to enter the ministry, and was called personally by God on the road to Damascus, uniquely

(Galatians 1:2 [KJV])
And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:

  • Paul was not ever really alone without some companionship and support, except maybe when he was in chains
  • Letters which are written to churches means to congregations of people, not to church buildings. To people groups, in homes.

(Galatians 1:3 [KJV])
Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

  • This is a typical benediction from Paul in his writings
  • Without grace, there can be no peace. The grace from God is towards us as salvation from wrath

(Galatians 1:4 [KJV])
Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

  • "God and our Father" is God the Son and God our Father. The Deity of Christ, right there.
  • Jesus Christ the Righteous Son exercised His Divine Will; God the Father exercised His
  • The purpose? Remove us from this evil, sin-stained world, this evil generation, to save mankind from a fiery hell, from His Divine Wrath
    • (Galatians 1:4 [KJV])
      Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

      Galatians 1:4 ([NKJV])
      who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

  • This is a direct attack on the Deity of the LORD Jesus Christ!
  • God and our Father is God the Son and God our Father (two people) not the same as our God and Father (one person, the Father only)-NOT EVEN CLOSE!
  • This is a vile, putrid, disgusting, wicked, evil and cheap imitation passing itself off as the Word of God. It is not!

(Galatians 1:5 [KJV])
To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

  • And AMEN!
  • To Whom........which is God in three persons, and not us, not our glory.
  • Today, that has to be added, because of mainstream "Christianity".

(Galatians 1:6 [KJV])
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

  • Apparently the apostasy is the same today as then.......soon after.
  • Apostasy is merely just falling away

APOSTASY: THEN AND NOW, THEN, AS NOW

Matthew 13:1-9:
The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

That was then. Now, later...

(2 Timothy 3:1-9 [KJV])
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,1 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all [men], as theirs also was.

INCON'TINENT, a. [L. incontinens.] Not restraining the passions or appetites, particularly the sexual appetite; indulging lust without restraint or in violation of law; unchaste; lewd. 1. Unable to restrain discharges. In the sense of immediate or immediately,obs. INCON'TINENT, n. One who is unchaste.

Even later, as in today...and in the future...

(Revelation 3:14-22 [KJV])
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

  • Romans chapter one tells the process downward.
  • Jesus talked about those who actually rejected the Gospel message.
  • Paul here in Galatians one is talking about saved individuals who simply walk away, are deceived by the world, by false teachers, etc.
  • While it has happened consistently for two thousand years now, it is certainly ramping up now in the west.

(Galatians 1:7 [KJV])
Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

  • Another gospel, any other gospel, is a perversion.
  • Evidently there abounded heretics, messengers from the enemy, spreading bad seed along the wayside for the birds, and some where the weeds choked their personal growth

(Galatians 1:8-9 [KJV])
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

  • This eliminates most cults right here
  • Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Islam, Seventh Day Adventism, etc. all say they got their "gospel" (another gospel) from an angel, which was actually a fallen angel
  • This "another gospel" is always a works-based salvation
  • These people in Galatia were getting it from men
  • Paul said to let them all be accursed, false teachers from men or false teachers from the angels, no matter which.
  • It is so important he repeats it immediately!

(Galatians 1:10 [KJV])
For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

  • It is only one or the other-men or GOD
  • Menpleasers cannot serve God
  • Mankind is fallen, sinful, at enmity, at odds, with God, His Word and His plan of salvation

(Galatians 1:11 [KJV])
But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

  • Paul pleased God, by serving God first, and mankind second
  • Paul was not even given the Gospel by mankind, but uniquely by God through direct revelation on the Damascus road.

(Galatians 1:12 [KJV])
For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

  • Direct Revelation from God was how Paul got the true Gospel in Acts chapter 9
  • Therefore, this can only be the one true Gospel message; all others are false.

(Galatians 1:13 [KJV])
For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:

  • Conversation here simply means behavior
  • Paul persecuted many Christians, some to death.
  • Paul further, elsewhere claimed that he was the worst on earth at this sinful life
  • If anyone understand the Law, it is a Pharisee
  • If anyone understand grace, it is a murderer allowed forgiveness

(1 Timothy 1:15 [KJV])
This [is] a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

(Galatians 1:14 [KJV])
And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

  • Being very religious
  • Zeal, ambition, goals, talent, money, power. The world is your oyster-and you are lost, dead to God.

(Galatians 1:15 [KJV])
But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,

  • Paul's previous zealotry was not pleasing to God, as he says here.
  • There is no possibility of any works-based salvation, and this verse adds strength to that, as does the entire letter to Galatia
  • God called him from the moment he was born, and separated all of us, everyone, ever born, from our mothers at birth

(Galatians 1:16 [KJV])
To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

  • Ministry to us Gentiles, the humble heathens.
  • Calling Paul meant to reveal Himself to us through Paul
  • This would be through Paul's witness of his transformed life and his preaching both
  • The phrase "flesh and blood" here can either mean all men, or the Jews, his kindred
  • Not with flesh and blood can only mean led by the Spirit, by Revelation from God alone, personally, directly
  • Either way, a person following the LORD does not have to always consult men, and especially men who are legalistic, heretics, apostate, etc.
  • Called of God, uniquely, not needing the approval of men, no recognition, no praise

(Galatians 1:17 [KJV])
Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.

  • Having been called of God already, Paul did not need to have hands laid on him to be commissioned to ministry.

ARABIA, IN SCRIPTURE

(1 Kings 10:15 [KJV])
Beside [that he had] of the merchantmen, and of the traffick of the spice merchants, and of all the kings of Arabia, and of the governors of the country.

(2 Chronicles 9:14 [KJV])
Beside [that which] chapmen and merchants brought. And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon.

(2 Chronicles 17:11 [KJV])
Also [some] of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, and tribute silver; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand and seven hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven hundred he goats.

(2 Chronicles 21:16 [KJV])
Moreover the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines, and of the Arabians, that [were] near the Ethiopians:

(2 Chronicles 22:1 [KJV])
And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son king in his stead: for the band of men that came with the Arabians to the camp had slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned.

(2 Chronicles 26:7 [KJV])
And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims.

(Nehemiah 2:19 [KJV])
But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard [it], they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What [is] this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king?

(Nehemiah 4:7 [KJV])
But it came to pass, [that] when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, [and] that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth,

(Nehemiah 6:1 [KJV])
Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and [that] there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;)

(Isaiah 13:20 [KJV])
It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.

(Isaiah 21:13 [KJV])
The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travelling companies of Dedanim.

(Jeremiah 3:2 [KJV])
Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.

(Jeremiah 25:24 [KJV])
And all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mingled people that dwell in the desert,

(Ezekiel 27:21 [KJV])
Arabia, and all the princes of Kedar, they occupied with thee in lambs, and rams, and goats: in these [were they] thy merchants.

(Acts 2:11 [KJV])
Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

(Galatians 1:17 [KJV])
Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.

(Galatians 4:25 [KJV])
For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

  • From the beginning it was always a monarchy (1 Kings 10:15, 2 Chronicles 9:14)
  • Always had wealth of gold, silver, livestock (2 Chronicles 9:14, 2 Chronicles 17:11)
  • Nearly always was against Israel (2 Chronicles 21:16, 22:1, 26:7, Nehemiah 2:19, 4:7, 6:1)
  • It was accursed of God (Isaiah 13:20, 21:13) and still is to this day, with no indication that that will ever change

(Galatians 1:18 [KJV])
Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.

  • Three years....the time that Jesus roughly spent with His disciples, teaching them
  • God spent three years discvipling Paul here
  • Peter was all who he spent time with here

(Galatians 1:19 [KJV])
But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.

  • Here is proof beyond question that Jesus had brothers (he also had sisters)
  • This goes against the perpetual (and perpetuated)"Eternal Virgin Mary" lie of the Catholic heirarchy

(Matthew 13:53-58 [KJV])
And it came to pass, [that] when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence. And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this [man] this wisdom, and [these] mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this [man] all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.

(Mark 6:3 [KJV])
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

(John 11:3 [KJV])
Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.

(Galatians 1:21-22-23 [KJV])
Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ: But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.

  • "Unknown by the face", meaning no one they knew of persecuted by Saul in Jerusalem? Friends, relatives? Probably someione knew someone who had been and, when they had known it was Paul, formerly Saul, they knew someone who waspersecutedc by him
  • But "unto the churches" means he visited congregations, presumably giving his own testimony

(Galatians 1:24 [KJV])
And they glorified God in me.

  • I tell you what. What glory that he who had once destroyed those who were in the faith in Christ was now in Christ!

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