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2/9/2014

The Network of Faith
Galatians 1:1-5
1. Paul (v1a) (The Divine Message validates ministry)

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2. The brethren with Him / the churches of Galatia (v1b-2) (Trust in God Alone, not in Self)

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3. God the Father (v1, 3) (Resurrection initiates a new order)

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4. The Lord Jesus Christ (v1, 4-5) (He gave Himself for us)

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The Network of Faith
Galatians 1:1-5
In Paul’s introduction to the letter to the Galatian churches, he introduces the major players in the book and at the same time introduces the major themes of the book. We are going to look at each player and the theme related to that player.

1. Paul (v1a) (The Divine Message validates ministry)
Paul calls himself an apostle. He was sent out to spread the Good News But v1 says he was not sent out by men A theme throughout this book is God’s seal of approval on His apostles How we can tell that God approves of the messenger is to look at the message 1:8-9, anyone not carrying the accurate message of Jesus isn’t approved 1:11-12, this is not man’s gospel, but a revelation of Jesus 1:15, God selects Paul to carry His message 1:16-17, Paul did not look for human approval to begin his ministry 2:2, Paul seeks approval, not of his ministry, but of his message 2:11,14, Paul condemns Peter, not for his ministry, but for his message 3:12-14, Paul preached the message during physical weakness (v16, 20)

2. The brethren with Him / the churches of Galatia (v1b-2) (Trust in God Alone, not in Self)
Paul introduces those who helped him compile this letter. v2 - “all the brothers who are with me” These would be men like Barnabas or Silas, Timothy, Titus and even James and Peter and John Paul then introduces us to his immediate audience “the churches of Galatia” Galatia is a region in what is now central Turkey. Probably stretched from the Mediterranean Sea in the south to the Black Sea in the north. I want to invite you to think about the churches of the Lehigh Valley. I want to invite you to think about the churches of the US, of the world We are one church, those who have received Jesus and His forgiveness We are a collection of churches, we are unique, we are united Paul, in welcoming in the brethren and the churches, brings up our second theme in Galatians: trust in God alone, not in self 1:1, not from men or through men, but through Jesus and God 1:10, I am not trying to please men (because others were trying it) 2:4, false brothers trying to spy our freedom and trying to enslave 2:13, genuine brothers taken in by hypocrisy 2:16, we are justified by faith in Jesus, not the works of the Law 2:21, if we are righteous through the law, Jesus died for no purpose 3:3, Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 3:22, the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given 4:9, now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world? 4:31, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman. 5:1, For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. 5:12, I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves! 6:8, For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

3. God the Father (v1, 3) (Resurrection initiates a new order)
God the Father is the next person in our network of faith. Leaders, Brothers, churches, individuals here and abroad, and now God is in our network. There are horizontal connections. Here is a vertical connection. God is the unifier that keeps us all together. He acts in our text and Paul uses this divine act as our next theme in Galatians 1:1, God the Father who raised [Jesus] from the dead. Then this resurrection becomes our own experience 2:19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. 6:15, For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. This resurrection sets up a new order for us, under a new covenant 3:26-28, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 4:24-26, Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. 5:16-18, But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

4. The Lord Jesus Christ (v1, 4-5) (He gave Himself for us)
God the Father is in our network, as is Jesus. The two are mentioned in the same breath. They are coequals. They in their family, invite us into the family as sons and daughters. Jesus acts in today’s passage, Paul uses this action as our final theme in the letter to the Galatians.

Jesus is introduced in v4 as the one “who gave Himself up for our sins to deliver us from this evil present age” 2:20-21, 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. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. 3:1, O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. 3:13, Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree” 4:19, my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you! 5:24, And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 6:14, But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

The cross and the resurrecon are the gospel. Any message that does not include the cross and the empty tomb is not the divine Gospel message Any message that puts the emphasis on what you DO instead of what JESUS HAS DONE for you is not the divine Gospel message