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The Non-conformist Apostle


Chapter 1:11-24

V.11-12 “For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Why this tremendous concern by the apostle that the Galatians understand that he was not sent by man, nor was his doctrine, the gospel, taught him by men? He must be aware of a great danger in the instrumentality and manipulation of men, which can invade and influence the church. It is happening in these new churches and the potential is fatal in the lives of those, whom these invaders had deceived.   

Paul knew so well the ways of the Jewish rabbis from past experience. Notice the word now in verse 10… “Am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God?” In his former religion, he sought the approval of men, but now that ambition had ended. Previously he sought to gain the approval of men, because he derived his authority from them and advanced through their approval.

Are You Christ’s Servant?


En expository Bible study in Galatians

Paul stoned and left for dead in Listra, Galatia
We begin an expositional Bible study of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. It is simply the Apostle Paul’s powerful argument in defense of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  It goes to the very heart and core of the Christian message, advocating saving faith and the liberty that comes through believing the truth. It declares war against legal bondage and its Judaizing proponents, who were false apostles that came from Jerusalem. They attempted to claim support from the Jerusalem Church and its apostolic leadership.

John Bunyan called Luther’s commentary on this book the greatest work outside the Bible. With the exception of Paul’s letter to the Romans, Galatians was certainly the book that best defines the Reformation. It was immensely useful in attacking Roman Catholic tyranny of that time.

We will make an attempt, most importantly, to capture the original meaning of the document, recognizing its Author, as in the case of all Scripture, to be the Holy Spirit. Whenever this is the case, we are confronted with eternal truth and spiritual principle, useful to Christians in every period of church history. Therefore, we should be able to make an application to our situation in the 21st Century. It should help us to see, whether there are parallels today with the Galatian situation and if we line up with Paul’s message.

We need to take a serious look into this inspired teaching and then make an equally serious examination of where we stand in relation to it. Finally, we will need to obtain correction and powerful help from the living Word of God, which is able to raise us above any downfall that we have experienced and remove any obstruction to the will of God that stands in our way.

To Deny the Old Testament


The whole Bible is the Word of God...Old Testament, as well as the New. Have you heard someone say that he does not study the Old Testament and that he does not want to hear Bible studies, based in the Old Testament? Now we are going to see how serious… fatal, actually… this error is.

Today, we will simply read three verses spoken by Jesus and then notice a short five-point 
commentary by Albert Barnes.

Joh 5:45  Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope.

Joh 5:46  For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.

Joh 5:47  But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?"