Perversion of the Gospel by some – Part 1 –

Galatians 1:6-10I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;

Paul was “amazed” at what he heard about the situation in the Galatians churches.  He questioned how they could be so “quickly” turning away so soon after their conversion. They had accepted the grace of Christ as the only way to salvation, but they wavered on that principle and bought into a teaching that undermined the truth of the gospel.

Salvation by grace can be attributed only to God’s work.  A requirement of anything more than faith on our part diminishes the truth that God alone can save. There is only one gospel effective for salvation, the gospel of Jesus’ death and resurrection and that a person can not contribute to their salvation. The different kind of gospel taught by the false teachers added requirements to salvation that God did not intend.

Are you sure you have been saved by faith in Jesus alone?

Henry Luke

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The Gospel is through His grace – Part 3 –

Galatians 1:3-5… who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

 Jesus voluntarily died on the cross to provide forgiveness for sins.  “Sins” mean “missing or falling short of the target” or failing to meet God’s standards for living as revealed in the Bible. It is used to indicate wrongdoing, either by actions or failure to act. The word “our” includes all people who ever lived including Paul and me.

Paul said the purpose of the sacrificial death of Jesus was to rescue us from this present evil age.  Paul did not mean Disciples would be removed from the world immediately after conversion, but delivered from the power of evil.

We live in the evil “present age” while the future “coming age” will be righteous.  Disciples live in the present age where evil abounds, but by grace through faith in Jesus, we are delivered from its power. God gave His Son as a demonstration of His sacrificial love [John 3:16], and Jesus gave His life to fulfill His Father’s will to make salvation possible.

 to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen.

To give God glory is to praise Him for His attributes and the self-sacrifice of Jesus. The recognition and celebration of God’s glory are to continue forever.

Henry Luke

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The Gospel is through His grace – Part 2 –

Galatians 1:3-5…Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,

The source of grace and peace is both the Father and the Son [Lord Jesus Christ] showing us their equality. Lord Jesus Christ“Lord”, His authority as the Son of God, [see below] “Jesus” A Savior, and “Christ” Messiah B   I have been meditating and studying these names for several months.

Wuest said “Lord C (Master, Owner) signifies that one is supreme, sovereign and possesses absolute authority, absolute ownership, and uncontested power. Jesus is referred to as Lord (Kurios) more frequently than by any other title. Lord is not merely a name that composes a title but signifies a call to action so that every saint should willingly, reverently bow down to Jesus Christ. If Christ is our Lord, we are to live under Him, consciously, continually submitting our wills to him as His loyal, loving servants, always seeking first His Kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

In the Old Testament Hebrew “Yehovah” occurs 6,825 times in 5,788 verses and is translated as Lord. kyrios” translated Lord appears in the New Testament Greek 786 times. We all need to ask ourselves “Is Jesus, my Lord?” None of us have “arrived” in this area of Jesus as Lord of our lives. And it is for that reason that Peter commands us to continually “grow in the grace (unmerited favor, the power to live the supernatural, abundant life in Jesus) and knowledge (not just intellectual but transformational knowledge) of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18)  Don’t be discouraged or quite but follow Paul’s exampleI press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” (Philippians 3:14 NLT) A  For more on the “Name” of Jesus. D

Is Jesus my Lord? Do I surrender my will to His will as I begin each day? (Romans 12:1-2 HCSB)

Footnotes: A- Jesus Source; B- Christ, Messiah Source; C- Lord, Wuest with my modifications Source;

D- “The “Name” of Jesus.  The expression the “Name” of Jesus is frequent and highly significant in New Testament usage in that it parallels the use of the name of God in the Old Testament. The early Christians had no difficulty substituting the name of Jesus for the name of God. Indeed, for them, the divine name, YHWH -Yehovah Lord, was given to Jesus, that every knee should bow to him and every tongue confesses that he is Lord (Isaiah 45:22-23, Philippians 2:9-11). New Testament believers are to live their lives in Jesus’ name just as the Old Testament believers were to live in the name of God the Lord.

People who hear the gospel and respond positively, call upon Jesus’ name for salvation (Acts 2:21), put their faith in Jesus’ name (John 1:12; 1 John 5:13), are justified (1 Corinthians 6:11) and forgiven in Jesus’ name (Acts 10:43; 1 John 2:12). Having then, life in his name (John 20:31), believers are to glorify the name of Jesus (2 Thessalonians 1:12), give thanks for and do everything in the name of Jesus (Ephesians  5:20; Colossians 3:17) and [have peace with God at salvation and then peace of God in the name of Jesus; Romans 5:1 & Philippians 4:4-7, HCL added] . Just as in the Old Testament where “the Name” of God represents the person of God and all that he is, so in the New Testament “the Name” represents all who Jesus is as Lord and Savior. Leslie R. Keylock” Source: Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology  Jesus Iesous appears 914 times in 875 verses in the Greek NT. Christ Christos appears 569 times in Greek.

Henry Luke

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 The Gospel is through His grace – Part 1 –

Galatians 1:3-5…Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,

The words grace and peace are more than a greeting, although they were commonly used in greeting people in those times. Paul reminded Disciples that God’s grace through Jesus was the source of their salvation. Paul contended that salvation came solely through grace by faith in Jesus. Grace is “God’s unmerited favor”— favor He freely gives undeserving people. It includes kindness, goodwill, and generosity.  We do not deserve His gift of salvation, and we cannot earn it, He gives it to those who believe in Jesus.

Peace is more than the absence of conflict or difficulty. Peace includes the thoughts of health, wholeness, security, contentment, satisfaction, spiritual health and well-being—everything that makes for a person’s good under God’s rule.

The sources of grace and peace are God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Henry Luke

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 Paul was appointed an Apostle by God –

Galatians 1:1-2… 1 Paul, an apostle (not sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead),

Paul said that he was an apostle—sent on a mission by God and Jesus with the authority of the senders.  Some people thought that he was not a genuine apostle like the others whose calls directly from Jesus. Here Paul said his calling to be an apostle did come from Jesus and God the Father; it came on the Damascus Road and his training directly from Jesus in Arabia A.  Paul was absolutely certain of the resurrection of Jesus, He had seen Jesus, and only a living Savior can give repentant sinners new life. Therefore Paul was insistent about the necessity of the resurrection for salvation. B  Paul was establishing his authority to write to the churches about matters of faith.

 and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:

In designating the sender of the letter, Paul included all the brothers–members of God’s family traveling and serving with him in the ministry.  Paul addressed his letter to all the churches in the Roman province of Galatia and to readers down through the centuries.  Paul sometimes complimented churches in the first part of his letters C, but maybe because the Christian congregations in Galatia were allowing false teachers to influence them, he had no compliments for them. D

Paul was an apostle through Jesus and God the Father!

Notes: A- Acts 9:1-18, Galatians 1:11-22; B- 1 Corinthians 15:13-14,17; C- Romans 1:8, Ephesians 1:1, Philippians 1:5, Colossians 1:3-4, 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 2 Thessalonians 1:3; D- Written by Paul about 52 AD after the Jerusalem council  where Paul, Barnabas, and Titus went from Antioch to meet with the Apostles about the requirements for salvation. Acts 15:1-35;

Henry Luke

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Summary/application 2 Samuel 24 & 1 Chronicles 21:1-28:

 

  1. What kind of example are you providing for the future generations of your family?
  2. Maintain a Biblical decision-making process for your life and constantly examine your life for any sin that should be confessed.
  3. It may seem that the punishment was out of proportion to the sin of David and Israel. But one sin—one decision or action—can carry with it disastrous results? Can you think of examples of this in your life?
  4. David’s willingness to offer up himself and his family may have been a part of stopping the plague. Thank God for the sacrifice of Jesus that made possible the forgiveness of sin and stopped the plague of eternity in hell for all who believe in Him.
  5. Are you willing to trust God’s grace when you have disobeyed Him and confess and repent? The other option is denial or apathy and judgment. [1 Corinthians 11:31-32]
  6. What kind of sacrifices should we give to God in gratitude for what He did at the cross? [See Hebrews 13:15-17, Romans 12:1 see below]
  7. Memory verses – 

1 Corinthians 11:31-32… 31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world.

1 Peter 1:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ

Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

Hebrew 13:15-17…15 Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. 16 And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. 

Henry Luke

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Short lessons on Leadership by Henry M. Morris III at ICR

The Gift of Labor   by Henry M. Morris

Leadership Preparation   by Henry M. Morris III except as noted

Leadership Training

Leadership Challenges 

Leadership Situational Awareness

Leadership Transfer

Leadership Advance

Leadership Anticipation

Fearless Leadership

Focused Leadership

Formidable Leadership

Ruling Leadership

Reminding Leadership

Source

Henry Luke

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