GALATIANS A Case Study of JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH

The FREEDOM we have in JESUS!

GALATIANS A Case Study of Justification By FAITH

Galatians is another one of the Apostle Paul’s brilliant Books in the New Testament! It is here he stresses the importance of Knowing the marvelous Freedom we have in JESUS! Paul writes this fiery Epistle to the Church in Galatia to defend Justification by FAITH. Shorty after his first missionary journey the Galatians were taunted by false teachers who insisted on a legal approach to obeying Jewish law in order to be accepted by God and legalism! Paul led the Galatians to Christ! In Galatians He reminds them of the True Gospel that he had taught them and the importance of not; abandoning it for any other perverted one by the Judaizers! They were an extreme faction within the Church and they accused Paul of watering down the Gospel! The key scripture in Galatians is: “It is for FREEDOM that Christ has set us FREE. Stand firm, then do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of bondage.”

Paul goes so far to say that if anyone teaches you anything different it is perverted:”But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a Gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned…” This confirms the seriousness of this matter! Paul did not make this up! Nor was he trying to win the approval of man! It is important that we do not compromise the Word of God in order to be accepted. It is not wise to seek out the approval of anyone over what God has to say. It is the approval of God alone that we should seek above all else! As we align ourselves up with Him vertically, He will help us properly relate in our horizontal relationships, as well as navigate through life.



It is important as a Christian that you know that you are not boxed in to legalistic religion. It is an endless rewarding journey of spiritual growth in becoming a Christian. Once you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior you receive the gift of His Holy Spirit that then resides within you! This is why knowing the Word of God for yourself is so very important. Just like you get to know a close friend or a relative by developing a personal relationship with them, you must develop an ongoing intimate personal relationship with the Lord through embracing His Word.

When Jesus Christ came He fulfilled the requirements of the law which no other man could. The law served its purpose and appropriately taught and continues to teach us right and wrong as a schoolmaster. It teaches us the great need for God’s plan of Salvation! As believers we are saved by Faith in God through Jesus Christ alone! Paul was well aware of this because he was once very legalistic himself before his conversion. Initially he did not consult with anyone but was directly commissioned by God! He spent alone time with God as he prepared for ministry. Paul then extended his ministry to others regardless of their Color, race, sex, social status, rich or poor or their level of education he was truly led by the Spirit. He knew that in Jesus Christ all believers are different yet equal.

How wonderful it is to know that God loved us so much that He allowed “His only begotten Son” to come to earth! He was born of a woman, robed in a sinless body of flesh and conquered sin in the flesh to become the perfect sacrifice for us! For many years the Jewish nation was looking for the “Messiah!” Some still to this day do not believe that He has come and continue to look for the coming of the Messiah?



There was also ongoing conflict between the law, grace, faith and deeds. We still have this conflict today. There are different doctrines and beliefs between the plethora of denominations. Through Jesus Christ we are free to choose a place of worship. What is important is that the foundational Christian principles of Faith are embraced and apparent! Justification by Faith is important! But we must never twist the Truth of His Word or accept anything other than the True Gospel! “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God…” Therefore no one else was worthy to die and redeem us from the penalty of sin and death other than Jesus! This is why we all need a Savior to save us from sin reigning in our lives! It is through the work of the Holy Spirit we are able to daily be transformed from within. His Holy Spirit is the Comforter and Master internal Teacher that guides us to all TRUTH and empowers us to have the FRUIT of His Spirit manifest in our lives.

In Galatians Paul tells us the importance of being led by the Spirit “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law...” Galatians shows us the difference between the works of the flesh and the Fruit of the Spirit. The works of the flesh are: “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolatry, and witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fit of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy: drunkenness, orgies, and the like I warn you as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God…”

Notice the contrast between The Fruit of the Spirit: But the Spirit of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control! Against such things there is no law.” God out Creator and Maker knows us from the inside out! He is totally aware of what we need! He has given us His Holy Spirit to help us! As we grow spiritually the Fruit of His Spirit begins to manifest in our lives! As long as we are in the flesh we need a Savior! It is by His Holy Spirit we can choose to not yield to sin. God is interested in ALL areas of our lives that means, spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally, vocationally, intellectually and yes materially! It is a daily choice to seek out and live life God’s Way!

Paul spoke boldly, since his authority was questioned he readily commences to tell us that he was not called by man but by God the Father! It is only through Jesus Christ one can receive the gift of Eternal Life to live throughout eternity with the Father! There is a tendency for many to think that all roads lead to God! But according to the Scriptures “Jesus is the WAY the Truth and the life.” See John 14 There is no other way for those who claim to be believers! Galatians confirms the one True Gospel! “Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the WILL of God and Father, to whom be GLORY forever and ever amen.”


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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

DeBorrah K-

Boy would I just love to sit and chat with you at my kitchen table-beautiful hub-again I will share it.

God Bless you and yours.


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Saintatlarge 6 years ago from Canada

Hi DeBorrah. It must have been as difficult for the Galatians as it is for us with so many denominations and diversities of doctrine. We have new Christians who have been sold a case of half truth goods and others a quarter and some the whole package as a denomination would try to convince them of. Here the Galatians were getting some confusing life lessons from two different camps. Jewish law or grace and faith in the work of Christ. You cannot have it both ways.

Paul to the rescue Gal.2.20-21 Thankgoodness that God chose Paul to undertake this work and to stay confussion.

i as you, am extremely thankful for a relationship with Holy Spirit, to help keep us in the truth.

Thank you for your rich work and sharing.

L.


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

Praise God! Just like Saintatlarge, I love Galatians 2:21: "I do not NULLIFY the grace of God, for if righteousness comes by the Law, then Christ died NEEDLESSLY." The Word says that those who choose not to eat meat (to eat only vegetables), etc. are "weak in faith", and to realize and respect their faith level, not wishing to cause them offense or to stumble (Rom 14:1-5). However, we are certainly not to be oppressed by modern-day Law keepers, who carry a gospel contrary to salvation by grace through faith in Christ Jesus (Eph 2:8-9). Amen!!


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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Paul clearly had his hands full with the Galatians.

They were feeling some pressure. The same group that was leaning on them for the legalistic approach reminds us of the Pharasaic postion encountered by Jesus. Deborrah, this was indeed well developed and if I may, it is the perfect sister Hub to RevLady's Hub "Is it Appropriate to Call Jesus Good." They both serve as a confirmation to each other.

I agree with SaintatLarge. We cannot have it both ways and yet we sometimes find ourselves sitting in a gray area which really doesn't exist, though Satan allows us to think it does.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

DeBorrah, A great summary of Paul's letter to a church in crisis.

Many people today do not obey the traditions of the Jews, but they have their own religious traditions and ideas. Paul makes it clear that traditions cannot be more important than God and contradict Christian living. We should show love and joy, patient, kind and good, loyal, gentle and show discipline. (Galatians 5:22-23.) Christians do good deeds because we love our God and desire obedience to His will, but we are Christians because we repented, trust in Jesus, and live according to His will.

These days we hear with astounding frequency, all road leads to heaven. But as you stressed, "according to the Scriptures “Jesus is the WAY the Truth and the life.”See John 14, There is no other way for those who claim to be believers!" This is one of Satan's greatest lies that so many of our brothers and sisters are being deceived by.

I also value, like you, the critical significanse of knowing God for ourselves which comes through our knowledge of Jesus Christ, which comes through READING the Scriptures. As you stated so purposefully, "It is important as a Christian that you know that you are not boxed in to legalistic religion. It is an endless rewarding journey of spiritual growth in becoming a Christian. Once you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior you receive the gift of His Holy Spirit that then resides within you! This is why knowing the Word of God for yourself is so very important."

Excellent presentation my dear sister in Christ Jesus. It stirred my spirit. Praise the Lord!!

Forever His,


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Itakins, I so enjoy your hubs and comments as well! We never know what God will allow on this side of Heaven... But certainly we can feel the sweet communion across the many miles as His children, as His Holy Spirit joins us together on one accord as the family of God!

Thank you as always for your heartfelt support! In His Love & Many Blessings to you and yours as well!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Saintatlarge, The Wonderful thing about the WORD is how it assures us of God's OMNISCIENCE! Miracuously He knew then what would be NOW! He has provided us with examples of how to respond and what to look for in seeking to worship and live our lives before Him! Galatians gives us a wealth of information to do just that!

You are right as you say: "we are certainly not to be oppressed by modern-day Law keepers, who carry a gospel contrary to salvation by grace through faith in Christ Jesus..." It is by HIS GRACE we are SAVED!!!

His Holy Spirit is a wonderful gift that God as provided for us to bring us into the knowledge of "ALL TRUTH!" Galatians again reassures us of what happens as the Fruit of His Spirit begins to manifests in our lives...

Thank you for sharing your insightful comments, Please do come again, Blessings!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

I enjoyed this article. Being saved by Faith is a precious gift. All we need is faith. Thanks so much for sharing. Your articles are so encouraging - He that waters, shall be watered. God Bless You. :)


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Judah's Daughter, Yes! Let's PRAISE GOD for who He is! Galatians is truly a delightful Book!

As you so wonderfully stated again: "However, we are certainly not to be oppressed by modern-day Law keepers, who carry a gospel contrary to salvation by grace through faith in Christ Jesus!" We are on one accord here! Hallelujah! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and share your insightful words, In His love & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Unchained Grace, How wonderful to know that God prepares us through Galatians to know what to expect when we encounter legalism! Paul certainly had a lot on his plate!

Thank you for your kind words! I will visit Rev Lady's "Is it Appropriate to Call Jesus Good" It is by the Spirit of the Lord we can be on one accord! I am sure that it will further expound and illuminate the TRUTH of God's Word! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and comments, Blessings!


peacenhim 6 years ago

Amen! Great Hub, two thumbs up once again! It's unfortunate and tragic that today, in the twenty-first century many churches are redefining the Word of God in order to fit their lifestyle! This act of unrighteousness amongst the clergy is deluding themselves as well as their flock, and will have a high price to pay for condoning what God considers to be "SIN." Thanks for the study! peace!


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

And yet ... I read a different thing in James 2: 14 - ff. This passage ends with the interesting words in verse 26: "So, just as the body is dead without itsw spirit, so faith, without deeds, is also dead." So is it not a balance between faith and deeds rather than faith alone? I'm no theologian, just asking?

Love and peace

Tony


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Rev Lady, Thank You! Many of the congregations within the Church are in crisis today as well, there is much to learn from what Paul has to say here in Galatians!

You are so right about traditions, they should never supersede or come before the will of GOD. This is why a personal relationship with the Lord is so very important so one can know the difference! We must continue to encourage others to get to know the Lord through His Word!

Paul stresses the importance of knowing the true GOSPEL! Yes, one must dilligently READ the Word to further understand as well as to build an ongoing personal relationship with the Lord! There is much to learn in the Word that is so beneficial for day to life NOW!

Thank you as always my sister in Christ for your wise and insightful comments. So glad to hear that "your spirit has been stirred" Your visits are much appreciated! In His Love & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Lady E, I am so glad that you enjoyed this! Galatians truly is a wonderful book! Yes! "FAITH is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen..." I always enjoy your visits and thoughtful & insightful comments! Till next time... Be encouraged! Much love & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

PeacenHim, You are quite on point with your insightful comments! As you stated: "in the twenty-first century many churches are redefining the Word of God in order to fit their lifestyle!" AMEN! Actually it should be the other way around!

Thank you for contributing your wise comments that will be helpful and hopefully motivating to many... Always feel free to comment, your visits are much appreciated, Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Tonymac, Many do deeds but not because of faith... The GOOD NEWS of the GOSPEL is "Salvation is by God's Grace through FAITH in Jesus Christ!" Yes! True Faith results in deeds! Faith makes us sure and certain which yields security and TRUST in GOD as we "step out" and do those deeds. We are not saved because of those deeds but because of the FAITH that GOD instilled in us to do them.

Thank you for visiting and sharing your comments and please do come again, In His Love, Peace & Blessings!


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ShannonBaich 6 years ago from Where ever I go...there I am. But, mostly I'm in Delaware.

Wow, this was amazing! You are so insightful and inspiring!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Shannonbaich, Thank You! I am so glad that you have been inspired! Your kind comments are appreciated, Thank your for sharing and taking the time to visit, Please do come again, Blessings!


Ralph S. Palmer 5 years ago

Paul was never an apostle of the Christ Jesus, Paul was self appointed. Paul placed Jesus ahead of God His Father, Jesus addressed this very directly. Thou shalt have no other God afore me. Jesus is God's Son, He Honors His Father, time the followers of the Paul movement started following the teachings of the Christ Jesus not of a false profit. Blessings be in the name of the Lord Jesus and His Father the Lord God Almighty creator of every living thing, by who's Grace we may be saved.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

Ralph, S. Palmer, Paul was called directly by the Lord Himself. He was converted on the road to Damascus! His calling was confirmed by Ananias! "This man is my chosen instrument to carry MY NAME..." Acts 9. "He immediately began to preach that Jesus was the SON of GOD!"

I do not agree that "Paul placed Jesus ahead of God His Father..." Paul also teaches us that; "If anyone is preaching to you a GOSPEL other than that accepted, let him be eternally condemned. Am I now trying to win approval of men, I would not be a servant of Jesus Christ..." Galatians 1. It is clear to me he acknowledges being a servant of the Lord!

In HIS Love, Grace, TRuth, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Dear Mr.s DeBorrah: A lovely, educational hub precious heart. God Bless You And Your Dear Loved Ones.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

Stars, Thank You & God Bless You & yours as well. In HIS Lovw, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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