Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we began a new series on Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Our text was Galatians 1:1-24.

“Paul, an apostle –not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead…..”

1) What was the source of Paul’s teaching?

Bob noted that this is a critical question because Paul writes that the gospel he preaches is absolutely true.

“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you let him be accursed.”

Paul goes to great lengths to establish that his knowledge comes from God alone. The Galatians reject this truth at their peril.

We discussed whether we should accept Paul’s claim. How do we know that the gospels were written by the apostles and that the incidents they record are true. Aubie said that these issues were addressed by Lee Strobell in his book ‘The Case for Christ.” The manuscript evidence proves that the Gospels and Paul’s letters were written in the first century. The first century church accepted the documents as authentic. All the apostles died violent deaths rather than renounce what they knew to be true.

We agreed that the evidence supports Paul’s claim that his gospel was given to him by God.

2) What difference does this make?

There are few consequences to accepting or rejecting most teaching. However, the truth of God is different. If we reject it then we face eternal consequences. If we accept then we must submit all we are and all we have to Him.

We must allow the Bible to be the final court of arbitration for all our beliefs. It certainly makes for more interesting Bible study.

Next week Galatians 2:1-14. Consider the following questions:

1) Why does Paul oppose Peter?

2) What gave Paul the authority to confront Peter?

See you Tuesday.

John

 

 

 

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