Dear brothers and sisters in faith,
Today we will start with the Bible study of a new Bible book: Galatians
In chapter 1 of this Bible book we will discuss:
- No other gospel
- Paul called by God
Paul starts this letter to the churches in Galatia with a prayer. In this prayer he makes it very clear that He is not sent by men, but by Jesus. It is important that we always base our contact with our other Christians on the Word of God and not on our own desires. Paul, being quite the authority in that time, could have abused that position. But he decides to not this and remain humble, giving God all the praise. Also by starting this letter with a prayer in which He focuses on praising Jesus and asking for His grace and blessings, He actually sets the right tone for this letter. If you don’t include God in your discussions with others, then these discussions can easily go different than they should!
No other gospel
The problems of the churches in Galatia become clear directly in this first verse. The reason for Paul to sent this letter to the churches of Galatia is apparently that these churches have allowed people to pervert these churches by teaching another Gospel. Be aware that we attacks on our faith will not only come from the world, that will offer us a wide range of other belief systems. No, we also have to be close to God, very educated by the Bible and also on your guard, when we are in church and / or with other Christians. Even Christians can decide for whatever reason to change the gospel of God and change it to their own advantage. In current times we see this with the prosperity churches from the likes of Joel Osteen, Jesse Duplantis and others. They use the Bible as the basis for their teachings, but they have altered it in a very deliberate and cunny way, with the only reason being their own personal gain. When in church or listening to a preacher, make sure that you can always see that the word spoken is actually according to God’s word. If not, then you must leave that church.
Paul called by God
Paul informs the churches of Galatia that his teachings are not inspired by any human being, but only by God. And that is the way it always needs to be! He decides to not hide the fact that in his past he followed the religion of Judaism. But that he left that belief system, when he was saved by God! We all have a past and we should not have to hide it. I believe it even shows more how powerful God. Paul was a very fanatic opponent of Christians, but now he is preaching as a Christian. This shows that we all have things in our past that are not according to God’s will, but that God can even win the heart of the most fanatic enemies of Christ. If you have someone in your surrounding that is very much against God, don’t think that praying will not do any good. On the contrary, pray for that person all the time. If God changed Paul, then He will be able to change anyone!
Also being honest about your past on forehand is always better, than hiding it. Why should you? Did you not accept Christ and were all your sins from the past forgiven? Yes, they were! Also, if you hide it, then you always have to live with a certain fear that people will find out about your past, which can damage any work you will do for God in the future. So be open and know that those sins have been forgiven, but being open about them will show others that for God nothing is impossible!