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Pastors Jim and Marie Watt

Two Are Better Than One

(From: GALATIANS #1 - 1:1-9)


GALATIAN SUMMARY: A PLEA: MAINTAIN WALK IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST


I. 1:1-6:10 JUSTIFICATION IS BY FAITH IN CHRIST, NOT WORKS OF LAW

A. 1:1-5 PAUL VALIDATES APOSTLESHIP AND GIVES GREETINGS

a. 1:1-5a PAUL'S APOSTLESHIP

PAUlos, aPOsto-los [652] (ouk ap' anTHROpon, ouDE di' anTHROpou,

Paul, apostle (not from men, neither through man,

alLA diA IeSOU ChrisTOU, kai TheOU paTROS, tou eGEIran-tos [1453]auTON ek neKRON [3498]),

but through Jesus Christ, and God theFather, who raised him from thedead),

kai hoi sun eMOI PANtes a-delPHOI, tais ek-kleSIais tes [1577]Ga-laTIas:

2 and all the brethren with me, to the churches of :Galatia:

CHAris [5485]huMINkai eiREne[1515]aPO TheOU paTROS, heMON kai KuRIou IeSOU ChrisTOU,

3Grace to you and peace from God theFather, and our Lord Jesus Christ,

tou DONtos [1325]he-auTON huPER ton ha-mar-tiON [266]heMON,

4who gave himself for our :sins,

HOpos eXEle-tai [1807]heMAS ek tou aiOnos [165]tou e-neSTOtos [1764]po-neROU [4190],

that he deliver us from the present evil :age,

kaTA to THEle-ma [2307]tou TheOU kai paTROS heMON: hoheDOxa [1391]eis tous aiOnas ton aiOnon.

according to the will of :God and our Father: 5ato whom the glory unto the ages of the ages.


b. 1:5b Amen. a-MEN.


B. 1:6-9 PAUL WARNS GOSPEL-PERVERTERS

a. 1:6-7 WARNING: WE CAN BE REMOVED FROM GOSPEL-GRACE

ThauMAzo[2296]HOti HOUtos taCHEos [5030]me-taTIthes-the [3346]aPO tou

I marvel that you are so quickly removing from him

kaLEsan-tos huMAS en CHAri-ti ChrisTOU eis HEte-ron eu-agGEli-on [2098];

that called you in Christ's grace unto a different gospel;

ho ouk EStin ALlo: ei metiNES ei-sin hoi taRASson-tes [5015]huMAS,

7which is not another: only thereare some that trouble you,

kai THElon-tes [2309]me-tasTREpsai [3344]to eu-agGELli-on tou ChrisTOU.

and wish to pervert the gospel of the Christ.


b. 1:8 ANATHEMA: PENALTY FOR PERVERTING THE GOSPEL

alLA, kai eAN heMEIS, eAGge-los [32]ex ou-raNOU,

But, though we, or an angel from heaven,

eu-ag-geLIse-tai [2097]HUmin par' ho eu-eg-ge-liSAme-tha huMIN, aNAthe-ma [331]ESto.

should preach to you a gospel other than what we preached to you, let him be anathema.


c. 1:9 THE WARNING INTENSIFIED BY REPETITION

hos pro-eiREka-men [4280], kai ARti PAlin LEgo,

As we have said before, so say I now again,

EI tis huMAS eu-ag-geLIze-tai par' ho pa-reLAbe-te [3880], aNAthe-ma ESto.

If any preaches to you a gospel other than what you received, let him be anathema.


THE SERVICE OF PASSIONATE DEVOTION- Oswald Chambers - MUFHH

John 21:16 (15-19) “, , , do you love Me? . . . Tend My sheep.”


Jesus did not say to make converts to your way of thinking, but He said to look after His sheep, to see that they get nourished in the knowledge of Him. We consider what we do in the way of Christian work as service; yet Jesus Christ calls service to be what we areto Him, not what we dofor Him. Discipleship is based solely on devotion to Jesus Christ, not on following after a particular belief or doctrine. “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate . . ., he cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:26). In this verse, there is no argument and no pressure from Jesus to follow Him; He is simply saying in effect, “If you want to be My disciple, you must be devoted solely to Me.” A person touched by the Spirit of God suddenly says, “Now I see who Jesus is!” - that is the source of devotion.


Today we have substituted doctrinal belief for personal belief, and that is why so many people are devoted to causes and so few are devoted to Jesus Christ. People do not really want to be devoted to Jesus, but only to the cause He started. Jesus Christ is deeply offensive to the educated minds of today, to those who only want Him to be their Friend, and who are unwilling to accept Him in any other way. Our Lord's primary obedience was to the will of His Father, not to the needs of people - the saving of people was the natural outcome of His obedience to the Father. If I am devoted solely to the cause of humanity, I will soon be exhausted and come to the point where my love will waver and stumble. But if I love Jesus Christ personally and passionately, I can serve humanity, even though people may treat me like a “doormat.” The secret of a disciple's life is devotion to Jesus Christ, and the characteristic of that life is its seeming insignificance and its meekness. Yet it is like a grain of wheat that “falls into the ground and dies”- it will spring up and change the entire landscape (John 12:24).


NOTE: What Paul says in the first 9 verses of Galatians is in direct contrast to what Oswald Chambers is saying above. If we have “Personal, Passionate Devotion to Jesus” as a disciple, there will be no danger of us perverting the Gospel of Jesus, and coming under the severe rebuke of the Holy Spirit through Paul. - J.A.W.