In Galatians, Paul argues that you can recognize the gospel by its substance, source and result. Its substance is a full understanding of the cross of Christ. Its source is divine revelation. Its result is freedom from bondage to sin.
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Paul wrote this letter around 49 AD, about 15 years after the resurrection of Jesus to churches he founded during his first missionary journey. After Paul left, the Judaizers began teaching the Galatians that they must keep the law to be fully Christian. Paul writes this letter in response. Teacher Krisan Marotta on August 16, 2023. Season 23, episode 1.
Paul opens his letter by defending his authority and his gospel. He argues you can recognize the true gospel by its source and its substance. Teacher Krisan Marotta on August 23, 2023. Season 23, episode 2.
Paul’s argues he received his gospel first-hand as a revelation from the risen Lord. His lack of contact with the other apostles proves to the divine origin of his understanding. Teacher Krisan Marotta on August 30, 2023. Season 23, episode 3.
Fourteen years after his conversion, Paul went to Jerusalem to consult with the other apostles. They added nothing to his understanding and gave him the right hand of fellowship. Teacher Krisan Marotta on September 6, 2023. Season 23, episode 4.
Paul includes rebuking Peter as part of his defense. Paul could rebuke Peter because they had the same view of the gospel. This incident serves two purposes: 1) it furthers Paul’s claim that he and the apostles teach the same gospel; and 2) it introduces this issue of whether gentile believers must keep the law. Teacher Krisan Marotta on September 13, 2023. Season 23, episode 5.
In Galatians 3, Paul begins a series of five arguments for justification by faith. In the first two, Paul argues from experience and from the plain teaching of Scripture. Includes a primer on the theology of the atonement. Teacher Krisan Marotta on September 20, 2023. Season 23, episode 6.
Paul argues the Law, which was a deal, does not nullify the promise given to Abraham. In a deal, two parties agree to certain obligations. But a promise is made by one party unconditionally. Teacher Krisan Marotta on September 27, 2023. Season 23, episode 7.
The Law teaches valuable lessons that prepare us for faith and keep us from evil. But, after the Messiah came, we graduated from the protective custody of the Law. All of us receive justification by the same path: faith in Jesus Christ. Teacher Krisan Marotta on October 4, 2023. Season 23, episode 8.
The Judaizers teach that you need to place yourself under the guardianship of the Law. Why would grown children want to return the restrictions of childhood? Like a child who has come of age, you have graduated from the guardianship of the Law. Teacher Krisan Marotta on October 11, 2023. Season 23, episode 9.
In his fourth argument, Paul appeals to the Galatians to return to the true gospel on the basis of his deep affection and his demonstrated concern for them. Teacher Krisan Marotta on October 18, 2023. Season 23, episode 10.
In the story of Abraham we find two sons, two wives, two covenants, two mountains, and two cities. So we have only two options. One option leads to eternal life in the kingdom of God. The other leads to destruction. Teacher Krisan Marotta on October 25, 2023. Season 23, episode 11.
In the final chapters, he develops his third major theme which is the freedom the gospel brings. Because the gospel solves our two biggest problems, it brings freedom from the law and freedom from slavery to sin. Teacher Krisan Marotta on November 1, 2023. Season 23, episode 12.
Paul argues we don’t need the Law to keep us from pursuing sin. We have something better. We have the Spirit of God teaching us to pursue goodness. Teacher Krisan Marotta on November 8, 2023. Season 23, episode 13.
As he closes the letter, Paul explains how the fact that we all believe the same gospel translates into our lives as a community. First, he urges us to stop competing with our teammates. Then Paul explains how to respond when someone stumbles on this metaphorical race to glory. Teacher Krisan Marotta on November 15, 2023. Season 23, episode 14.
Paul encourages his listeners to invest their lives in truth. We reap what we sow. If we seek teachers who flatter and entertain us, that is what we will harvest. God is not mocked. He knows what we seek. Teacher Krisan Marotta on November 29, 2023. Season 23, episode 15.
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