Paul and the Galatians
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 4 Lesson 2 Thursday
Despite the conclusion of the assembly of Jerusalem, some teachers kept insisting and creating great problems in some churches.
Paul fought those movements in the epistles to Galatians and Romans, teaching them to withstand those errors.
1 Paul, an ambassador of the celestial government of God–not appointed or sent by men or women but called by Jesus Christ and confirmed by God the Father, who raised him from the dead–2 and all the brothers with me, to those who have partaken of God’s healing Remedy in Galatia:3 God our Father sends his goodwill and peace to you, as does the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who voluntarily sacrificed himself to restore trust and heal us from the infection of fear and selfishness and thus deliver us out of this present self-indulgent, self-destructive evil age, according to the eternal purpose of our God and Father, 5 to whom be all honor and praise and glory for ever and ever. Amen. 6 I am shocked and amazed that you are so quick to reject the truth about God and turn away from his gracious character and methods of love as revealed by Christ, and instead are turning to a different message of “good news”–7 which really isn’t good news at all but a grand deception that will only destroy. Evidently there are some people who are twisting and perverting the good news about God that Christ has brought and thus throwing you into all kinds of confusion. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should come and present a message of “good news” different from what we have already presented–a message that in effect misrepresents God and changes the meaning of what Christ accomplished–then he will be eternally lost, because he will be presenting a message without truth and with no power to heal and restore. 9 As we have said once, so that no one will misunderstand I now say it again: If anyone, from anywhere, regardless of accompanying signs and miracles, presents a so-called message of “good news” different from what you already accepted, he will be eternally lost, because he will be presenting a false message with no power to heal or restore! 10 What do you think I am doing with my life–do you think I am trying to win the approval of people, or of God? Or do you think I am trying to please men and women or make human beings happy with me? If I were still worried about what people thought of me or trying to get the approval of humankind, I would not be a serving friend of Christ. 11 Brothers, I want you to be perfectly clear on this, the good news that I proclaim–the message of healing and restoration–the truth about the character of God as revealed by Jesus, is not something fabricated or concocted by human beings. 12 I did not receive this healing message from any human, and neither did I learn it in school; rather, Jesus Christ revealed it to me directly. Galatians 1:1-12
From the Lesson:
“It is an oversimplification to ask whether Paul is speaking of ceremonial or moral laws in Galatians and Romans. Historically, the argument was whether or not Gentile converts should be required to be circumcised and keep the law of Moses. The Jerusalem Council already had ruled on this question, but some refused to follow its decision.
Some read in Paul’s letters to the Galatians and the Romans evidence that the moral law—the Ten Commandments (or, in truth, only the fourth commandment)—is no longer binding on Christians. Yet, they are missing the point of the letters, and missing the historical context and issues that Paul was addressing. Paul, as we’ll see, stressed that salvation was by faith alone and not by the keeping of the law, even the moral law. Yet that isn’t the same thing as saying that the moral law shouldn’t be kept. Obedience to the Ten Commandments was never an issue; those who make it an issue are reading back into texts a contemporary issue, one that Paul wasn’t dealing with.
How do you respond to those who claim the Sabbath is no longer binding upon Christians? How can you show the truth of the Sabbath in a way that does not compromise the integrity of the gospel?”
WHICH LAW LENS?
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