Sunday, February 21, 2010

Salvation By Grace, Not Works: Introduction And Outline For Galatians


Apparently, Judaizers came to churches in Galatia, preaching salvation by faith in Christ, plus circumcision (5:3). Since relying on a single human merit for salvation, results in eternal damnation (1:9; 5:2-4), Paul strongly urged the Galatians to stand firm in Christ's liberty of salvation by grace, through faith, apart from works.


Chapters 1-2 prove Paul's message came from God, not man, and that it was therefore the only authorized gospel. Chapters 3-4 explain why faith alone, and not the law, or human merit, is the only way to be justified. Chapters 5-6 show how faith is the only way to be sanctified from the power of sin in our daily lives.

Theme: Salvation is by grace, not works.


1. Because the gospel proclaims it (1-2)

2. Because Christ freed us from the law (3-4)

3. Because the Spirit gives victory over sin (5-6)

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.