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Acceptance With God

Galatians #5: Perverting The Gospel (1:7)

Religious leaders, claiming to know and understand how a person becomes righteous (forgiven, clean, pure, and accepted by God), infiltrated the Galatian churches to undo what Paul taught about how a person becomes righteous.

They taught righteousness was through faith in Jesus plus following the days, diets, duties, and demands of the law of Moses (a moral and religious system).

Paul taught righteousness was by grace (what Jesus did for us in dying for our sins) through faith in Jesus, apart from any works.

Galatians #4: No Gospel At All (1:6-7)

Paul established churches in Galatia based upon grace - everything God has done to make us righteous through Jesus, leaving us nothing to do but to place our faith in Jesus alone for righteousness.

The Galatian people, after hearing the good news from Paul that righteousness (innocent of sin) comes by faith in Jesus and not by the law, quickly deserted the good news of grace and turned to a completely different gospel, or message about how a person becomes righteous.

The false gospel they were turning to was a gospel of works based upon obedience to the law of Moses (a moral and religious system).

We Can't Live By Faith And Live By The Law...It's One Or The Other

The law is the righteous requirements given to the nation of Israel to keep them seperate from the Gentile nations for the purpose of being a light of God's love to the Gentile nations. The law was the standard of righteousness.

This would include the Ten Commandments and the two great commandments to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love others as you love yourself. It would also include everything else in Exodus 19-Deuteronomy.

The Gentiles were never under the law.

What Did Jesus Mean By Pluck Out Your Eye And Cut Off Your Hand?

In Matthew 5:29-30 Jesus said:

And if your right eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and cast it from you. For it is better for you that one of your members should perish and not that your whole body should be cast into Gehenna. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and cast it from you, for it is better for you that one of your members should perish and not that your whole body should depart into Gehenna.”

What does Jesus mean by pluck out your right eye and cut off your right hand?

Stand Firm In Your Freedom In Christ

After they were established in the truths of grace by Paul, the believers in Galatia abandoned their freedom in Christ, which is complete forgiveness and acceptance (righteousness) with God by grace through faith in Jesus alone.

They deserted grace (Galatians 1:6).

They set aside grace (Galatians 2:21).

They returned to enslavement to their... religious system... rules... rituals... and regulations to earn God's acceptance and forgiveness. In doing so, they fell from grace (Galatians 5:4).

They turned away from all God had freely and fully done for them through the death and resurrection of Jesus, and were trying to earn God's acceptance and forgiveness through religious activity and morality.

Embracing The Revelation Of Righteousness

All of us who are mature should embrace this point of view. And if you think differently about some issue, God will reveal this to you as well.
Philippians 3:15
Paul, The Apostle of Grace

In Philippians 3, Paul clearly and courageously teaches that righteousness (complete forgiveness by God and total innocence before God) before God comes by faith alone in Jesus, not through religious activity or morality. Paul’s “point of view” regarding righteousness was that a person stands cleared before God of any sin and clean before God as if he has never sinned simply by grace through faith in Jesus, not by religious or moral conduct, but only through the cross.

Rewarded For Finishing The Grace Race

I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to Him in His death, so that I may somehow attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been perfected, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus.

Don’t Try To Earn Righteousness, Enjoy A Relationship!

For it is we who...put no confidence in the flesh—though I myself could have such confidence. If anyone else thinks he has grounds for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin; a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, persecuting the church; as to righteousness under the Law, faultless. But whatever was an asset to me, I count as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things as loss compared to the surpassing excellence of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have lost all things.

What Are You Hearing At Your Church? Fake News or Grace News

A popular phrase around the world is “Fake News”. This is due to many people in the media who present news stories as truth, when in reality, these stories are false, or mixed with a little truth and a lot of error.

Just as there is fake news in the media, there is fake news in many churches. These churches present a message to people that is filled with incorrect teachings, yet are presented as biblical. These teachings are circulated throughout the church in a variety of ways: sermons, small groups, Sunday school classes, discipleship programs, mentoring relationships, counseling sessions, revivals, and conferences.

What Does It Mean To Fall From Grace? It Is Not What You Have Been Taught!

The majority of Bible teachers and preachers teach that to fall from grace means a person has sinned so greatly that they have “backslidden” or fallen away from God’s favor and back into their old lifestyle of sin. This is possibly what you were taught and have believed. You believe you have fallen away from God’s grace because of your addiction or because of immorality. In reality, you have fallen into grace.

Romans 5:20 says that where sin increased, grace increased all the more. So according to the Bible, it is impossible to sin so much that a person has out-sinned grace, or fallen from grace.
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