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The Gospel of Grace (Galatians 1:1-5)

January 13, 2013 Preacher: Bob DeWaay Series: Galatians

Scripture: Galatians 1:1–1:5

Paul's epistle to the Galatians defends his apostolic authority against false teachers who questioned his gospel. Paul, however, was directly commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ who appeared to him. Paul claimed to have seen the resurrected Christ. The phrase, "gospel of grace" is found in Acts 20:24 in Paul's address to the Ephesian elders. Grace is thematic in Galatians. Paul's greeting, "grace and peace" describes the cause of Messianic salvation (grace) and the result (peace). These concepts are found in the Old Testament as well.

The gospel describes Christ's voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary atonement. Those who believe are rescued from this evil age. Believers are joined together in a "gospel family" as brothers and sisters in Christ. That Christ laid down His life for sins, to provide forgiveness of sins for those who believe is God's plan from all eternity. It is His will and we shall be joined with all the redeemed to proclaim His grace and glory into "the ages of the ages" according to Galatians 1:5. We must love and respect fellow believers who have been purchased by God through the blood of Christ. We are rescued from sin, the wrath of God, and the evil dominion of the wicked age we live in. Thus God is glorified both in His grace and justice.