Galatians 6 Bible Study

Galatians 6 Outline

  • Loving and Helping One Another (Galatians 6:1-10)
  • Following Moses Law versus Having Faith in Jesus (Galatians 6:11-18)

 

Galatians 6 Bible Study

 

Galatians 6:1-10-Paul asks the Galatians to point out and correct the fault of someone who has sinned so that the person knows he is doing something wrong. We should maintain a spirit of meekness when correcting each other’s fault. When you saw that someone do wrong, you have the responsibility to correct him with love. No one is perfect because every person has the capability to sin. We must guard ourselves against temptation and spiritual attack when we go to advise that brother. Jesus said that the two greatest commandments is the love God with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 20:25-28). We must do our best to help people, whenever it is possible. If you help others, you will be rewarded by Jesus.

 

Galatians 6:11-18-Paul makes his final warning to the Galatians about the false teachers who are trying to get them circumcised. The false teachers do not want to preach the real gospel. They just want to brag about their circumcision, that they obey the Law of Moses. The external circumcision is not important. What is important is the circumcision of the heart. Circumcision of the heart means you must lead a life of holiness with God’s fear in your heart. If you fear God, you will be a new person deserving of his kindness and blessing. The marks on Paul’s bodies are scars retained by the whipping of the authorities for preaching Christ’s gospel.

Galatians 5 Bible Study

Galatians 5 Outline    

  • Jesus Has Already Sets Us Free (Galatians 5:1-15)
  • The Holy Spirit Guidance and Our Fleshly Desire (Galatians 5:16-26)

 

Galatians 5 Bible Study

 

Galatians 5:1-15-Paul tells the Galatians to stop abiding in the old law again. The old Jewish law requires every believer to be circumcised but the new covenant doesn’t require it. Some Jewish believers confused the Galatians by saying that they need to get circumcised and obey the old law in order to be saved. Paul is telling them that they are cut off from the kindness of Christ if they obey the law. We get saved not because we obey the law but because of our faith in Jesus.

Circumcision is not important to the followers of Christ. In Acts 15, Paul pointed out that there is no need to get circumcised but they will do well if they abstain from food offered to idols, blood, meat of strangled animal and sexual immorality. Circumcision is a sin because it demonstrates that righteousness is attained by works and not faith. This causes the person to turn away from the grace that Christ has given us. Faith is the core of the Christian doctrine. It is empowered by the Holy Spirit. Real believers will display their faith through loving others.

 

Paul remembered how well the Galatians were doing until someone divert them away from God. Some Christians don’t like to admit their mistake. We must understand that God is not the one that causes us to sin but we are the ones to be blamed. Many false teachers will use persuasion to lead believers away from the true gospel so we must always be on our guards and not easily give in. Paul uses the example of a leaven to illustrate how the sins of a member can affect the whole church if no action is taken to correct him. If there is someone in the church spreading false message, something must be done quickly to stop him so that it cannot corrupt the whole church. In Galatians 5:10, Paul is certain that the Galatians will listen to him because they belong to the Lord. Paul said the person who spread the false message about circumcision will be punished. Through Christ’s crucifixion, we have already been set free from all kinds of bondages. The main point of the old commandment is to love your neighbor as you love yourself. Christians should always help others.

 

Galatians 5:16-26-Those who have the Holy Spirit’s guidance will not be self-centered. The Holy Spirit will guide you to obey God but your fleshly desires want you to sin. If you fully obey the Holy Spirit, you will no longer want to obey the Law of Moses. Fleshly desires are the sources of all kinds of evils including jealousy, selfish, idolatry, drunkenness, witchcraft and etc. Christians who are walking in the guidance of the Holy Spirit will manifest 9 qualities including love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (Galatians 5:22- 23). Envying is a sin so we must never envy. Instead, we should humble ourselves so that we won’t be prideful.

Galatians 4 Bible Study

Galatians 4 Outline

  • God sent Jesus so that we can become his children (Galatians 4:1-7)
  • Paul rebuked the Galatians for turning back to idolatry (Galatians 4:8-20)
  • Children of God’s promise (Galatians 4:21-31)

 

 

Galatians 4 Bible Study

 

Galatians 4:1-7-Paul says children are like servants, under the control of their parents until they are grown up. In the same manner, we are children of the powers in this world. The children of the world are trained to obey all kinds of worldly rules. The law of Moses is just like the law in your state or country. When you committee an offense against the law, you will get punishment. The law was set up because everyone sins. At the right time, God allowed Jesus Christ to come into the world through a woman called Mary. When Jesus was born, the Law of Moses was still in effect. While Christ was on the earth, he obeyed all the laws so that he is holy and sinless before God. The blood of Jesus set us free from all our sins so that we can reconcile to God. As children of God, the Holy Spirit lives in our hearts. We are entitled to God’s promises and have the rights to inherit God’s kingdom. We are no longer slaves to the evil powers of the world because Christ has always overcome them through his crucifixion on the cross.

 

Galatians 4:8-20-Paul tells the Galatians that before they accepted Jesus, they were under the bondage of sins. They do things which are wrong yet they think there is no wrong in doing them. Paul was frustrated with them because although they are Christians, they still follow the Law of Moses. They still observe the special seasons and days according to the Mosaic Law. Paul was unhappy because they seemed to have forgotten all that he preached to them in the beginning. When he first came to preach, they acted like very nice Christians and were good towards him. Paul wanted the Galatians to change and be as godly as him. Paul warns the Galatians to stay away from those that are perverting the gospel. Paul was heartbroken that the Galatians churches deviate away from the true gospel. He hoped that they will repent and turn back to the Lord again.

 

Galatians 4:21-31-Paul used the example of Hagar and Sarah to illustrate the difference between a slave of the law and children of God’s promises. Hagar was Sarah’s maid servant. Sarah gave Hagar as wife to Abraham so that she could have a son by her. Abraham and Hagar had a son called Ishmael. When Abraham was 100 years old, Sarah bore him a son called Isaac. The children of Hagar are those that abide under the Law of Moses while the children of Abraham are those who by faith inherit God’s promises. Every Christian who has received Jesus as his savior is the child of Abraham. As children of Abraham, we are entitled to inherit eternal life and possessions in the kingdom of heaven. Once you know the truth, Christ will set you free. You will be free to live, love, forgive, and worship him.

Galatians 3 Bible Study

Galatians 3 Outline

  • Faith is the only way to eternal life (Galatians 3:1-14)
  • God’s law and his promise (Galatians 3:15-20)
  • Faith makes us God’s children (Galatians 3:21-29)

 

Galatians 3 Bible Study

 

Galatians 3:1-14-Paul scolded the Galatians foolish because they had wandered away from the truth. Paul rebuked the Galatians for thinking that they can receive salvation through obedience to the Law of Moses. God credited Abraham’s faith as righteousness. Anyone who has accepted Christ and has faith in him is the child of Abraham. Before Jesus was crucified, the Israelites had to rely on the blood of the sacrificial offerings of the livestock to obtain God’s pardon. The law is based on what we do. It is very hard for people to obey the law completely because everyone makes mistakes. God knew this so he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die for us on the cross.

 

According to the scripture, anyone who is nailed to the cross is cursed and Jesus Christ has done that. Jesus Christ died for us on the crucifix so that we can inherit eternal life by faith. Paul is reminding the Galatians that it is not by the law that they get saved. Instead, Paul said that the Galatians were saved by faith and listening to God’s word. Every Christian will be filled with the Holy Spirit. When Peter was preaching at Cornelius house, the Holy Spirit filled Cornelius and his whole household so that they all get baptized and converted to Christians. It is with the help of the Holy Spirit that we have faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Galatians 3:15-20-Paul compare man’s contract with God’s promises. Just as if the terms in a contract will not be changed, God never breaks his promises. The promise that God made with Abraham precedes the Law of Moses. The Law of Moses put a curse on men but the promises God gave to Abraham brings blessings. The promise made to Abraham was dependent on God’s son, Jesus Christ. Jesus bore the curses of the Law of Moses when he was crucified on the cross. The Law of Moses was established because of sins. It shows us that we need God to save us from sins. No one can keep all the laws of Moses. The law shows us that God is holy. Because God is holy, we need to rely on Jesus to save us from our sins. Once we have accepted the gospel by faith, we will be in Christ and one with God.

 

Galatians 3:21-29-Paul says the law did not disagree with God’s promises. In the old covenant, the law gives life to whoever that obeys it. In the new covenant, anyone who has faith in Jesus will inherit God’s promises and receive eternal life. Christians are no longer bound under the judgment of the Law. The Law was in effect until Jesus came to die on the cross for our sins. Through the shedding of Jesus’ blood, we are completely free from all kinds of curses including the curse of the Law of Moses. Jesus received the judgment of the Law by paying for our sins on the cross. Anyone who has accepted Jesus as his savior and baptized is a child of God. It is like putting on the righteousness of Christ on you. If you are a believer, you will become part of the family of Abraham and receive the blessing that God promised. Christians who have accepted Jesus as their friend must be eager to do the things that please the heavenly Father.

Galatians 2 Bible Study

Galatians 2 Outline

  • Paul and Barnabas’ second missionary journey (Galatians 2:1-10)
  • Paul rebukes Peter for eating with the Jews (Galatians 2:11-21)

 

Galatians 2 Bible Study

 

In Galatians 2:1-10, after 14 years, Paul and Barnabas traveled to Jerusalem on a mission to speak about the good news. Galatians 2:1 suggests that this is the second time Paul and Barnabas travel to Jerusalem together (Acts 11:30). Paul said he went there because God told him to go. It is probable that Paul traveled to Jerusalem because of prophet Agabus’ revelation about a famine (Acts 11:27-28). Paul was urged to remember the poor because many people will be affected by the famine. Paul met with the leaders privately to make sure that they are preaching the correct gospel. Paul was not seeking approval from the leaders. He had already stated that his message of the good news is directly from God.

 

Paul brought Titus along on his mission to Jerusalem. Titus is considered half Israelites and Greek. This is because one of Titus’ parents is Israelite while the other parent is of Greek descent. Both Paul and Titus were not compelled to get circumcised. The false followers at Jerusalem had tried to pervert the gospel by saying circumcision is necessary for salvation. The Jewish circumcise themselves according to the custom that God gave Abraham (Genesis 17). With the new covenant, there is no longer needed to undergo circumcision. In Galatians 2:9, it is God’s will that Paul preach the gospel to the Gentles. Paul’s preaching is from God so there is no need for the apostles to correct it. On the contrary, the Jewish Christians challenged Paul’s gospel by demanding the Gentile Christians to keep Moses’ law such as circumcision.

 

In Galatians 2:11-21, Paul rebuked Peter for joining the Jewish followers at meal time. Previously, Peter used to eat with the Gentile followers but after James sent some Jewish followers, he sat with them at meal time instead. Peter did this because he doesn’t want to offend the Jewish believers. The example that Peter set would become a role model for other Jewish Christian believers including Barnabas. The action is based on the old custom, which they no longer needed to practice. What Peter did was not against the doctrine but it will cause other Christians to assume that they needed to get circumcised to get saved.

 

The Jewish believers tried to prove that sins can be overcome by practicing the law. In the past, before Christ came to die on the cross, God required the Israelites to offer animal sacrifices to ask for forgiveness. Today, under the new covenant, we are completely free and no longer need to follow the laws in the old covenant. Any sinner that put their faith in the gospel will receive Christ’s righteousness. The gospel had done away with the law. Through the blood of Jesus, we can receive salvation and inherit eternal life in heaven.

 

In Galatians 2:19-21, Paul says he is dead but alive in Christ. Paul was not referring to the death of his physical body but the death to the type of life he used to live. Your old way of life may include bad habits and sinful desires that are against God’s commands. Once a person has accepted God’s love, he will realize the sinful things which he had done. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we will be able to overcome our sinful habits.

Galatians 1 Bible Study

Galatians 1 Outline

  • Paul greets the Galatians (Galatians 1:1-4)
  • Paul was shocked about the Galatians accepting another message (Galatians 1:5-10)
  • Paul’s journey to becoming an apostle (Galatians 1:11-24)

Galatians 1 Bible Study

In Galatians 1:1-5, the apostle Paul greets the churches in Galatia. Paul called himself an apostle because he was chosen and appointed by the Lord Jesus Christ instead of men to preach the gospel. All servants of the good news are sent by Jesus. Paul always use the names of the provinces in Rome as the name for his epistle so this means that he is speaking to the Christians in several churches instead of one church in Galatia. Paul visited several regions in south Galatia including Iconium, Antioch, and Lystra (Acts 14). Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross so that we can be forgiven and inherit eternal life in heaven. All kinds of weaknesses including sin, diseases, death, poverty and etc are already overcame by Jesus on the cross at the Calvary (1 Corinthians:15:50-57). Salvation not only relies on your faith in Jesus but also depends on the works you did. After becoming a believer, you must follow Jesus by obeying his word, and continually serving him.

 

In Galatians 1:6-10, Paul was talking about the people who easily turn away from God after listening to someone who preach a different gospel they accepted previously. Paul asks God to punish the person who preaches the different gospel regardless of whether he is a human or angel. If you feel troubled after listening to a message that clashes with the gospel you receive previously, you should not believe it. For sample, at that time, many Jewish Christians preached to the Gentiles Christians that they have to be circumcised in order to be saved. Circumcision is not a requirement to receive salvation because we are under the covenant of the New Testament. It is very important that you know God’s words and his teachings so that you can compare it with what other people preach. To know God’s words, you must regularly read the Bible and attend the bible study programs in your church. This will prevent you from easily accepting false gospel and be led astray from Jesus. Whenever you preach the gospel, you must seek to please God and not men.

 

In Galatians 1:11-24, Paul assured the people that he did not make up the message he preach. The message he preaches is from Jesus Christ, who appeared to him while he was on his way to Damascus. Before Paul became a Christian, he was a Pharisee that practices teachings based on Moses’ laws. Paul persecuted the Christians because he did not know that the Messiah had already come. The Jewish were waiting for a Messiah but they did not acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah when he comes. Instead, they killed him for blaspheming as the son of God. While Paul was on his way to Damascus to capture some Christians, Jesus appeared to him in all his brilliance so that his eyes were blinded. In the vision, Jesus told Paul that he was the Messiah, the one he is persecuting. After that, Ananias laid hands on his eyes and he was converted into a Christian. Paul was converted after having a straightforward encounter with Jesus. During the first few years, Paul preached the good news in Arabia. Not many people have seen his face but they had heard that the one that persecute the churches is now converted.