Monday, May 7, 2012

THE PURE GOSPEL: Galatians Chapter 1

Galatians Chapter One

Written by Ralph Norwood.1
Reprinted by permission.


1. I want to talk about the book that teaches that you "CANNOT PATCH UP LEGALISM"....

2. Background: There were many Galatian churches, but this was written to the church at Galatia....Paul had taken to them a very pure gospel....within a short time, they lost the pure gospel.

3. This book has one of the shortest and most terse introductions in Epistles.

4. These people questioned the authority of Paul....He makes it clear that when he speaks, it is the same as the Lord speaking.

5. Then he registers his amazement at their change....1:6 "I am utterly shocked"....They had departed from the true gospel.
a. Note: whenever there is a problem among believers, then go back to the basics and you most likely will find their problem. The problem of these people was the SIMPLICITY OF THE GOSPEL....which they had deserted.
b. Note v. 7....where it teaches that there is ONLY ONE GOSPEL. There is no such thing as COMING CLOSE to the real.
c. How about v. 8....may he be dammed. [THIS IS NOT VERY ECUMENICAL.] Some would say that this was not very loving....Paul would tell another angel who preached another GO TO HELL....

6. Paul mentions that he was NOT TAUGHT THE GOSPEL but received it by revelation. [He was the only person who was not taught the gospel.]

WHAT IS THE GOSPEL? 1 Cor. 15:3-5 "For I delivered to you as of first importance what I received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then the twelve."

1. There are 4 verbs.
a. Christ DIED
b. Christ was BURIED
c. Christ was RAISED
d. Christ APPEARED. [It is in the passive voice.]

2. Note the subject of each is the same...."CHRIST"

a. Christ died: definite event...
b. Christ was buried: definite event [in the aorist tense]
c. Christ was raised: definite event [with a line following it...with lasting results]. Why was the tense of the verb changed on the resurrection?2

a. Christ died and how do you know he died? HE WAS BURIED.
b. Christ was raised and how do you know He was raised? BECAUSE HE APPEARED....HE WAS SEEN.

5. Only ONE of the 4 verbs has the phrase "FOR OUR SINS" added to it...."FOR OUR SINS" is not connected to the BURIAL, RESURRECTION OR APPEARANCE....It is connected only with HIS DEATH.
a. His death dealt with our sins; The burial, resurrection and appearing did not. He was NOT raised for our sins...HE DIED FOR OUR SINS....
b. He died FOR which means ON BEHALF OF our sins.


1 Ralph Norwood faithfully served the Lord as a pastor-teacher for 50 years before his home-going in 2008. Though Ralph has gone to be with Jesus, his ministry continues to bear fruit to the glory of God. Please check out his website Bible Readings for Believers, as well as the YouTube video in his memory. "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His godly ones" (Ps. 116:15). Special thanks to Ralph's widow, Joyce Norwood, who has graciously allowed me to reprint this excellent article on the gospel. NOTE: All the brackets in the article are original with Mr. Norwood with the exception of the two bracketed endnotes which have been added.

2 In 1 Corinthians 15:4 the phrase "was buried" is in the Greek aorist tense, while the phrase "was raised" is in the Greek perfect tense. The aorist tense indicates an action that occurred at a point in time; the perfect tense indicates an action that has abiding or lasting results. This signifies that Jesus was raised from the dead "never to die again" (Rom. 6:9). He is "alive forevermore" (Rev. 1:18; cf. Ps. 16:10-11)!

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