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Paul Defends the Gospel Against False Brothers (Galatians 2:1-5)

March 10, 2013 Preacher: Bob DeWaay Series: Galatians

Scripture: Galatians 2:1–2:5

Paul returns to Jerusalem to present his gospel to the Apostles there, not for them to correct, but to head off a crisis where false brothers want to demand that Gentile believers be circumcised and forced to keep the Law of Moses. If this happened, the gospel Paul preached would be in vain or "empty" as he says. He brought Titus along who was a believing Gentile who was not circumcised. It is important to stand for the truth and not cave in to the fear of man. The false brothers snuck in to spy out Christian liberty in order to put believers into slavery. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus offers a "yoke" that is easy and light. This is in contrast to the "yoke" of the law that the Pharisees wanted to use to subjugate people. We show from 1Corinthians 15 that Jesus' resurrection from the dead proves the claims of the gospel in objective terms. Those who believe are saved and freed from slavery to sin and religious authorities.

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