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Introductory Priciples in Galatians

Paul’s Letter to the Galatian Christians

 

Outline

 

  1. Personal: Paul is called by God to be a Preacher of Justification.
  2. Doctrinal: Paul provides the Principles of Justification.
  3. Practical: Paul outlines the Privileges of Justification.

 

 

Doctrinal principles

 

 

  • Legalism causes hypocrisy.
    • In legalism one must claim that adherence to the Law brings righteousness. However, complete adherence to the Law is impossible.
    • A legalist will pick and choose from the Law that which he deems possible and acceptable.
    • As he fulfills his own standard, or that of a particular sect or church, he feels justified while condemning others.
      • Galatians 2:11-16
  • Legalism gives a false sense of security.
    • Works can never justify us before God.
      • 2:16
      • 3:1-9
  • Legalism is a misuse of the Law.
    • Galatians 3:19-22
      • The Promise was given to Abraham that through his “seed” all the peoples of the earth would be blessed. That seed is Christ. (see 3:16)
      • The Law drives men to the promised blessing in Christ.
  • Legalism is a faulty way to gain true morality because it cannot change the heart.
    • Galatians 5:13-18, 22-24