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Galatians 1:1-12

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Grace Christian Huynh

1 Paul, an apostle (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead),

2 and all the brethren who are with me, Unto the Churches of Galatia:

3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father,

5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Paul introduces himself in the letter that he is not writing his letter to the Galatians on the account of man, but as a servant of God, giving the Galatians a good understanding about the topic of the letter.

Paul referred to himself as an apostle of Christ, not of men. This means that his agenda is purely that of Christ, not tainted by the agenda of men. Additionally, he was chosen by Christ to spread the Gospel.

Grace means the favor of God. Without His grace, we would not have the opportunity to repent of our sins and to have true peace. Peace is being able to rest and know prosperity. True peace is being able to know true prosperity in the Kingdom of God.

God’s peace is the spiritual peace we experience because the Spirit resides in us. Christ’s peace is the peace we experience because of our salvation. We are at peace because we know that when we repent of our sins that our soul is still alive. Thus, we can only gain true peace when we accept the truth: Christ died for us on the cross in order to relieve us from the punishment for our sins and that Christ is the son of God.

6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him, that called you into the grace of Christ, for another Gospel.

7 For this is not another; but there are some who trouble you and would pervert the Gospel of Christ.

Paul directly addresses the problem within the Church. The Church, after hearing the true Gospel, were quickly straying from the true Gospel by listening to the false teachers. Additionally, the Galatia Church strayed from their faith. To be so soon removed from Him means to quickly falter away from the true message after just hearing about it. The other Gospel refers to the false teachings disguised as the true Gospel from false teachers. There actually isn’t another “true Gospel” but only one. So, do not get confused when a false teaching is referred to as “another gospel.”

8 But should we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.

9 As we said before, so say I now again: If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that which ye have received, let him be accursed!

Paul curses anyone who dares to pervert the true Gospel. The Gospel is and always is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was sent in to the world in order to pay the ultimate price for our sins and was later raised from the dead three days after His death. No one can alter the Gospel and if they try, they are committing a large sin.

10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet sought to please men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

People who are preaching anything other than the Gospel are trying to alter the Word of God in order to appease and conform to what people want to hear. However, Paul does not seek to please people and rather to stay true to God and his brothers and sisters in Christ. If he were seeking to make people feel better about themselves instead of helping them become better people, Paul would compromise the truth of the Word of God and not be a slave of Christ. Being a slave of Christ requires completely faithfulness to the Word of God.

11 But I certify to you, brethren, that the Gospel which was preached by me is not according to man;

12 for I neither received it from man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Paul’s source of the Gospel was a revelation of Christ. In other words, the Gospel, in Paul’s case, was a truth that was revealed to him by Christ Himself when Paul converted. It was a truth that Paul knew was completely true since it came directly from Christ and not from another person. When people tell stories to others, sometimes the truth can be altered by nuances or little changes to the stories as it gets passed down. However, this was not the case for Paul, so we know that whatever Paul preaches is right with God and beneficial for us.

Parallel to this section, we can see a similar situation of the churches straying from the truth in the modern world. Many people are forming new ideas that conform to what they think and want in life. They then twist the teachings in the Bible in order to make it seem like the Bible supports their ideas. These actions are considered sinful because the actions lead many people astray and deeper into the lies that are being told. The best thing to do to combat this treachery is to be fervent with our relationship with God and to truly understand what the Bible tells us by studying it instead going with what other people tell us that does not match with the Bible.


Jay Christian Huynh

1 Paul, an apostle (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead),

2 and all the brethren who are with me, Unto the Churches of Galatia:

To be an apostle not of or by men means that Paul did not receive this duty of service from men, and did not serve to do the will of men. This duty was appointed by God, and so a true preacher only serves God’s purpose and does not do work to appease men. A preacher of men and not of God may also be one who only serves for their own ambition for fame, money, or control over others.3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father,

5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Having grace is to have mercy and love, and having peace is to be free of torment or guilt. Grace is what provides the soul with peace, and only God may provide absolute grace and peace upon us.

The grace of God the Father is mercy upon us despite the sins we have committed. The protection and love God the Father provides us gives us peace of mind. Jesus shows us His grace through the ultimate sacrifice of His own blood for our sins to liberate us from our guilt. Because our salvation relieves us of our guilt, we may have peace through Christ.

6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him, that called you into the grace of Christ, for another Gospel.

7 For this is not another; but there are some who trouble you and would pervert the Gospel of Christ.

8 But should we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.

9 As we said before, so say I now again: If any man preach any other Gospel unto you than that which ye have received, let him be accursed!

To be removed from Him is to be turned away from God, moving off of the path of righteousness. Christians may become removed from God if they follow false teachings or become too influenced by a society that detests God.

Other gospels are false teachings, or corrupted teachings used to advance men’s ambition. Other gospels are always accompanied by false teachers, trying to use or lead astray vulnerable Christians. One example of false gospels are those of megachurches who use their false teachings to gain wealth and popularity. Christians should never consider or follow gospels that do not come from God.

10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet sought to please men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

11 But I certify to you, brethren, that the Gospel which was preached by me is not according to man;

12 for I neither received it from man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Paul explains that he does his work not to gain glory from men, but to please Christ with his works. Christians should make God their priority, not the glory or favor from men. In these days, Christians are beginning to quickly lose favor with the world and are being persecuted around the world.

Paul reminds the readers that the Gospel he spreads is not of his own or other men, but is from God. This Gospel of Christ was not a creation of man, but has divine inspiration from God. Paul received his testimony from Christ Himself, when Christ intercepted Paul on his road to Damascus.

When Paul mentioned the revelation of Christ, he referred to when he received His mission from Christ on the road to Damascus. Paul received a vision of Christ while traveling to persecute Christians, which was when Paul learned he was wrong in persecuting the Christians. If Paul had not received a revelation from Jesus Christ instructing him to do God’s will, Paul would have continued to persecute the Christians. All of Paul’s writings have only come from God, as with all of his knowledge.

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