Galatians 1:3-5 Bible Study and Commentary
Last time we looked at Galatians 1:1-2 and saw that Paul established his authority as an Apostle and why he is the one that the churches in Galatia should listen to and not those that had come in trying to preach and teach false doctrines.
Are you doing the Father’s will?
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.
So why do you think Paul needed to establish this fact that he is this special type of apostle?
Well, after Paul established the church in Galatia others came behind him and tried to discredit him and setup a new teaching or as Paul will refer to it as an “another gospel”. A gospel that was different than the one Paul delivered.
What does the word Gospel mean? It means good news.
1 Cor. 15:1-4
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
It is the good news of Jesus Christ and what he has done for us. It is the simple fact that He died for us, was buried for us, and was raised from the dead for us, that we could be saved or rescued from perishing. It is the fact that he paid for our sins, and took the wrath of God upon himself so that you and I would not have to pay for our own sins and be separated from God for all eternity. Jesus and Jesus alone is the only one who could have done this for us. He and he alone is the only one who could justify us.
These three verses are so important to understanding the big picture. Before we get into the details let’s look at the big picture. The story starts with God’s grace which is verse 3. It ends with God getting the glory in verse 5. What is in the middle is his love for us. What is in the middle is because of God’s grace. And because Jesus was willing to do the Father’s will and carry out the plan which was from the beginning God gets the glory. God gets the glory because we didn’t do anything, but instead he did it all.
Now let’s look at verse 3. Grace comes from God. Grace is when God gives us something we don’t deserve. In other words, we didn’t merit any favor. We didn’t earn His grace. He extends his grace to us. Also in verse 3 we see the word peace. You can’t have God’s peace without first experiencing God’s grace. Grace always precedes peace. There are two types of peace. Peace with God and the peace of God. When we trust Jesus as our savior and are born again, we have peace with God.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ
At this point we aren’t an enemy of God or against God, instead we are part of His family and are at peace with him.
The second kind of peace is the peace of God. Because we are now in Christ we can experience a peace that only he can give. This is expressed well in
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Since I have been saved by Jesus, and I have trusted what he did for me at the cross, I now have peace with God and I can have the peace of God in my life.
I hope you can say the same. If not today is a good day to trust Jesus as your savior and let him do what he came to earth to do… save you. Call on him today and he will save you.
Now look at verse 4. What did Jesus give himself for? Our sins. This is a big point. He didn’t come to give himself for our good works, or our virtues, but instead for our sin. It is our sin that separates us from God. It is our sin that keeps us from being at peace with God and having the peace of God that Paul writes about in verse 3. Nothing can remedy this problem other than Jesus paying for those sins on the cross. You and I can’t do anything about the sin condition that we have. We can’t do enough good things to cancel out the sin in our life. Jesus came to save us, but in order to do that he must pay for our sins by going to the cross. Too many people miss this point. They believe Jesus came to be a leader, a prophet, a king, a healer, a miracle worker, a teacher and preacher. Of course he is all of those things, but his biggest mission was to rescue us from perishing and he has done this by dying on the cross for our sins.
The next part of verse 4 states that he delivered us from something. What is it? This present evil world.
So what does this mean? Well there are several things to look at…
He delivered us from Satan’s family and into God’s family. We belonged to this evil world and now belong to him.
Galatians 3:26 – For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
This verse implies that before we were saved we belonged to a different family.
He delivered us from the power of Satan and darkness.
Colossians 1:13 – Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
He delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 1:10 – And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
He delivered us from the bondage of sin.
Romans 6:6 – Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
In other words we don’t have to serve sin, but instead we are free to serve God and do right.
We have been freed to not think like this evil age, but to have our minds renewed with the things of God.
Now notice the end of verse 4. Whose will was it that Jesus die for our sins and deliver us? God the Father. Jesus came to do the Father’s will. Aren’t you glad he did? Aren’t you glad he didn’t give up? Aren’t you glad Jesus wasn’t selfish and decided to not do the Father’s will?
Now notice verse 6. All of what Jesus did for us was for his glory. When Jesus did the Father’s will it was for His glory.
It begins with God’s grace. It ends with God getting the glory. It was made possible because Jesus did the Father’s will.
Imagine if we did the Father’s will with the same dedication … what could be accomplished. More people would know the grace of God and the peace of God. More people would know Jesus and what it is like to be forgiven, rescued and delivered. And ultimately God would get more glory.