A REFLECTION onhow Paul’s lifehas changedbecause of Jesus
Justifying his position ofliving by faithand not rules
Recap of Ch 1 & 2• Appointed by Christ (1v1)• Jesus gave Himself for our sins so we could be delivered from this present evil age (1v4)• There is NO other gospel (1v6)• The gospel came from direct revelation from Christ (1v12)
Recap of Ch 1 & 2• A gospel experience is life changing (1v13 – 16)• The gospel brings liberty from religious tradition and not bondage to it (2v4)• It was witnessed by Holy Spirit empowering (2v8f)• It was confirmed by apostolic witness (2v8f)• Religious tradition cannot bring righteousness , but only trust in Jesus (2v15)
Gal 2:17 But if, in our endeavour to be justified inChrist, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then aservant of sin? Certainly not! 18 For if I rebuild what Itore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor.19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I mightlive to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is nolonger I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the lifeI now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,who loved me and gave himself for me.21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousnesswere through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.
Gal 2:17 When we Jews started looking for a way to please God,we discovered that we are sinners too. Does this mean thatChrist is the one who makes us sinners? No, it doesnt! 18 But ifI tear down something and then build it again, I prove that I waswrong at first.19 It was the Law itself that killed me and freed me from itspower, so that I could live for God. I have been nailed to thecross with Christ. 20 I have died, but Christ lives in me. And Inow live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave hislife for me. 21 I dont turn my back on Gods undeservedkindness. If we can be acceptable to God by obeying the Law, itwas useless for Christ to die.
18 But if I tear downsomething and thenbuild it again, I provethat I was wrong atfirst.
What was itthat Paultore down?His OLD wayof life
How does hedescribe it?• Living for human approval (1v10)• Deep passion to preserve the traditions of ancestors (1v14)• Bondage (2v4)
20 In fact my old way of lifehas been crucified withChrist. That life has ceasedto exist. What is happeningnow is that Christ isproviding a new life withinme. The life I am now livingis an expression of faith inChrist who loved me andgave himself for me.