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Galatians, Chapter One, Lesson Two

THE TRUTH OF GOD            Page 3
V. 7 (Cont'd.)

The term "gospel" means "good story" or "good news" i.e. Jesus Christ died to save you from your sin. The Judaizers' lie of salvation by keeping the Law was not good news!

** What effect was this lie having on some of the believers in Galatia?

It was mentally "disturbing" them with excitement, perplexity, and fear.

** According to the end of this verse, what was the goal of the Judaizers?

"...to distort the gospel of Christ..." It is important that they were not trying to throw it out totally. Satan's attacks are most effective when he merely distorts or perverts God's truth, rather than openly opposing it.

** How would you answer someone who argued that you could become saved by believing in Jesus Christ and then earning your salvation?

Romans 11:6 - It can't be both ways, the Bible says you are saved by Grace and you cannot earn it! cf. Ephesians 2:5 & 8, Acts 15:11, Romans 5:15

V. 8 ** What is so unusual about Paul's statement regarding those who might preach a gospel contrary to "The Truth of God"?

He includes himself! "...even though we..."

** Why would he do that?

No one is exempt!!! No matter who it is, nobody is to mess with God's truth!

** Why do you suppose Paul mentions angels?

Because false religions and cults frequently have angelic-like visions to back up their satanic lie. cf. Colossians 2:18 and 2Corinthians 11:13-14

** What is to be the impact upon the individuals life when he distorts the gospel?

"...let him be accursed..." [anathema] carries the idea of "doomed to destruction".
cf. 2Thessalonians 1:6-9

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