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Galatians, Chapter Two, Lesson Three

ADVOCATING CHRIST           Page 5

V.20 (Cont'd.)

** How much does Jesus love Paul and us as well?

So much that He "delivered Himself up for" us!
cf. John 15:13

** What does that say to the critics of Jesus who are still claiming He was just a good man who was victimized by a political movement that got out of hand and caused Him to be murdered.

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ was totally by the Father's design and in the control of the Son, no one took His life from Him. All see - Acts 2:22-23, John 10:17-18 and Matthew 26:47-56.

V.21 ** Alright then, back in Galatians 2:21, after receiving the unspeakable gift of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, who gave Himself willingly for us, why doesn't Paul want to slip back into legalism for salvation?

Because that would "...nullify the grace of God..."
Nullify [atheteo] means lit: "to do away with what has been laid down", or "to set aside". Paul wanted to live his life "Advocating Christ" to everyone he met, the last thing he would want to do is to "set aside" the glorious work of Christ on the cross.

** What practical reasoning does Paul use to reinforce his resolve to stand for the gospel?

"...if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly."

** How could you put that into your own words?

If it is possible to earn our own way to heaven, then it is a total waste of another's life to have them die for me, there no longer remains a need.

** Can you achieve righteousness yourself by keeping all of the rules?

No, no, a thousand times no! cf. Philippians 3:9

** What additional motivation do you see in this verse for always "Advocating Christ" in your daily life?

Others need to hear the gospel and believe, because Christ did not die needlessly. His death was the plan of God for the salvation of sinners.

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