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God Sent Paul (vv. 1-2)
1 Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— 2 and all the brothers and sisters [believers] with me,
To the churches in Galatia:
Acts of the Apostles 9:1-22
Saul’s Conversion2 Timothy 3:16-17
1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
5 "Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked.
"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied. 6 "Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."
7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, "Ananias!"
"Yes, Lord," he answered.
11 The Lord told him, "Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight."
13 "Lord," Ananias answered, "I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name."
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name."
17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit." 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem
Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, "Isn't he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn't he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?" 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God [Or that you, a man of God,] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Peter 3:14-18
14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
God Send Grace And Peace (v. 3)
3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
Jesus the Great High PriestJohn 14:17
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, [Greek has gone through the heavens] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be [Some early manuscripts and is] in you.Philippians 4:4-9
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
God Sent Salvation (vv. 4-5)
4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
We cannot save ourselves
Psalms 49 [In Hebrew texts 49:1-20 is numbered 49:2-21]God will save
1 Hear this, all you peoples;
listen, all who live in this world,2 both low and high,
rich and poor alike:3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;
the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.4 I will turn my ear to a proverb;
with the harp I will expound my riddle:5 Why should I fear when evil days come,
when wicked deceivers surround me—6 those who trust in their wealth
and boast of their great riches?7 No one can redeem the life of another
or give to God a ransom for them—8 the ransom for a life is costly,
no payment is ever enough—9 so that they should live on forever
and not see decay.10 For all can see that the wise die,
that the foolish and the senseless also perish,11 Their tombs will remain their houses [Septuagint and Syriac;
leaving their wealth to others.
Hebrew In their thoughts their houses will remain] forever,12 People, despite their wealth, do not endure;
their dwellings for endless generations,
though they had [Or generations, / for they have]
named lands after themselves.
they are like the beasts that perish.13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,
and of their followers, who approve their sayings.14 They are like sheep and are destined to die;
[The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning)
here and at the end of verse 15.]
death will be their shepherd15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;
(but the upright will prevail over them in the morning).
Their forms will decay in the grave,
far from their princely mansions.
he will surely take me to himself.16 Do not be overawed when others grow rich,
when the splendor of their houses increases;17 for they will take nothing with them when they die,
their splendor will not descend with them.18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed—
and people praise you when you prosper—19 they will join those who have gone before them,
who will never again see the light of life.20 People who have wealth but lack understanding
are like the beasts that perish.
Matthew 1:20-21God promised to save
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, [Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the Lord saves.] because he will save his people from their sins.”Colossians 1:13-14
13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
The Call of AbramGenesis 15:1-6
1 The Lord had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 "I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing. [Or be seen as blessed]3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you." [Or earth / will use your name in blessings]
The Lord's Covenant With Abram
1 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
"Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield, [Or sovereign]2 But Abram said, "Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit [The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.] my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?" 3 And Abram said, "You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir."
your very great reward. [Or shield; / your reward will be very great]"
4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: "This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir." 5 He took him outside and said, "Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring [Or seed] be."
6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
5 And he brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be." —Genesis 15:1-5 (ESV)
Freedom In Christ
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- This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Galatians 1.
Freedom In Christ: Galatians 1:1-5
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- This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Galatians 1.