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The true apostles of Jesus Christ were chosen by Christ; The Twelve Apostles during the time of His human lifetime, Paul (see On The Road To Damascus; also The Apostle To The Gentiles), and others, after His resurrection. Each was given a job to do, and each was answerable to Christ, not to any other apostle (see Who Did Peter Have Authority Over?). If ever and when ever they came together, it was as brothers, fellow servants of Christ, as Christ commanded them: "20:25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 20:26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister [Minister means servant]; 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant" (Matthew 20:25-27 KJV)
"2:1 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. 2:2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain. 2:3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: 2:4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: 2:5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
Peter and Paul did not always agree; not because they taught a different Gospel, but because they taught the same Gospel to different people i.e. Jews and "gentiles."
"2:11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. 2:12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. 2:13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.
Galatians Chapter 3
To have true faith means to live a life of being faithful to God in thought and deed; "works" simply means obeying God (see Works Means Obedience), something that Satan, and those who he has deceived to mock and reject obedience to God just as the devil does, refuse to do. "2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? [see also Isaac's Faith And Obedience] 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only" (James 2:17-24 KJV).
Salvation is for those who obey God's Law, the Ten Commandments: "21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone" (Revelation 21: 7-8 KJV).
"3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 3:4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 3:5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
God's Eternal Law existed right from Creation (see The Ten Commandments Before Sinai?). The Levitical rituals, that came long after, were not The Law, but rather merely foreshadows of the Christian observances that fulfilled them (see Christ's Passover, Christ's Feast of Unleavened Bread, Christ's Pentecost, Christ's Feast of Trumpets, Christ's Day Of Atonement, Christ's Feast of Tabernacles and Christ's Eighth Day; see also The Lord's Holy Day Calendar page for Holy Day Sermons).
"3:15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 3:17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 3:18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
"3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ [see Baptism to understand how correctly-done baptism symbolizes death and resurrection]. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatians 3:26-29 KJV)
Galatians Chapter 4
Spiritual Adoption is how humans gain the right to become "an heir of God through Christ" (see also Mansions) provided that they accept God's offer of eternal life, by means of The Process Of Conversion.
"4:1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 4:2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ [see Born Again, How and When?]" (Galatians 4:1-7 KJV)
Paul's concern for the Galatians was for how they so easily were returning to the carnal lives that they should have left behind from when "ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods" - worship of idols.
"4:8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 4:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years [which does not refer to God's Law of Liberty or the True Christian Holy Days of The Lord; see How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 1, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 2, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 3, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 4, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 5, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 6, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 7, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 8, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 9 and How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 10; also Christ's Passover, Christ's Feast of Unleavened Bread, Christ's Pentecost, Christ's Feast of Trumpets, Christ's Day Of Atonement, Christ's Feast of Tabernacles and Christ's Eighth Day; see also The Lord's Holy Day Calendar page for Holy Day Sermons]. 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
Paul made an analogy in how Hagar and Sarah were the mothers of children of Abraham - as a portrayal of the two covenants (listen to the Sermon The Divorce and Remarriage of Jesus Christ from our Sermons page).
"4:21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
Galatians Chapter 5
Many confuse The Eternal Law of God with either the temporary rituals that portrayed Christianity, but which are now observed in a Christian way (see Christ's Passover, Christ's Feast of Unleavened Bread, Christ's Pentecost, Christ's Feast of Trumpets, Christ's Day Of Atonement, Christ's Feast of Tabernacles and Christ's Eighth Day; see also The Lord's Holy Day Calendar page for Holy Day Sermons) or man-made traditions of Jews (see Did Jesus Break The Law?) and Christian-professing people (see I Did It My Way) that were never valid in God's sight.
"5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free [listen to the Sermons First Day of Unleavened Bread: Beginning The Journey To Salvation and Seventh Day of Unleavened Bread: The Road To Life from our Sermons page], and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
By definition, Christians are a Temple of the Holy Spirit because it is only with the Holy Spirit that one can be a Christian (see Spiritual Conception and Physical and Spiritual Temples). Paul plainly warns that those who defiantly reject The Ten Commandments will not reach salvation: "5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God" (Galatians 5:19-21 KJV). The only "freedom from the Law" that humans have is freedom from the death penalty of the Law, if and only if they repent and obey God as best that they humanly can.
"5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
Galatians Chapter 6
The essence of Christian Living to the seek the good, in one's self, and in others, "for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
"6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself [see High Places of The Mind and The Two Kinds Of Pride]. 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 6:5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
Paul's letter to the Galatians concludes with a final warning for them to return to the way to life, "6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature" (Galatians 6:15 KJV).
"6:11 Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.