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Sunday, August 14 2016

Galatians 1: Unto The Churches Of Galatia

"Paul, an apostle ... And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia"

Galatia was located in the region of what is today north-central Turkey, or "Asia Minor," as it was known in ancient times. The apostle Paul was born in Tarsus, in what is today southeastern Turkey. As such, Paul's missionary journeys (see The Meeting Of Paul And Barnabas and The Ministry Of Paul And Barnabas) began in his native land (see The Return Of The Home Town Apostles), before the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) commanded him to take the same Gospel to Europe (i.e. Greece and Italy; see The Intercontinental Church Of God).

Galatia is also recorded in Paul's later journeys because he traveled through the area to go beyond it (see Paul, The Apostle To The World).

Paul's Second Missionary Journey Paul taught the believers of the region of Galatia to become "Christians" (see also Where Believers Were First Called Christians). As such, his epistle to them began with a greeting to "all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia" i.e. it was addressed to more than just one congregation in any one city of Galatia - which also indicates, as we will read, that their "other gospel" problem involved more than just one congregation or any one city.

"1:1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) 1:2 And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:

1:3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: 1:5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." (Galatians 1:1-5 KJV)

There is only one true Gospel (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?) - that the LORD God was born as Jesus Christ to be Sacrificed as the atonement for the sins of humanity (see The Christian Day Of Atonement: Past, Present and Future) and that He is going to return to establish the eternal Kingdom of God on Earth (see The Only Political Party That's Going To Survive and The Patriotism Prophecy).

Some people ("there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ"; see also 2 Peter: 'The Servants Of Corruption Promise Liberty') had begun to mislead the churches of Galatia into drifting away from the light of the true Gospel. Paul's admonition and warning was as much to the misleaders as it was to the misled: "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."

"1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ." (Galatians 1:6-10 KJV)

Paul was a servant of the LORD; he was not a liberal/rebel philosopher. His credentials was the Word of God that the LORD gave him to speak. Paul was a representative of the LORD, not of himself - which is the true meaning of "apostle" (see the Fact Finder question below).

"1:11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1:13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 1:14 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, 1:16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: 1:17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.

1:18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. 1:19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother. 1:20 Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not. 1:21 Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; 1:22 And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ: 1:23 But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. 1:24 And they glorified God in me." (Galatians 1:11-24 KJV)

Fact Finder: Which happens first - disciple or apostle?
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This Day In History, August 14

405 BC: The Battle of Aegospotami, a naval victory of Sparta over Athens, the final battle of the Peloponnesian War. The Athenian commander, Conon, lost 160 of his 180 ships and the 4,000 of his troops that were captured were all executed (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).

Greek Galleys 410: Alaric sacked Rome (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1385: The Battle of Aljubartota. A decisive engagement in which Portuguese forces stopped the Spanish invasion of Portugal led by John I, king of Castile. The victory assured Portugal's independence.

1415: The Battle of Ceuta. Portuguese forces under Henry the Navigator were victorious over the Marinids.

1551: Turkish forces captured Tripoli (for the history of the later Turkish-Ottoman Empire, see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

1559: Spanish explorer de Luna enters Pensacola Bay, Florida.

1733: The War of the Polish Succession began.

1784: The first Russian colony in Alaska was founded on Kodiak Island.

1893: France became the first country in the world to require motor vehicle registration.

1900: The Boxer Rebellion in China ended.

1912: U.S. Marines invaded Nicaragua to support the U.S.-installed regime there (communist Russia did the same sort of thing through much of the 20th century e.g. Hungary, Poland, East Germany etc.). The famous terms "banana republic" and "Yankee Go Home" originated from those invasions of countries in South and Central America.

1916: During the First World War (1914-1918), Romania declared war on Austria-Hungary.

1941: The Atlantic Charter, a joint declaration issued during the Second World War by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt (the U.S. at the time still not in the war) after 5 days of conferences aboard warships in the North Atlantic.

1945: Japan formally surrendered at the end of the Second World War. The war's death toll: 15,000,000 military and 38,000,000 civilian dead.

1947: Pakistan was founded when British rule over the region ended and the Asian subcontinent was partitioned into Islamic Pakistan and predominantly Hindu India. Pakistan comprised two portions, West and East, which later became independent Bangladesh.

1973: The secret U.S. bombing of Cambodia ended, marking the end of 12 years of U.S. involvement in Indochina.

1980: Gdansk, Poland shipyard workers under the leadership of Lech Walesa began strikes against the communist government.

1994: The terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, known as "Carlos the Jackal," was captured.

2003: A days-long power blackout began in the northeast U.S. and Canada, affecting 45 million people in the U.S. and 10 million in Ontario. It was caused by a malfunction at a power plant in Ohio that caused a cascade of power failures in power stations around the Great Lakes region. It was the second-largest blackout in history, second only to the 1999 blackout in Brazil.


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