Paul knew the danger of the doctrines of Judaism
(Galatians 1 & 2)
Fred R. Coulter—January 25, 2020
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Let’s look at a few Scriptures that goes right along with what we’re talking about here, especially when you look at government and you look at churches, and any organization.
Proverbs 29:2: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people mourn.” You can take that and apply that to many different things!
Verse 4: “The king establishes the land by justice, but he who takes bribes tears it down.” That is exactly what has happened here in America!
Verse 12: “If a ruler hearkens to lies, all his servants are wicked.” We can apply that to how a church is run, and directly to our lives and what we’re covering here: Truth and doctrine!
Verse 14: “A king who faithfully judges the poor, his throne shall be established forever.”
Now, here’s one for the world today. Remember that Jesus said that lawlessness will be multiplied!
Verse 16: “When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases; but the righteous shall see their fall.”
Sooner or later it catches up with them, but the ultimate of that will be the return of Christ and the resurrection of the saints.
Proverbs 30:5—this applies to exactly what we are doing here: “Every Word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He correct you and you be found a liar” (vs 5-6). That is exactly what has happened to the Church many times over!
2-Timothy 1:13: “Hold as the standard for doctrine the sound words that you heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard the good thing that was committed to you by the Holy Spirit that is dwelling in us” (vs 13-14).
Notice how bad things were getting in the Church. We’ve experienced some of this in our lifetime, but back then it was everywhere.
Verse 15: “You know this, that all those who are in Asia have rejected me… [Why? Because they brought in the false doctrine and began to believe those!] …of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.”
2-Timothy 2:13: If we are unfaithful… [someone goes wrong] …He remains faithful…”--Christ always remains the same; Christ the same yesterday, today and forever, and ‘I, the Lord, change not.
Something that comes along that’s a difficulty, and contrary to the Word of God, then trust in God and it will be exposed for what it is.
“…—He cannot deny Himself. See that they remain mindful of these things, earnestly charging them in the sight of the Lord not to argue over words that are not profitable in any way, but which lead to the subverting of those who hear” (vs 13-14). So, it gets down to this:
· How strong are we in the faith?
· Do we really believe it?
Here’s how to make sure that you do it right; v 15: “Diligently study… [put forth a lot effort] …to show yourself approved unto God, a workman who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of the Truth.”
That’s how all false doctrines start--we’ve covered a lot of them--by wrongly dividing the Scriptures! One of the major ones was that the Father was the Lord God of the Old Testament. That was wrongly dividing the Word of God! Then believing the conclusion of it, and convincing others. How can you convince others? Maybe they’re not studying and proving things!
Verse 16: “But avoid profane and vain babblings because they will only give rise to more ungodliness.” That’s exactly what has happened!
Just before the Church fell, they had 120,000 attending the Feast of Tabernacles, and they had an income that year of $200-million!
· it’s not how much you have
· it’s not the number of people involved
It is, the way Christ looks at it, that you are converted and stay converted! That’s what God wants!
2-Timothy 3:16: “All Scripture is God-breathed…”
Notice how urgent Paul was in writing to Timothy, and how desperate that this apostasy was coming about.
2-Timothy 4:1: “I charge you, therefore, in the sight of God, even the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is ready to judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His Kingdom: Preach the Word!….” (vs 1-2). That’s what needs to be preached!
· not the ideas of men
· not the pet doctrines of men
Preach the Word, the Truth of God!
“…Be urgent in season and out of season… [showing that they were keeping the Holy Days, otherwise there wouldn’t be seasons] …convict… [that they will be convicted of their sins, there shortcoming and come to God] …rebuke… [when necessary] …encourage… [that’s what we need lots of, lots of encouragement] …with all patience and doctrine.”
So, a lot of the things that were happening were those who became ministers and elders who did not fully believe. Then Paul names four of them in these two epistles, that He turns them over to Satan because of the way that they were acting.
Here’s what happens, v 3: “For there shall come a time when they will not tolerate sound doctrine…” They won’t take line upon line, here a little, there a little, precept upon precept, and all of that they won’t do.
“…but according to their own lusts…” (v 3)--rather than submission to God!
That’s why it’s so important, and you’ve hear me say, in God we live, move and have our being! Especially in the Church with the Holy Spirit of God! Even the people in the world live, move and have their being by God! But we, with the Spirit of God, how much moreso!
“…they shall accumulate to themselves a great number of teachers…” (v 3). There’s always someone who’s going to come around and…
I saw this picture showing a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It showed the wolf with all the sheep’s fleece on it, and his nose up in the air and two little sheep right alongside of it.
I thought that was really a well-placed picture to show how these things work. There are those who infiltrate to try and establish themselves in positions of authority. If they get established in positions of high authority, what can they do? They bring in those Who they want and put them in charge! That’s what happened to Worldwide! That’s why it went down so fast.
“…having ears itching to hear what satisfies their cravings; and they shall turn away their own ears from the Truth; and they shall be turned aside unto myths” (vs 3-4). That’s what’s wrong with fake Christianity today! Everything they do is a myth except with properly reading the Scriptures.
· Sunday is wrong
· idols are wrong
· their salvation is wrong
· they’re doing away with the Law is wrong
but people like it! People like to be told that all you have to do is believe in Jesus. ‘Do you believe in Jesus?’ Oh yes, I believe in Jesus!’ You’re saved!’ How can there be a falling away if you’re saved once forever? It won’t be!
Let’s come to the book of Galatians and see how absolutely treacherous this was. We’ll cover certain things in the book of Galatians.
Galatians 1:1: “Paul, an apostle, not sent from men nor made by man…” After he was converted he went down into Arabia and was taught for three years by Christ through visions and directly!
“…but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, Who raised Him from the dead; and all the brethren who are with me, to the churches of Galatia” (vs 1-2).
Some people like to say that that means Gaul in Southern France, but that’s not true. This is in Asia Minor.
Verse 3: “Grace and peace be to you from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for our sins, in order that He might deliver us from the present evil world…” (vs 3-4).
It was evil back then, and think about the multitude of evil that they have today. Watch all of these ads of all the hightech stuff, and they get these goggles and put them on and it’s a make believe reality. You get movies on Netflix and people watch so many things that are nothing by fables and stories and lies.
So, when you come along and say that that’s a sin, they’re not going to accept it as sin. So, there has to be something happen in their lives in order for them to come to the point that they see that they need God. But the way this world, it’s a terrible mess out there!
“…according to the will of our God and Father; to Whom be the glory into the ages of eternity. Amen” (vs 4-5).
I’ve been accosted by people who say that I slam other ministers. Well, I don’t slam them; I point out where they’re wrong when they have false doctrine. We will see what Paul did, and I’m very mild compared to Paul.
Verse 6: “I am astonished that you are so quickly being turned away from Him Who called you into the grace of Christ, to a different gospel.”
What did we just read? Don’t add anything or take away anything! That’s how you get a different gospel.
Verse 7: “Which in reality is not another Gospel…”--because there’s no such thing as another Gospel. There’s one Gospel! The Gospel of Jesus Christ through God the Father!
“…but there are some who are troubling you and are desiring to pervert the Gospel of Christ” (v 7). How dangerous is that? Look at what Paul wrote in the next few verses in the strongest possible terms!
Verse 8: “But if we… [including himself and all the other apostles] …or even an angel from heaven, should preach a gospel to you that is contrary to what we have preached, LET HIM BE ACCURSED!” That’s really slamming them pretty hard! He repeats it:
Verse 9: “As we have said before, I also now say again. If anyone is preaching a gospel contrary to what you have received, LET HIM BE ACCURSED!”
Who were the ones coming around? You had two factors:
1. the Jewish factor; and a lot of those who came as Jews (2-Cor. 11) give themselves out as apostles of Christ, but are not
Who are they really following? Satan the devil!
2. then you have the Greeks that come along and say that if you read ‘this Scripture’ this way, then it looks like everybody goes to heaven
Besides, the Jews have it wrong on the resurrection, but we go to heaven, and that the only resurrection was Christ.
Paul had to correct them strongly in 1-Cor. 15 that they didn’t believe in the resurrection of the dead. So, let them be accursed!
Notice how Paul describes what he’s doing; v 10: Now then, am I striving to please men, or God?…. [that takes away all politics; all favoritism] …Or am I motivated to please men? For if I am yet pleasing men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Though they may claim themselves to be servants of Christ!
Verse 11: “But I certify to you, brethren, that the Gospel that was preached by me is not according to man.”
Even though when he got done with his three years of being taught by Christ, he went up to Jerusalem and only stayed two weeks. He talks about that a little later. Those in Jerusalem didn’t want to receive him.
Verse 12: “Because neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it by man; rather, it was by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” That’s a special teaching!
Paul being a Pharisee, God called him so that would eliminate, as much as possible, Judaism coming into the Church.
Verse 13: “For you heard of my former conduct when I was in Judaism, how I was excessively persecuting the Church of God and was destroying it; and I was advancing in Judaism far beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more abundantly zealous for the traditions of my fathers” (vs 13-14).
The traditions of men really are the key! That if the teachings of men come in and get codified as traditions to keep then you start really getting into trouble!
Verse 15: “But when it pleased God, Who selected me from my mother’s womb, and called me by His grace, to reveal His own Son in me, in order that I might preach Him as the Gospel among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then, after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Peter, and I remained with him fifteen days. But I did not see any of the other apostles, except James the brother of the Lord” (vs 15-19).
What happened was that Barnabas was on the ball. He said that with Paul being here, we’ve got to get him out of town, because there’s no way that he can be here in Jerusalem. People will hear that he is here and they will come and kill him.
So, Barnabas took Paul down to Caesarea and put him on a ship and sent him to where he came from up in Tarsus. He remained there a number of years until the first church of the Gentiles was raised up in Antioch of Syria. So, the apostles decided to send Barnabas down there to help out with all the new Gentile converts that they had in Syria. Then Barnabas went over to Tarsus and found Paul and brought him back to Antioch. Antioch became Paul’s quasi headquarters a little later.
Verse 20: (Now the things that I am writing to you, behold, before God, I am not lying.) Then I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. But I was unknown by face to the churches in Judea which are in Christ; they only heard, ‘The one who once persecuted us is now preaching the Gospel—the faith which he once destroyed.’ And they glorified God in me” (vs 20-24).
Let’s look at what happens here. Gal. 2 becomes very important. One of the big questions with the Jewish converts is that when a Gentile was converted he had to be circumcised, regardless of how old he was.
The Jews would take care of the circumcision on eighth day, so the question came with the Pharisees (Acts 15). They came saying that you cannot be saved unless you keep the Law of Moses.
That’s where a lot of Protestants get all discombobulated. To a Pharisee, what does the Law of Moses mean? All the traditions encircling the Truth of God! So, circumcision of adults became a great problem in the Church. There were those false Jewish ministers out there, and a lot of them would say, ‘I was in Judea’ or ‘I was in Galilee’ and ‘I saw Jesus, I heard Him preach and He said this or that, He said the other thing.’
Galatians 2:1: “Then after fourteen years I again went up to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus with me also. And I went up according to revelation, and laid before them the Gospel that I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those of repute, lest by any means I should be running, or had run in vain. (But indeed, Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was not compelled to be circumcised.)” (vs 1-3).
Why? Because conversion is the circumcision of the heart, which is a higher level of circumcision.
Verse 4: “Now, this meeting was private because of false brethren brought in secretly, who came in by stealth to spy out our freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, in order that they might bring us into bondage.”
So, it was all men must be circumcised regardless of the age, and follow the traditions of the Jews that encircled the Law of God.
Note sermon series: Scripturalism vs Judaism. You cannot understand the problems of Judaism and how bad it was unless you get that extended series. I read some amazing quotes that the Jews themselves have given, and how that it was such a furor in the Church.
Remember the first Gentile who was converted? Cornelius! Even before God let Peter know about the situation, Cornelius and his household were offering up prayers to God and alms to the local synagogue, the Romans! So, God sent an angle to tell Cornelius that you find Peter—he was at the house of another: Simon—and he’ll come down here and tell you what you need to do.
Peter had the vision of all these unclean things, and what did he say? Oh Lord, I’m so happy that we can no eat them. Today we could say that we can be just like the Chinese. NO! He said, ‘I’ve NEVER eaten anything common or unclean!’ then the three men came and he went with them and went to Cornelius’ house. What did Cornelius do? Peter walked in and Cornelius was bowing down to worship him! Peter said, ‘I’m a man like you, but the Jewish law is that a Jew shall not keep company with a Gentile.’
So, Peter went there, preached the Gospel and Cornelius’ whole household was converted, and God sent the Holy Spirit on them before they were baptized, to show that God was calling them! Protestants come along and say that you don’t need to be baptized. No! they were baptized afterward.
What other way could God show Peter that the ways of Judaism are not going to be in the Church? That was quite a thing!
Some of those who were with Peter when he went down there, went back to Jerusalem and told the elders there. Peter came back and they said, ‘What is this that you went into those who were uncircumcised?’
Peter told them all about the story, and they praised God and said that God has given them the Holy Spirit the same as us. But in Judaism, even though that was mentioned, Gentiles must be in a separate category than the Jews.
Also note our sermon series on Circumcision Wars, and that’s really in great detail.
Verse 4: “Now, this meeting was private because of false brethren brought in secretly, who came in by stealth to spy out our freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, in order that they might bring us into bondage… [of the traditions of men] …to whom we did not yield in subjection, not even for one hour, so that the Truth of the Gospel might continue with you” (vs 4-5).
He didn’t say that they were well intentioned. No, they were not well intentioned.
Verse 6: “But the Gospel that I preach did not come from those reputed to be something. (Whatever they were does not make any difference to me…”
That’s something you always need to understand: When the Truth is violated by those who are in charge, you do not have to put up with it. If you go to them and bring out what is right, and they don’t change, then you do like Paul, you leave! That’s what happened to the whole Church!
“…God does not accept the person of a man.) For those who are of repute conferred nothing upon me. But on the contrary, after seeing that I had been entrusted with the Gospel of the uncircumcision, exactly as Peter had been entrusted with the Gospel of the circumcision; (for He Who wrought in Peter for the apostleship of the circumcision wrought in me also toward the Gentiles); and after recognizing the grace that was given to me, James and Cephas and John—those reputed to be pillars—gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship, affirming that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcision. Their only request was that we remember the poor, which very thing I was also diligent to do” (vs 6-10).
Now, here’s the problem: I want you to notice how Paul was absolutely uncompromising, because he knew the dangers of the encroachment of Judaism. Peter was at fault!
Verse 11: “But when Peter came to Antioch, I withstood him to his face because he was to be condemned… [Paul did this publicly, not privately] …for, before certain ones came from James…” (vs 11-12)--politics! Those in Jerusalem are more important. No, they’re not more important, and they were not in charge!
“…he was eating with the Gentiles. However, when they came, he drew back and separated himself from the Gentiles, being afraid of those of the circumcision party” (v 12).
‘Oh, I don’t want to get a bad report back in Jerusalem.’ This was a tradition of the Jews that you don’t keep company with, eat with, or have anything to do with Gentiles. This was a tremendous problem! Let’s see what Paul did:
“…However, when they came, he drew back and separated himself from the Gentiles, being afraid of those of the circumcision party” (v 12).
All of those coming down from Jerusalem ate over here, Peter and Barnabas went over there with them, and over there were all the Gentiles.
Verse 13: “And the rest of the Jews joined him in this hypocritical act, insomuch that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.
That was a very dangerous situation doctrinally speaking, and fellowship speaking.
Verse 14: “But when I saw that they did not walk uprightly according to the Truth of the Gospel, I said to Peter in the presence of them all, ‘If you, being a Jew, are living like the Gentiles, and not according to Judaism, why do you compel the Gentiles to Judaize?’”
If you set them aside in a separate place, you are making them follow a tradition of Judaism. I was a meeting where the deacons and ministers were up on the stage having other deacons come down and take the best of the food from the pot luck and take it up there to give it to the ministry.
The minister in charge said to me, ‘Fred, come on up here.’ I said, ‘No, I’m down here…’ He told me three times, and I said, ‘No, I’ll just get my food here.’
He destroyed the church; he took over the church from me and I was visiting later, and he ended up committing adultery with one of the nicest women in the church. Terrible situation! You see the whole lesson of a little leaven leavens the whole lump applies in many, many different ways!
So, Paul called Peter out before all of them!
Verse 15: “We who are Jews by nature—and not sinners of the Gentiles—knowing that a man is not justified by works of law…” The King James says, ‘the works of the law’ and that is absolutely incorrect! Those two definite articles are not there in the Greek and should not be inserted. When they were inserted, they made no difference by making them italicized to show that they weren’t in the original. It’s “…works of law…”
Those of you who have The Holy Bible in Its Original Order, A Faithful Version, read:
· Appendix Z: Understanding Paul’s Difficult Scriptures Concerning the Law and the Commandments of God\
· Appendix R: What is Meant by “the Works of the Law”?
What were the works of law? The laws of Judaism and all the things that they did! As long as the temple stood, they could still have the sacrificial laws.
For those who are uneducated and they read the King James and almost all other translations--the works of the law—they say that you don’t need to keep the Law. That is a complete false interpretation, false translation and should never have been.
When I first understood that—BING!—that was like turning on a great floodlight!
“…but through the faith of Jesus Christ, we also have believed in Christ Jesus in order that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by works of law…” (vs 15-16).
Works of law would justify you to the temple as long as the temple stood. Works of law of Judaism would justify you to the Pharisaic system of Judaism, not to God in heaven above. Our justification and forgiveness of sin comes through faith and repentance, and belief in Jesus Christ! That is to:
· cleanse our mind
· cleanse our heart
· draw us to God
That’s far greater than all the works of law! Look at all the works of law that the Jews were doing, and what they were plotting against Christ. To kill Him, to destroy Him!
· How many times were they out to get Him? So much for the love of God!
· What did Jesus say of them in John 5? I know you, you do not have the Word of God dwelling in you!
He also said to them, ‘I know that you don’t have the love of God.’ Remember the Pharisee who was the doctor of the Law and ask them Him what was the greatest Law and commandment? Love God! That’s the start!
You can probably think of some areas in the Church where they had this to do, and this not do and so forth. They added to it and it shouldn’t have been there.
“…because by works of law shall no flesh be justified” (v 16)--before God in heaven above! That’s what that means!
We are justified by the sacrifice and shed blood of Jesus Christ through faith by the operation of God, and no work can substitute for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ!
So, if they have all of these works from Judaism, that would substitute what God wants us to do. He wants us to:
· believe in Him and continue believing in Him and Jesus Christ
· believe in His laws and commandments
· believe in His Word
· believe in His Truth
Verse 17: “Now then, if we are seeking to be justified in Christ, and we ourselves are found to be sinners, is Christ then the minister of sin? MAY IT NEVER BE!” That’s what Peter and Barnabas were doing separating with the other Jews.
The Jews came down from Jerusalem all high-falutin and political and wanting to do things that they did in Jerusalem. Don’t do it down there where the Gentiles are.
Remember what happened when Paul finally ended up back in Jerusalem? When they found him in the temple? They wanted to kill him!
Verse 18: “For if I build again those things that I destroyed…” Everything he did in Judaism was destroyed with the baptism in Christ, and faith and belief in Christ!
“…I am making myself a transgressor” (v 18). That’s what Peter and the other Jews were doing!
Verse 19: “For I, through law, died to works of law… [the law of the faith of Christ] …in order that I may live to God. I have been crucified with Christ, yet, I live. Indeed, it is no longer I; but Christ lives in me….” (vs 19-20)--by the power of the Holy Spirit!
· that comes from heaven above
· that comes from the Throne of God
· that comes from the Temple of God in heaven above
All these other physical works and things in the exterior that they were doing were not of God! Paul was doing his utmost to make sure that it never got into the Church.
“…For the life that I am now living in the flesh, I live by faith--that very faith of the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me” (v 20).
That faith comes from God, not by doing a work of law. That has nothing to do with whether we keep the commandments of God. That is how we stay justified to God and having forgiveness of our sins.
Verse 21: “I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness is through works of law, then Christ died in vain.”
Paul lambasted those people directly! He didn’t care if they were from James. He didn’t care what Peter and Barnabas thought of him. They were going against God, and going against the Truth and following the works of men, which leads to destruction! They had to be corrected publicly and vociferously!
Bible Hard Copy - The Original Bible Restored
1) John 14:4-6
2) 1 Corinthians 1:19-28, 26-28
3) Colossians 1:21-23
4) 1 John 2:15-21
5) Revelation 14:12
6) 1 John 2:22-29
7) 2 John 10-12
8) 1 Timothy 1:2-11, 16-17, 19-20
9) 1 Timothy 3:14-16
10) 1 Timothy 4:1-5, 13-16
11) 1 Timothy 6:3-5
12) Proverbs 29:2, 4, 12-16
13) Proverbs 30:5-6
14) 2 Timothy 1:13-15
15) 2 Timothy 2:13-16
16) 2 Timothy 3:16
17) 2 Timothy 4:1-4
18) Galatians 1:1-24
19) Galatians 2:1-21
Scriptures referenced, not quoted:
· 1 Corinthians 15
· Leviticus 11
· Deuteronomy 14
· Romans 2
· 2 Corinthians 11
· Acts 15
· John 5
Sermon Series (transcript book with CD):
· Scripturalism vs Judaism
· Circumcision Wars
From The Holy Bible in Its Original Order, A Faithful Version:
· Appendix Z: Understanding Paul’s Difficult Scriptures Concerning the Law and the Commandments of God
· Appendix R: What is Meant by “the Works of the Law”?