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Bible study notes. Dec 07,2018

The book of Galatians Chapter 2 from verse 11 to 21

- When Paul and his friends arrived in Antioch where Peter was, they found him eating with the gentiles and he quickly separated himself fearing judgement from James and other Christians Jews. Peter was living a double standard life.

- Paul could not withstand his character, so he confronted him, knowing very well that this was the wrong way and not transparent way for the gospel.

- It’s the same way many Christians are leaving these days, we have all became two faced and prejudice when it comes to certain people.

- We must not fear men but fear God. The one and only God. The one who sees it all, the omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent God.

- When we face criticism in our lives; instead we must face it and deal with it head on. We should not run away from it and allow compromise in our day to day Christian standards of living regardless of our situations. God is good and he sees it all.

- We must not be hypocrites who do things just to please others and yet inside you have other ways or means.

- We must not be afraid of the true gospel for we are with Jesus Christ

- As Christ ambassadors we should protect our Christian identity at levels of life without fear of human judgements which are bound to degrade us.

- We should seek purification and repentance all the times. For our salvation comes from God.

- Salvations means: - being delivered from danger, disaster, destructions and so on. Its means being saved from:-

- And we are all saved through Jesus Christ.

- Romans 5 vs 10 say “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” It means we are not saved by the law or people but through Christ himself.

- Salvation is a process in which we are continually saved and we should attain to it

- So as humans at times we do things without thinking or looking at others around us.

- 2 Timothy2v16 it encourages us to avoid vain babblings which leads people astray.

- False teachings also come from babbling teachings.

- Compromises: - we all compromise our decisions at times and these actions do affect others in the long run.

- Paul did not compromise between the gentiles and the Jews instead he preached to them all and saved them all.

- So it means as a church we should share some things, teach each other in Agape love. We should allow ourselves to be used by God and whilst being used, avoiding tension

- As Christians we should learn to discuss things always in a positive way. Every conversation made in our Christian discussions makes us stronger

- Peter was actually encouraged by his brother Paul to be honest to the gospel and preach with the right actions and as well as living it.

- Vs 21says “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. Therefore we should not frustrate the grace of God by keeping on doing the wrong things every time.

- The more simply the believer relies on Christ for everything, the more devotedly does he walk before Him in all his ordinances and commandments. Christ lives and reigns in him, and he lives here on earth by faith in the Son of God, which works by love, causes obedience, and changes into his holy image. Thus he neither abuses the grace of God, nor makes it in vain.

- Proverb 29v25 KJV says “the fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD” shall be safe.We should fear the Lord and not a man. For fearing people is a dangerous trap but trusting and fearing the Lord means safety.

- We tend to make decisions fearing people and not God

- The NLT version says“Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.”When you fear people, you trap yourself in everything including your decisions.

- Do not cast your trust in man

- Jeremiah 17 vs 5 says Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. Meaning we should not trust in man, but in Jehovah the one and only.

- If you put your trust in the Lord, it helps you not to compromise and you will not operate under fear of what people will say or think.

- For a human comes with Law but God comes with Grace

- We should allow God to be in control of everything

- The law guide us from sin and give us a standard of moral behaviour

- Law convicts us from sin

- It drives us to trust in Christ because we can never keep commandments

- Law guides us to live as required and grace enables us

- Grace capacitate us to leave as Lord requires

- Grace empowers us to be what God want us to be and it gives us strength

- For to believe in Christ, is not only to believe that he was crucified, but also to believe that we were crucified with him.

- We learn what the nature of grace is that God's grace cannot stand with man's merit. Grace freely given every way.

- Romans 6 vs 19 says “I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness”.

- The focus of Christianity is not in dying but in living. Roman 6v10 The death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God.

- 2nd Corinthians 5 vs 19 says “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation”

- Colossians 1 vs 27 “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”

- Luke 9 from Vs 23 to 25 it says And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

- 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

- 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?

- What shall it profit us if we gain the whole world and lose our salvation in Jesus name, we need to fear the Lord, for in Lord there is salvation and redemption.

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