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Galatians Study Guides
Focus
Justification by Faith Defended
Justification by Faith Applied
Notes
1:1-24
2:1-21
3:1-25
4:1-31
5:1-26
6:1-18
Topic
Biographical Explanation
Doctrinal Exposition
Practical Exhortation
Credentials
Argumentation
Application 

The Galatians Devotional Series


Galatians Outline

I. Justification by Faith Defended (1:1-4:31)
A. Consider my credentials (1:1-2:21)
    Paul's Apostleship (1:1-24)
    Paul's experience with the circumcision (2:1-21)
B. Debating that righteousness does not come by the Law(3:1-4:10) 
  • Didn't you receive the Spirit by faith? (3:1-5)
  • Haven't you been justified by faith like Abraham? (3:6-14)
  • Aren't you relying on the law? (3:15-18)
  • Doesn't the Law serve a different purpose? (3:19-29)
    • It is ineffective to justify us (3:19-22)
    • Rather it leads us to Christ through conviction of sin (3:23-29)
  • Haven't you become sons of God and are no longer slaves to the law? (4:1-10)
C. Compare my labor for you versus that of the circumcision(4:12-20)
    You formerly accept me, despite my affliction in the flesh. 
    Do you now reject me because I tell you the truth?
    The group of the circumcision tries to make a good showing in the flesh
    while telling you lies.
    Perhaps you have not really believed and my work has been in vain.
D. Consider a scriptural analogy (4:21-31)
    Sarah - the Doctrine of justification by faith
    Sarah's son Isaac - the believers in justification by faith
    Hagar - the Doctrine of justification by the Law
    Hagar's son Ishmael - the group of the circumcision
    Ishmael persecutes Isaac - the circumcision persecutes the believers
    Cast out the bondwoman with her son
      cast out the doctrine and the group of the circumcision
II. Justification by Faith Applied (5:1-6:18)
Stand in Freedom (5:1-12)
  • Against the Doctrine of the Circumcision (5:1-6)
  • Against the Group of the Circumcision (5:7-12)
Walk in the Spirit against the Flesh (5:13-6:10)
  • in love (5:13-15)
  • being led by the Spirit (5:16-26)
    • not producing the fruits of the flesh (5:19-21)
    • but producing the fruits of the Spirit (5:22-26)
  • responsibly (6:1-6)
    • to those under your authority (6:1-2)
    • to yourself (6:3-5)
    • to those in authority over you (6:6)
  • with expectation of reward (6:7-10)
  • boasting in the cross, not in the flesh (6:11-18)



 

Justification by Faith Defended

1:1-2:21
On the basis of
Paul's Credentials
Paul's Apostleship & 
Jewish background
Paul's Experience 
in dealing with this issue
3:1-14
Faith vs the Law
Justification comes by faith
The Law
Ineffective to Justify
3:15-20
The Law vs The Promise
of Sonship
The Law cannot override 
the Promise of Sonship
The Law
Ineffective to Disqualify
3:21-29
Purpose of the Law:
Leads us to Christ
Through Conviction of Sin
4:1-10
Son vs Slave
The Slave Becomes a Son
4:11-20
Paul vs The Circumcision
Motives
4:21-31
The Slave Persecutes the Son

Justification by Faith Applied

5:1-6
Slave vs Free
Stand in Freedom
Against the Doctrine
of the Circumcision
Get Rid of the Slave Woman
5:7-12
Stand in Freedom
Against the Group
of the Circumcision
Get Rid of Her Son
5:13-15
The Flesh vs The Spirit
do not indulge the flesh
Serve one Another
5:16-26
do not gratify the flesh
Walk in the Spirit
6:1-10
do not sow to the flesh
Sow to the Spirit
6:11-18
do not take Pride in the flesh
Take Pride in the Cross


PAUL
vs
THE CIRCUMCISION
vs
Authority Apostle 
sent by Jesus Christ
1:1 No authority and 
not sent by anyone
1:6-12
Attitude Humble, pleasing God 
Sincere concern
1:10
4:19,20
Prideful, pleasing man
False zeal
2:6
4:17
Objective Brings freedom  2:4; 5:1 Brings slavery 2:4
Technique Preaches true gospel from God 1:6-24 Preaches false gospel from men 1:6-12
Focus Boasts in the Cross
Grace
6:14
2:21
Boasts in the flesh
Law
6:13
5:4
Effect Causes them to run well
Being persecuted
Reaps eternal life
creates humility
5:7
5:11
6:8
5:26
Hinders obedience to God
Persecutes
Spreads corruption
creates conceit
5:7
4:29
5:9
5:26


The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources

Edition: Jul 29,2015