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The Authority, Power and Essence of the Gospel

The Authority, Power and Essence of the Gospel

Jul 28, 2019

Passage: Galatians 1:1-5

Preacher: Joe Nasvytis

Series: Be Free Indeed - Free In Deed

Category: God's Freedom



In the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith." (Rom. 1:17) 

Paul, an apostle-- not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead--and all the brothers who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (Gal. 1:1-5) 

 1. Since Jesus revealed the gospel directly to His apostles, we can depend on the _________________ and _______________ of the gospel in Scripture. 

 a. Jesus revealed the gospel _______________ to the Apostle Paul. 

For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man's gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ...But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone. (Gal. 1:11-12, 15-16) 

 b. When we read the Bible, we need to remember that Jesus is the __________________ of Scripture. 

"O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them _____________________ the things concerning himself. (Lk. 24:25-27) 

 c. Since the gospel is God’s power to radically change our own and others’ lives, our natural _________________________ is to have Paul’s ___________________ toward the gospel. 

I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (Rom. 1:14- 16)

“The truth of the Gospel is the principal article of all Christian doctrine... Most necessary is it that we know this article well, teach it to others, and beat it into their heads continually.” —Martin Luther 

 2. Since the gospel teaches us who we are and Who God is, understanding it keeps us ___________________ and _________________________

 a. We’re _________________ and lost apart from Christ. 

You were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. (Eph. 2:1– 3) 

 bJesus rescued us by giving ________________ for our sins. 

 c. God the Father accepted Jesus’ work in our place by _____________ Him from the dead and giving us the grace and __________________ Jesus’ achieved for us.

Much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. (Rom. 5:17)