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The Gospel’s Message: Righteousness by Faith Alone in Christ by Dr. Glenn Jago

The Gospel’s Message: Righteousness by Faith Alone in Christ

Galatians 2:15-21

The reason we are to live deeply rooted in the Gospel is because: it alone deals with our sin through the sacrifice of Christ; it demonstrates its power by virtue of Satan’s all-out-effort to destroy the one preaching it; and it alone offers those believing in Christ a completely righteous standing and acceptance before God.

But, is the Gospel sufficient for living in the day-to-day grind? Paul offers us a positive example of what it means to actually live within the truth of the Gospel. The Gospel life is not our living by means of our effort but rather the living that comes through the very power of the One who offers us life.

  1. The Gospel alone ensures holiness – Galatians 2:15-16
    1. Defining holiness within justification – 2:16-17; 3:8, 11, 25; 5:4
    2. Divine accomplishment over human ancestry – 2:15
    3. Divine acceptance over human achievement – 2:16
  2. The Gospel’s authority exposes hypocrisy – Galatians 2:11-14
    1. The authority of the Gospel supersedes all authority – 2:11-13
    2. The action against the Gospel splinters the truth – 2:14
  3. The Gospel’s ability explains holy living – Galatians 2:17-21
    1. Determined by God’s plan not man’s perspective – 2:17-18
    2. Delivered through death to the law and life through Christ – 2:19-21

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