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The Gospel’s Power: Satan’s Attack against the Messenger by Dr. Glenn Jago

“The Gospel’s Power: Satan’s Attack against the Messenger”

Galatians 1:11-24

The power of the Gospel is displayed every time a sinner is transformed into a new creation by Christ and granted a new identity in him. Satan, on the other hand, knows the power of the Gospel because it continually frustrates his evil plans; therefore, he seeks to undermine the Gospel by undermining the messengers of that Gospel. The question to Eve, “Did God really say?” now becomes, “Did the Gospel really come from God?”

Paul’s argument against Satan’s attack resolves the lie that his Gospel was too dependent on human origin to produce any authority for salvation. Paul, in sharing his story, sets out to explain why the Gospel he preached has power – because it is the Gospel from God; therefore, it is completely sufficient and effective to transform lives. In light of this, we need to be certain that the Gospel we are proclaiming is the one revealed by God.

The Gospel’s Power is:

  1. Affecting the transformation of sinners – Galatians 1:13-14
  2. Announced through Christ’s revelation – Galatians 1:11-12
  3. Armored by God’s call of grace – Galatians 1:15-17
  4. Accountable for bringing glory to God – Galatians 1:18-24

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