The Sufficiency of the Cross
''Paul, an apostle (not sent from men, nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead), and all the brethren 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, that He might deliver us out of his present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen. (Now I put a couple of exclamation points after that because that's the way I believe Paul intended it. This immediately tells you what we're going to be talking about in this epistle. Paul is very excited about it and it's an excitement that has some heat with it and he says ''Amen!'' and then you're not surprised when you read these next words...)
I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you, and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed. For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond servant of Christ.''
This is one of Paul's more heated...more fervent books because of this subject that's very dear to his heart.
We were talking about the holidays with Phil that our two countries have in common. Last Sunday, in America, was Mother's Day. And I brought out Mother's Day cards that I had hauled all the way from the states because I wanted Kaye to have nice, beautiful cards on Mother's Day. I hear you ''Mothering Day'' is in March and so we were ...
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