Bethlehem North Women’s Bible Study

Galatians 5:1-12 Christ is All or Christ is Nothing (Pam Larson)

March 13, 2020

AIM: See the clear choice—Christ is all or Christ is nothing! We can’t add to Jesus’ work on the cross.

The math:

  • Christ + anything = NOTHING
  • Christ + nothing = EVERYTHING

1--Christ is nothing 

     A. IF-- Circumcision accepted (v2-4)

  • No advantage (2); obligated to keep the whole law (3); 
  • severed from Christ (4) and fallen away from grace

     B. THEN--Continued warnings (v7-12) 

  • hindered you from running well (7)
  • NOT from him who calls you! (8) 
  • leaven (9) is legalism ...clean it out! “Cast out” (4:30) the false gospel of legalism. 
  • will face penalties! 
  • And a word of hope here: Paul is persuaded that the false teachers will NOT ultimately win the Galatians over to their view….why? Paul has His confidence in the LORD!!)
  • troubling you (10) … the false teachers will face penalties! 
  • Persecuted you (11)
  • take away the offense of cross by preaching salvation is Jesus plus circumcision (11)
  • Unsettled you (12)
  • emasculate themselves (12)

2- Christ is all! (v5-6) 

  • through the SPIRIT
  • by FAITH
  • HOPE! 
  • in CHRIST
  • only FAITH

G.R.A.C.E.God’s  Riches At  Christ’s Expense

G.R.A.C.E.God’s  Rescuing And  Caring Exertion (John Piper)

Cross-references: 1 Corinthians 15; Romans 5; Romans 11:29; John 8:31-32; Jeremiah 32:40; 1 Corinthians 1:8–9; Philippians 1; Jude 24; 1 Thess 5:23-24; Romans 8:30; 1 John 2:19; Hebrews 3:14