Our Purpose on Earth

Scripture Passage: 
Galatians 1:1-5
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Introduction: If I were to ask each of you to give me the top five reasons why you are glad that Jesus died on the cross, the list would vary between each of you but more than likely each of you would have the fact that you don’t have to go to hell in those top five. We tend to think about the benefits that we have received due to salvation and not our responsibility due to salvation. Let us look at one of the reasons for the death, burial and resurrection and what our responsibility is.

  1. It Involves Substitution – “gave himself for our sins” (Galatians 1: 4)
    1. Himself for our Sins (1 Corinthians 15:3; Hebrews 1:3; 1 Peter 2:24; Revelation 1:5)
    2. His Righteousness for our Rags (Romans 3:21-22; Romans 4:3-8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9)
  2. It Involves Deliverance – “that he might deliver us” (Galatians 1: 4)
    1. Deliver
      1. Used many times in scripture in relation to battle terminology
      2. Basically means to take from one place or person and put in another place or given to another person
    2. This Present Evil World (Galatians 1:4)
      1. Under a God (2 Corinthians 4:4)
      2. Under Princes (1 Corinthians 2:6)
      3. Has a spirit (1 Corinthians 2:12)
    3. A Key to Understanding Galatians
      1. The Book of Galatians is about the here and now.
      2. Most of us are most thankful about the cross for the future benefits of heaven and our life with God in eternity
      3. This verse however states that Christ died to deliver us from this present evil world
      4. The Book of Galatians deals very little if at all about eternity, but rather the Book of Galatians is a letter written with instructions for our life here.
        1. Galatians 2:19
        2. Galatians 2:20
      5. Galatians is much like the Exodus
        1. The Exodus
          1. The Deliverer – Moses
          2. Conflicts – No Food, Bitter water, No water
          3. Rebellion – They wanted to return to Egypt. They remembered when they did eat bread to the full, and flesh in Egypt, but they forgot that they were slaves
          4. Destination – Not heaven, but the land of promise
        2. Galatians
          1. The Deliverer – Paul
          2. Conflicts – Approximately 20 Conflicts in Galatians
          3. Rebellion – (Galatians 1:6; Galatians 3:1; Galatians 4:9-10)
          4. Destination – In this Epistle, Paul is not dealing with Heaven but rather the spiritual Christian life
  3. It Involves the Will of God – “according to the will of God” (Galatians 1:4)
    1. Still in context as present tense
    2. The Will of God is our Sanctification (1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 Peter 4:2-4)
  4. It Involves the Glory of God – “To whom be glory” (Galatians 1: 5)
    1. God took you from the grips of the world and set you apart unto Himself.
    2. He set you away from the world so that you might be a light for Him
    3. The Exodus was supposed to end with the children of Israel in the land of Canaan
    4. This land was in a key place
    5. The major powers of the Old Testament were all surrounding Israel and if they were to do any trading or fighting or anything else they had to pass by Israel
    6. God set up Israel so that people would know Him by looking at them
    7. One of the major purposes of the Book of Galatians and the cross and our sanctification is, the glory of God
Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 23:34

Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.