A Righteousness Not Our Own- Galatians 1-6

Intro: The Preamble to the United States Constitution is an important part of that great document. The purpose of the Preamble is to “succinctly state the principles at work in the full text” or, “a brief introductory statement of the Constitution’s fundamental purposes and guiding principles.”

 

The Church has been given a constitution as well. We know it as the book of Romans. The preamble to the constitution of the Church is the book of Galatians. Galatians is most likely one of the first books of the New Testament to be written (only preceded possibly by the book of James) followed closely by the books of Matthew and 1 and 2 Thessalonians  and then I and 2 Corinthians and Romans.

 

  • The declaration of justification by grace through faith (1-2)
    1. The gospel of grace described (1:1-5)
      1. Means of grace (1:1, 4a)
      2. Result of grace (1:3)
      3. Accomplishment of grace (1:4b)
      4. Purpose of grace (1:5)
    2. The gospel of grace defied (1:6-9)
      1. Grace deserted (1:6)
      2. Grace distorted (1:7)
      3. Grace vindicated (1:8-9)
    3. The gospel of grace defended (1:10-2:21)
      1. The source of grace (1:10-17)
      2. The substantiation of grace (1:18-24)
      3. The specimen of grace (2:1-14)
      4. The sufficiency of grace (2:15-21)