Galatians 2:1-21; Defending the Gospel

Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and also took Titus with [me].

And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain.

Yet not even Titus who [was] with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.

And [this occurred] because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

But from those who seemed to be something–whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man–for those who seemed [to be something] added nothing to me.

But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, as [the gospel] for the circumcised [was] to Peter

(for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles), and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we [should go] to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.

[They desired] only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do.

Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed;

for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision.

And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.

“We [who are] Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, “knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

“But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, [is] Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not!

“For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

“For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the [life] which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

“I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness [comes] through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

The New Covenant Jeremiah 31:31-34

[Jer 31:31-34 NKJV] 31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah– 32 “not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. 33 “But this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 “No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

  • The Mosaic Covenant – Exodus 19-24 Conditional, The New Covenant – Jeremiah 31:31-34 Unconditional. We do not have the Spirit of God within us. The Law cannot change us from the outside in. It reveals our flaws.

Requirements of the Old Covenant: 613 Commandments: Three voluntary sacrifices (animal sacrifices and grain offerings) Two mandatory sacrifices.

The Law only provided a covering for sin

  • For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, [and] not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.
  • But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. [Heb 10:1-3 NKJV]
  • Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin. [Rom 3:20 NKJV]

The Law does not lead us to being righteous with God

  • [Rom 9:31 NKJV] 31 but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.

The Covenant was broken by Israel

  • [1Ki 19:14 NKJV] 14 And he said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”
  • [Isa 24:5 NKJV] 5 The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, Because they have transgressed the laws, Changed the ordinance, Broken the everlasting covenant.
  • The temple was destroyed, the sacrifices ceased, the priesthood disappeared. The OT Law can no longer be performed.

The New Covenant

One Sacrifice

  • [Heb 9:28 NKJV] 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
  • [Heb 9:14-15 NKJV] 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

One Priest

  • [Heb 9:24-26, 28 NKJV] 24 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, [which are] copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another– 26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. … 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

Our sins are remembered no more

  • [Psa 103:12 NKJV] 12 As far as the east is from the west, [So] far has He removed our transgressions from us.

The Old Covenant is obsolete

  • [Heb 8:13 NKJV] 13 In that He says, “A new [covenant],” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

Under the New Covenant we receive Jesus’ Spirit. We are changed from the inside out.  [Rom 8:6-8 NKJV] 6 For to be carnally minded [is] death, but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

The Church of Philadelphia: Revelation 3:7-13

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”:

“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

“Indeed I will make [those] of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie–indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.

“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.

“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And [I will write on him] My new name.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ‘

[Rev 3:7-13 NKJV]

The Church of Sardis: Revelation 3:1-6

“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars:

“I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.

“Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.

“Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.

“You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.

“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Revelation 3:1-6 NKJV

Are You Living in Laodicea

We are living in a Laodicean age. By this I mean, the focus is less upon Christ and more upon what gnostic-Christianity can do and obtain for the flesh.

Much of Christian television consists of false-prophets and false-teachers promoting a new-age, gnostic movement known as The New Apostolic Reformation. You’ll recognize many of the proponents of this movement, Benny Hinn, Paula White, Bill Johnson, Sid Roth, Kenneth Copeland and dozens of others. Each one embraces all or a portion of NAR (New Apostolic Reformation).

There is an excellent article on this movement located at

These people also share something else in common. They are after your money and appear to be willing to use any deceptive device to get you to send your hard-earned money to them. It doesn’t matter if you’re wealthy or a widow living on her last dollar. They preach that you should send your money to them.

Paul warns of such people in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.

“And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.”

Paul also warns us “that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting… Ephesians 4:14

The problem of false prophets, false teachers and false prophets became such a loathsome, malignant sore during the First Century that a book known as the Didache was published and circulated through the churches as somewhat of a church manual. It contains my recommendations and definitions:

Didache 11:5-9 Let every apostle, when he comes to you, be received as the Lord; But he shall not abide more than a single day, or if there be need, a little more. But if he abide three days, he is a false prophet. And when he departs, let the apostle receive nothing except bread, until he finds shelter; But if he asks for money, he is a false prophet.

Didach 11:12-16, 20 Yet not every one that speaks in the Spirit is a prophet, but only if he have the ways of the Lord. From his ways therefore the false prophet and the prophet shall be recognized. And no prophet when he orders a table in the Spirit shall eat of it; Otherwise he is a false prophet.

And every prophet teaching the truth, if he does not what he teaches, is a false prophet.

And whoever shall say in the Spirit, Give me silver or anything else, you shall not listen to him;

Jesus was extremely upset about the merchandisers establishing themselves in the temple and ripping people off with their special spiritual goods. Look what happened in Mark 11:15-16 (NKJV):

“So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple.”

As I continue teaching through the Book of Revelation I am shocked over the condition of five of the seven churches mentioned in chapters two and three. I am even more shocked that their evil continues today and does so at the expense of God’s people.

I urge you brothers and sisters to be careful who you spiritually and financially support. Don’t send your money to heretics. Support your local church as long as they are teaching and upholding the Word of God. Do not get caught up in many of these modern day heretical movements.

Perhaps now is a good time to turn off your “Christian” television and get back into a solid Bible teaching, sheep loving (not sheep fleecing) church.

Don’t send the false prophets, teachers or those claiming apostolic authority another dime. They don’t need more mansions, jets, fancy cars or million dollar bank accounts. In fact they need to be as financially bereft as they are spiritually bankrupt.

May God bless you as grow up in His grace and Son Jesus Christ.

A Word to the Churches Ephesians 4:1-15

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.”

(Now this, “He ascended”–what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?

He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ–

Thyatira the adulterated church Revelation 2:18-29

“And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass:
“I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and [as] for your works, the last [are] more than the first.
“Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.
“And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.
“Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.
“I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.
“Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden.
“But hold fast what you have till I come.
“And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations–
‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’–as I also have received from My Father;
“and I will give him the morning star.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ‘

Revelation 2:18-29  NKJV

The Church of Pergamos Revelation 2:12-17


“And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write, ‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword:
“I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.
“But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.
“Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
“Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”

The Church of Ephesus: Revelation 2:1-7

[Rev 2:1 NKJV] “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:
[Rev 2:2 NKJV] “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;
[Rev 2:3 NKJV] “and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary.
[Rev 2:4 NKJV] “Nevertheless I have [this] against you, that you have left your first love.
[Rev 2:5 NKJV] “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place–unless you repent.
[Rev 2:6 NKJV] “But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
[Rev 2:7 NKJV] “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” ‘

Revelation 1:1-3 Who is Jesus? Who are we?


[Rev 1:1-3 NKJV]

The Book of Revelation SLIDE ONE

SLIDE TWO 1 Samuel 3:1 Now the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation.

  • The Revelation of Jesus Christ,
    1. Revelation: the unveiling SLIDE THREE
      1. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ. Gal. 1:12
      2. that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him…Eph. 1:17
  • that the genuineness of your faith, [being] much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Pet. 1:7
  1. SLIDE 4 Who is Jesus?
    1. Jehovah’s Witnesses teach Jesus is the archangel Michael and a god.
    2. Mormons believe He is a created being, an angel, brother to Lucifer
    3. Islam teaches He is a Great prophet but not the Son of God
    4. The Bahá’í Faith consider Jesus to be one of several manifestations of God
    5. Judaism holds that Jesus is not the Messiah
  1. SLIDE 5 Is Jesus God or a god? John 1:1; Definite Articles and word order.
    1. ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος


  1. SLIDE 6 Greek Subtleties Subject/Verb/Object Order: Koine Greek does not offer a direct word for word comparison to English.
    1. Alligator bites man.
    2. Man bites alligator.
    3. Koine Greek uses word endings on nouns and articles to determine the meaning. Word order is unimportant, unless you are using it for emphasis.
    4. In English if we wanted to talk about an Alligator biting a man we would arrange the subject, verb, object word. you could extract the words from a Greek sentence, put them in a Yahtzee cup, roll them out and the meaning would be the same regardless of the order of the words. This is because the subject/object is determined by the word ending not the order.
  1. SLIDE 7 John 1:1
    1. ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος
    2. ἐν ἀρχῇ does not contain a definite article. But it means in the beginning, not in a beginning.
    3. If the Watchtower applied their made-up grammatical rules to the opening of verse 1, they would add an indefinite article and translate it as: “In a beginning”. But there is no indefinite article in the Greek,
  1. SLIDE 8 John 1:6
    1. There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.
    2. Watchtower: There came a man who was sent as a representative of God.
  • Notice: There is no definite article for θεοῦ (God).
  1. SLIDE 9 Jesus is God
    1. The Apostle John calls Him God: John 1:1
    2. God calls Jesus God: Psalm 45:6-7
    3. John the Baptist calls Him God: John 1:23, Isaiah 40:3
    4. Thomas calls Him God: John 20:28
  1. SLIDE 10 Psalm 45:6-7 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions. NKJV
  2. God is your throne forever and ever; The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness. You loved righteousness, and you hated wickedness That is why God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of exultation more than your companions. NWT
  • SLIDE 11
    1. He said, “I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.“ John 1:23 NKJV
    2. He said: “I am a voice of someone crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make the way of Jehovah straight,’ just as Isaiah the prophet said. John 1:23 NWT
    3. The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God [Elohim]. Isa 40:3 NKJV
    4. A voice of one calling out in the wilderness: “Clear up the way of Jehovah! Make a straight highway through the desert for our God. Isa 40:3 NWT
  • SLIDE 12
    1. Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand [here], and put [it] into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” [John 20:27 NKJV]
    2. And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” [John 20:28 NKJV]
    3. Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed [are] those who have not seen and [yet] have believed.” [John 20:27-29 NKJV]
  • SLIDE 13 …which God gave Him
    1. SLIDE 14 Bridegroom doesn’t know the day or hour.
    2. Mat 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” Jesus is notified of the time.
    3. John 14:1-2 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, [there] you may be also. “And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
  • SLIDE 15 to show His servants (SLAVE: δοῦλος)—things which must shortly take place.
    1. SLIDE 16 (Jesus in the garden) Not My will but Yours be done. Jesus came to be a slave to God.
    2. [Phl 2:5 – 7 NKJV] Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant (SLAVE: δοῦλος), and coming in the likeness of men.
    3. Mat 6:24 “No one can serve (SLAVE: δουλεύω) two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
    4. Everyone serves either God or Satan.
    5. SLIDE 17 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve (SLAVE: δουλεύω) in the newness of the Spirit and not [in] the oldness of the letter. Rom 7:6
    6. I thank God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve (SLAVE: δουλεύω) the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
    7. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants (SLAVE: δοῦλος) shall serve Him.
    8. Mat 24:45-47, 25:23, 26, 30
    9. SLIDE 18 What must we do to be saved?
    10. that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Rom 10:9-10

      1. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. “No longer do I call you servants (SLAVE: δοῦλος), for a servant (SLAVE: δοῦλος) does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. John 15:13-15

SLIDE 20 Sent to His Slaves. What Slaves?

After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants (SLAVES: δοῦλος) of our God on their foreheads.”


  • SLIDE 21 And He sent and signified (sēmainō to give a sign, to signify, indicate, to make known) it by His angel
    1. [Rev 22:6 NKJV] Then he said to me, “These words [are] faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants (SLAVE: δοῦλος) the things which must shortly take place.
    2. to His servant (SLAVE: δοῦλος) John, who bore witness (μαρτυρέω) to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ (For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy), to all things that he saw.
      1. SLIDE 22 1 John 1:1-3
        1. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life–the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us–that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship [is] with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

The Promised Blessing SLIDE 23

  • Blessed (Makarios) is he
  • who reads (anaginōskō: to read, to distinguish between, to recognise, to know accurately, to acknowledge)
  • and those who hear (akouō) the words of this prophecy,
  • and keep (tēreō) those things which are written in it; for the time [is] near.

Happy [are] the people whose God [is] the LORD! [Psa 144:15 NKJV]