Someone brought it to my attention today that they could only play a minute on the podcast. I didn’t know that when I posted a podcast, it was as a “preview.” It seems that viewing the post with a phone will give you a “preview” but with the computer, it seems to work, and you can listen to the whole podcast on the post. For future reference, the instruction below will show you how to listen to a full episode if you are having trouble listening to the whole episode. I do apologize for any inconvenience.
If you are having trouble listening to the podcast, you can click on the title that’s on the player to listen to the whole episode on Spotify.
P.S. I have updated all the podcast posts with the instruction shown above. If you would like, you can go back and try listening to them again. May the Lord bless you all.
Click on Q&A Podcast or Podcast to listen to them.
4 This issue arose because some false brothers had come in under false pretenses to spy on our freedom in Christ Jesus, in order to enslave us. -Galatians 2:4 BSB
The phrase “This issue” is about making believers go back to the Law of Moses to observe it and keep it. See verse 3 and its commentary.
What makes “some false brothers” is when they add to God’s Word, which changes it to say something other than what God said, and preaches it to others as the truth.
False teachers came to the Galatians and pretended to believe in sound teachings like salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9), not revealing to them that, in reality, they hold to work-based salvation. They teach that a person needs to keep the Law, which is works, plus believe in Jesus Christ to get saved. Read Galatians 3:1-2.
Paul understood that Satan is the one who influences false teachers, see 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, to enslave believers by entrapping them, teaching them to keep the Law, which makes them forsake the finished work of the cross, see Galatians 5:1-4. The cross—Jesus, who died for our sins (John 3:16, Romans 5:6-9), was to show us that our good works cannot atone for our sins and make us right in God’s eyes (Galatians 3:11). Only by accepting the gift that God offers through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, into our hearts by faith in Him can we have all of our sins forgiven.
9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be under a curse! -Galatians 1:9 BSB
By Paul repeating it twice in verses 8 & 9 (see verse 8 and its commentary), shows the seriousness of the warning—believing in another account of Jesus Christ that goes against or contradicts what the Scripture clearly teaches about the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), will put the individual who accepts it under Divine judgment.
Those who believe it and spread the false gospel will get a higher degree of condemnation from God for deceiving others—taking them away from the Lord.
Two examples of false religions (cults) that teach a false gospel and Jesus are the Mormons & Jehovah’s Witnesses.