6 I am surprised and astonished that you are so quickly turning renegade and deserting Him Who invited and called you by the grace [unmerited favor] of Christ [the Messiah] [and that you are transferring your allegiance] to a different [even an opposition] gospel. 7 Not that there is [or could be] any other [genuine Gospel], but there are [obviously] some who are troubling and disturbing and bewildering you [with a different kind of teaching which they offer as a gospel] and want to pervert and distort the Gospel of Christ [the Messiah] [into something which it absolutely is not] (Galatians 1:6, 7 — The Amplified Bible).
People often tell me they want to read the Bible, but when they try, they find they don’t understand what they are reading. Let me explain. There are four ways to read the Bible, and one way leads to the next and so on. The first way is to read the Bible cover to cover, preferably out loud to yourself, without any understanding of what you have read. This is a spiritual reading. Your mind cannot figure out what you are doing, but what you are doing is essential! You are filling your spirit with the Word of God.
The second way is slower, but now you are digging into more depth. Buy yourself a Bible Dictionary, and when you come across words which perplex you, look them up. I recommend you write little definitions in the margins of the pages of your Bible so you can remember them. Do this from cover to cover of your Bible.
3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen (Galatians 1:3–5 — New King James).
These verses are Paul’s standard greeting—always Grace and Peace—and occasionally he throws in Mercy. Except for Hebrews, which he starts with one of his extraordinarily long sentences. We’ll cover that later. In this greeting He wants to deliver us from this present evil age. I’m old enough to be able to look back and see that an evil age has always been present. But we can rest easy. Jesus defeated the leader of that present evil. All we have to do is stand up and receive what He gave us—He took our sins! We’re delivered!
What does one do when one has been delivered? We give glory to our God and Father. How do we give glory? I can think of a number of ways, but I’d like to press in on one in particular. He likes it when we dance. He dances over us, so why not dance over Him. Nobody has to see you, except Him, and He loves our efforts. Don’t waste your time; just do it!
1 Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead), 2 and all the brethren who are with me (Galatians 1:1, 2 — New King James).
Paul speaks of his apostleship in these two verses. He quickly points out that only God assigns an office to a believer, not a man. No one has the right to be self-proclaimed. These offices, which are delivered to certain individuals by Jesus alone, are part of the Lord’s ministry.
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 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; (Ephesians 4:11–13 — New King James).