Galatians At A Glance

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Written by Paul. Galatia is a region not a city. It is likely the letter was sent to churches Paul established in the region. Rad about it in Acts chapter 13.

If we summed up Galatians in two words: FAITH and OBEDIENCE.

Galatians focuses entirely on the Central Truth, forgotten by much of Christendom, and which was being rediscovered, and is the basic truth that needs to be rediscovered in our time.

Galatians asks the most important question, one can ever ask, what do I have to do, in practical terms, to gain a right relationship with God?

Paul’s answer is Simple “Nothing”.

Nothing but admitting there is nothing you can do and putting your faith in Christ Jesus {Our Lord and Our Friend}, as the One who has already done it for you, “EVERYTHING”  that is “NECESSARY”, is all you “NEED”.

This might seem hard for most people, because we value our independence, and our ability to look after ourselves.

As an Australian would put it, “I am alright mate”, which is a statement which stems from pride and independence.The people of Galatia, also struggled to accept. They wanted to work their way into the Kingdom of God, to pay their ticket into eternity.

Paul stresses that the price had been paid already by Christ Jesus, they just had to accept and get on beard. Paul claimed this need to work their way to heave, is another gospel, a denial of what Jesus had done and the Apostles had taught.Paul explains again what it means to be ‘Justified by Faith’.

Galatians is a vigorous, urgent book. Paul has no time to work, he leaps straight in with the core of his message, he is a true apostle, chosen and appointed by God. {Galatians 1 verse 1& 2}.

There were people trying to bring the people back under the law. Paul had seen first hand what slavish obedience to the law, had done to people. He had seen ti’s failure to save anybody. There was no way he was going to let the Christian faith be taken back to that way.

Paul speaks on true faith. Galatians  3 verse 1 to 4 verse 31. The law was a temporary measure until the promises given to Abraham, could be fulfilled by Christ Jesus. Galatians 3 verse 19 & 20.

It was supposed to teach us, but now we have a better teacher. Galatians 3 verse 24. Why would anyone want to go back, when now through Christ Jesus we have true freedom.

We have been set free by Christ Jesus, it makes no difference whether we are circumcised, or not, what Matters is Faith, that leads to love for others. {Galatians 5 verse 6]

True freedom however should not be abused. It should be seen as an opportunity, to exercise love. if you want to follow the law, love your neighbour as yourself. {Galatians 5 verse 14}.

Paul is not against works, on the contrary, Paul argues a great number of times in his letters for the importance of doing the right things, and avoiding immorality. This works springs from Faith.

It is Faith that makes us love others, and obedience to Christ Jesus {Our Lord and Our Friend} that makes us offer others a helping hand.

In a Nutshell Galatians.

Paul calls Christians back to Personal Faith in Christ Jesus. Describes how people are ‘Justified” before God by Faith alone. Encourages Christians to use their freedom in Christ Jesus responsibly. Key Verse Galatians 3 verse 11.

Read Galatians and enjoy.

God Bless.

O F J.

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