Quick Overview of the Book of Galatians

January 5, 2015

This book, sometimes referred to as "The Magna Carta of the Church", has stirred believers for generations toward renewal and revival. The great spiritual awakening of the Reformation, spearheaded by Martin Luther is often attributed to Luther's understanding of this book. The Apostle Paul is the author and it was likely written between A.D. 48 and 60 primarily to defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ as well as Paul himself. There were false teachers (particularly Jewish-Christrians) who were declaring something that was not Scriptural. Paul argues in this epistle that the message of the Gospels is of God's Grace. A person doesn't win, earn or merit salvation. A person is saved by the grace of God and the work of Christ on the cross. Those who were teaching a different gospel (we will refer to them as Judaizers) were suggesting that Paul may not be a true teacher-apostle of the Gospel because he was minimizing the Law (the Old Testament way to salvation) of God. While they were making this claim against Paul, they were forcing potential converts to take a two step process for salvation: first to observe the Law and second to take Christ on top of the Law. These Judaizers were also creating doubt with those who were a part of the church, that maybe their salvation wasn't complete with only the work of Christ on the cross. Paul, under the direction of the Holy Spirit writes this letter to the churches of Galatia (see Acts 13 and 14) and with power and firmness asserts his position, as well as the wonder of god and the wonder of His glorious grace. If you have ever had any doubt about your salvation, Galations is a book that will free you from any such thoughts!

 

We want to encourage you to be preparing for the Message each Sunday as we work our way through the book of Galations. One way to do that is be working through a commentary that gives insights to this book of Scripture we will be traveling through. Our recommendation is "Life Application Bible Commentary - Galations" written by Bruce Barton and Dave Veerman and can be purchased online through CBD (Christian Book Distributors - stock # WW30267). Make an investment that is two-fold: an addition to your library and to your understanding of God's Word.

 

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