Introducing the Study Series on Galatians

Introducing the Study Series on Galatians

Introducing the Study Series on Galatians

Wherever we are in our spiritual journey, if there is one reminder that will comfort us, strengthen us and keep us, is the fact of the Gospel. The genuine and explicit gospel is that Christ died for us, while we were yet sinners. That grace, that undeserved favor, that met us when we were helpless and hopeless. By His grace, He freed us from the bondage of sin and slavery. He has justified us through faith in Christ and has given us a place in eternity.

The epistle to Galatians abounds with Paul’s writing on justification by faith and freedom in Christ. As we studied Galatians in our family prayer time we discovered the depths of Paul’s teaching to the early churches and was intrigued by this man’s passion for Christ and His gospel and his zeal for the members of the church in the way he admonishes them when they go astray.

For the next few weeks, I will be sharing with you what we studied from Galatians here. I hope you will journey with me and discover the blessed assurance of the Gospel that wonderful grace that sustains us!

 

Key Passage

…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.” Galatians 2:16-21

Author

 

Based on the verses “Paul, an apostle…” Galatians 1:1 and “indeed I, Paul, say to you…” Galatians 5:2 we know that Paul wrote this epistle.

 

Date and Audience

 

The letter was written “to the churches of Galatia” Galatians 1:2 But it is uncertain as to which part of Galatia, northern or southern. If it was addressed to the church in southern Galatia, it could be written between 48 and 50 AD. If the recipients were from northern Galatia, the letter could be written between 55 and 57 AD.

 

Background and Theme

 

While Paul was preaching gospel among the gentiles, false teachers, of the legalistic Jewish sect were going around and teaching a different gospel (Galatians 1:6-7) among the Galatians. This teaching included the message that salvation was through faith in Christ, in addition to being circumcised and keeping the mosaic law. They also questioned Paul’s authority as an apostle. Galatians easily gave in to this teaching.

Paul wrote this letter to the Galatians, defending his apostleship, defending the ONE gospel and explained to them that the one gospel consisted of justification by faith in Christ and not by keeping the law. Fruits of course are essential as a result of salvation, but they are definitely not the cause for it.

What a reassurance to know that Christ paid it all! If we were to earn our way to heaven, we wouldn’t know where to begin. Oh how much we have received through His grace!

This is going to be an interesting study and I hope you will explore along with me.

Read next post in the series : Grace and this Evil Age

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I enjoy learning from God’s word, it amazes me, the wisdom and treasures of God and the way He reveals them to me day after day in a profound manner. In this space I share with you what I’ve learnt through my time with the Word. I earnestly believe that learning alone isn’t sufficient but walking in the word is crucial in a believer’s life. As much as I desire to walk in the word, it’s not always easy. My hope is to encourage you, my dear friend, in your walk with God with words that He has used to strengthen my own walk with Him.

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