Introduction to the Book of Galatians
Writer: The Apostle Paul Law/Grace?
The Book of Galatians was probably written A.D. 60, during Paul's third visit to Corinth, The Epistle was written to clarify : The Ten Commandments and the Grace of God. It had come to Paul's knowledge that the Galatians, had fallen prey to the legalizing and the Judaizing missionaries from Palestine.
The Galatians were not Greeks, but Gauls, " They were barbarians which came to Greece in the third century B. C."!
The theme of Galatians is the vindication of the Gospel of the grace of God from any admixture of law-conditions, which qualify or destroy its character of pure grace.
The Galatian error had two forms, both of which are refuted.
- The first error, is the teaching that obedience to the law is mingled with faith
- The second error, is that the justified believer is made perfect by keeping the law.
Paul meets the second and more subtle form by vindicating the office of the Holy Spirit as Sanctifier.
The book is in seven parts:
1. Salutation (Galatians 1:1-5).
2. Theme (Galatians 1:6-9).
3. Paul's Gospel is a revelation (Galatians 1:10 - 1:16 -1:21 - 2:1 - 2:14).
4. Justification is by faith without law (Galatians 2:15 - 3:24).
5. The rule of the believer's life is gracious, not legal (Galatians 3:25 - 5:15).
6. Sanctification is through the Spirit, not the law (Galatians 5:16-24).
7. Exhortations and conclusion (Galatians 5:25 - 6:18).
The Bible has no Errors prove it for yourself !
We are saved because Jesus loved us enough to give us a perfect life and make peace with God in our behalf !
"come quickly Lord Jesus"