While reading through the book of Galatians, I realized how interesting the letter Paul wrote to them was. It was very insightful, inspiring, and edifying. I wanted other people to feel how I felt, and find a way to make the word of God of interest to them. So I decided to simply make a blog series called “Galatians Made Easy”. This will be a quick studies on chapters throughout the book, and I will highlight key things that stood out to me as I indulged in studies throughout Apostle Paul’s letter. THIS IS NOT to replace your own personal bible readings or studies but just to encourage you to search deeper in the word and actually learn to love it; we are all on this journey together!
Introduction to the book & Paul’s Greeting. (1:1-5)
When we search through the scriptures, we see no more passionate, comprehensive, yet mind boggling truths of the gospel than in the book of Galatians. Paul profoundly speaks about salvation through faith in Jesus Christ alone (Solus Christus) (Gal 2:16; 3:11,12). Salvation is not earned by what you do or what you think you can do, many of us fall into the trap of trying to receive salvation by the deeds we do. Paul’s concise refusal to agree with the Judaizers in this letter changed and transform so many lives from, my heroes Martin Luther (The revolutionary reformer and father of Protestantism) to John Wesley (Father of the Methodist & Holiness Movement). People want to generally work their way to heaven by their good deeds and that is easily seen. I believe that is why there are so many religions that say “do good and go to heaven”. But in this book Paul reveals the arrogance of such thinking. It ends up coming to a false view of the gospel and turns people away from the Lord (Gal 1:6). We are able to stand justified before God, but only through Jesus Christ, because nothing else CAN and will save.
Vs 1 Paul an apostle.
We see that the first thing Paul gives is a salutation of who he is which is an apostle. He had the right to carry that title 1) He was called and given that authority by Christ when he met him on the road to Damascus 2) to assert his divinely given authority to speak to the problem confronting the Galatian churches.
Vs 2 To the churches of Galatia
He states “Churches” which means this letter was actually a circular to several assemblies within Galatia.
Vs 3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ
Paul uses Grace which was a standard greeting in his time and Peace which is the Greek translation of traditional Hebrew greeting. I personally believe he combines these two ideas of grace and peace to introduce the message that he is trying to give. (Check out 1 Cor 1:3, 2 Cor 1:2). The true message of salvation is based solely on God’s grace (1:6, 2:21) received by faith (eph 2:8) and it provides peace with God (rom 5:1)
Vs 4 who gave Himself for our sins
This is just a foreshadow of Paul’s later discussion on redemption and quickly summarizes the good news that Christ died for you. (1 Cor 15:3)
that He might deliver us from this present evil age
When Paul mentions this, it is quite similar to Colossians 1:13 which states that Christ has delivered us from the power of darkness into his kingdom. Both scriptures develop this truth based on the redemptive work of Christ.