Sunday

Reading Through The Bible - GALATIANS








Some Books of the bible are very short and some are very long but this one is one of the shortest.








GALATIANS  -  NEW TESTAMENT  -  EPISTLES

9th book of the NT 
48th book of the Bible



It starts with a blessing and reminder of salvation through Jesus in chapter 1 verses 3-5







I love the blessings pronounced in God's Word and we can see in the Epistles that they form lovely greetings.




What is it?

The Book of Galatians is one of the Epistles in the New Testament which means it is a Letter.



How Long is it?

It has 6 chapters.



When was it Written?

It is generally thought to have been written between 49 & 50 AD.




Who Wrote it?

The Apostle Paul

The first 2 verses tells us who it was from 
"Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead)," 
and all the brethren who are with me,"



Who was it Written to?

Verse 2 tells us who it was written to 

and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia "






Why was it Written? 

It was written because Paul wanted to clarify certain things for the Galatian Christians. 
 


The Overview Bible  tells us the following

"Paul hears that the Galatian churches have been led to think that salvation comes from the law of Moses, and writes a (rather heated) letter telling them where the false teachers have it wrong.."


Teach Sunday School  tells us the following

"The Galatians were starting to say Gentiles must follow the Jewish laws in order to be saved. It was confusing the people and putting a burden on them that was unnecessary. Paul wanted to straighten that out."




What did Paul want to explain about himself?


He wanted to talk about himself as an Apostle along with the other Apostles.

About what Christ's crucifixion meant to him personally and where his faith was found as we see in chapter 2 v 20






What did Paul want the Galatians to know about Christianity?


He wanted them to know exactly where their faith had to be focused - not on law and instructions but in Christ as we partly see in  chapter 3 v 26







What is the Book of Galatians most well-known for? 


It contains the passage about the Fruit of the Spirit in chapter 5 verses 22 - 23


22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 

23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.









How does it end?


With an instruction to continue to do good deeds
 in chapter 6 v 9
 





and
bringing their attention back again to the cross
 in chapter 6 v 9









OUTLINE of GALATIANS


The Overview Bible  gives us the following


  1. The gospel under attack in Galatia (Ga 1:1–10)
  2. History of the Law vs. grace debate (Ga 1:11–2:21)
  3. Salvation via faith vs. salvation via works (Ga 3)
  4. Slavery vs. sons and heirs of God (Ga 4)
  5. The sinful flesh vs. the Holy Spirit (Ga 5)
  6. How to do good in Christian community (Ga 6)











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2 comments:

  1. I find myself understanding so much more by rereading these passages from the New Testament.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this wonderful information.

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