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Galatians – Introduction, Background & Context

Before looking at Galatians, it is good to look at the background of Paul’s letters. What was going on at that time? What were the pressing issues that Paul was addressing?

No Other Gospel – Galatians 1

He isn’t speaking of going to heaven when we die. He isn’t even speaking of our personal salvation. His vision of salvation does include our personal salvation, but is much more than that…

Not a Party Gospel – Galatians 2

What is at issue, is whether Jewish believers in Christ will receive gentile believers, without forcing them to observe the Jewish customs. Paul points out the apostles at Jerusalem had no mind to force Titus to observe their traditions, but accepted him freely in Christ…

One Family – Galatians 3

Paul explains that the letter of the law was given to Israel because they lacked faith/fulness. They lacked faithfulness because their hearts were hard, they had shut themselves up under the law in self-righteousness. It took God coming in the flesh, and his death and resurrection to expose this hardheartedness, not just in Israel, but in all humanity…

Transformed Worship – Galatians 4

Our religious sacramentalism, not just of the Jews, but of human religions in general, had become a form of slavery. In as much as these forms shut us off from those around us, thy enslave us in a hostility and destructiveness within our wider communities. They lock us into a cycle of scapegoating and violence…