Galatians 2:11-14

Paul ends the autobiographical section of the letter and the defense of his ministry with a story about confronting Peter.  The purpose of telling the Galatians about this event is to demonstrate again the freedom that is theirs in the gospel and also to demonstrate for a final time his independence from and equality with […]

Galatians 2:1-10

Paul continues to defend his message from the criticism of the false teachers – criticism that says he is a second-rate apostle who simply distorts the gospel he was given by the real apostles in Jerusalem.  He has already told the Galatians that during the first years after his conversion he spent very little time […]

Galatians 1:11-24

Paul begins a defense of his apostleship and teaching.  Apparently the false teachers have not only questioned his status as an apostle but have cast doubt on the origins of his teaching.  They have said he is just a weak imitation of the Jerusalem apostles – Peter, James, John – and that his gospel message […]

Galatians 1:6-10

Paul gets right to the point.  The Galatians are in danger of leaving the faith and falling into apostasy.  They have accepted a different teaching and Paul cannot believe it.  He has no time for further introduction or for asking after their general welfare.  He wants to make them understand their eternity is at stake.  […]

Galatians 1:1-5

Galatians is considered by most to be Paul’s first epistle.  It is likely written to churches he started on his first missionary journey (Acts 13-14).  The letter seems to be a response to disturbing reports about new teaching that has infiltrated the churches in Paul’s absence and misled the new converts. False teachers have told […]