Galatians 3:6-14

In verses 1-5 of Chapter 3 Paul argued for the truth of the gospel based on the experience of the Galatians when he originally preached to them; i.e., they believed and received the Spirit before anyone told them they had to keep the Law to be saved.  Beginning in verse 6 Paul makes the case […]

Galatians 3:1-5

Paul moves from discussing his own experience and justifying his credentials to reminding the Galatians of what they heard and believed when he was with them.  He asks them about their experience with the gospel and how that affects their theology today.  He makes it very clear to them that he is horrified and incredulous […]

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 1:1-5

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 […]