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Galatians 1:1

Galatians 1:1

Paul has a unique ministry to the gentiles. He was the only apostle that was called by the risen ascended and glorified Lord Jesus and by God the Father. Paul was given the profound mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generation. He was the man chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

He was not appointed during Christ's earthly ministry nor read more...

Galatians 1:2

Galatians 1:2

The books of Roman and Galatian are complementary. The former is a comprehensive discourse on the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith which is rooted in the gospel of the grace of God. It was sent to the Church in Rome and teaches salvation is by grace alone through faith in Christ, which has set us free from slavery to sin, through the fleshly works of the law. 

The epistle to the Galatians was sent to all the read more...

Galatians 1:4

Galatians 1:4

Paul is not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for he knew that it is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe. Paul received revelation of the Gospel of grace directly from God and not from the twelve apostles or from any other eye-witnesses of Christ's earthly life.

But just as it is today, there were those in Paul's time who questioned his authority.. because he did not receive the gospel he taught from Christ's read more...

Galatians 1:6

Galatians 1:6

Paul does not pull his punches when he challenges the Galatian believers on their readiness to depart from the unchangeable, truth of God's Word to a false gospel. He marvelled at the rapidity with which they turned from the glorious gospel of God's grace:- by faith alone in Christ's finished work at Calvary, to a different gospel, which was not an optional alternative, but a totally false gospel. This was a departure from the truth, which was leading read more...

Galatians 1:7

Galatians 1:7

Paul taught the Galatian believers that salvation is from the Lord and that it is received as a free gift of grace through faith in Jesus Christ. He taught them that salvation was only through the blood of the Lord Jesus, shed at Calvary and His glorious resurrection from the dead. Paul clearly taught that that salvation was a gift of God for all who would believe in His name.

Paul had also taught that salvation was to glorify God read more...

Galatians 1:8

Galatians 1:8

How important it is to be immersed the Word of God and to search out the glorious truths that are contained within its pages, but the serious consequences of perverting the truth of the Gospel of Christ (Who died for our sins, was buried for three days and rose from the dead) with a false, legalistic gospel, is fiercely criticized and condemned by Paul.

When the good news of the Gospel of the grace of God is distorted and read more...

Galatians 1:9

Galatians 1:9

It was pretty obvious that the false teaching that was infiltrating the Church at Galatia was a particularly serious error. Unlike Paul's other letter to different churches which gives various commendation.. there are no introductory greetings which commend these believers but an almost immediate verbal assault on their erroneous practice. Paul marvelled that they had so quickly turned away from the true gospel of God, which he himself had taught them.. to a read more...

Galatians 1:10

Galatians 1:10

The Galatian Christians were being targeted by legalistic Jews, who were not only spreading a fabricated gospel; a distorted doctrine and a false Christ to Christians in the Church, but were deliberately seeking to discredit Paul, and the unique ministry and mission, to which he had been commission, by the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself.

To put it bluntly, the spirit of antichrist had infected the Church.. and doctrines of demons had read more...

Galatians 1:11

Galatians 1:11

After a short and pithy introduction to his Galatian epistle, Paul jumps right into his serious concern about the Galatian believers' hasty departure, from the simple gospel of grace, to another teaching.. that perverts the truth.

So distressed was the apostle with this doctrinal error, that he wrote.. that if any man preached any other gospel.. than the one he, himself had delivered - let him be accursed.

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Galatians 1:12

Galatians 1:12

Galatians is an epistle that effectively, eloquently and authoritatively defends Paul's apostolic credentials, for the doctrine he teaches in all his epistles was not received in any way, shape or form from any human source.. nor by the teachings of any other man.

Paul had been present at Stephen's defence of the gospel and no doubt had heard certain teachings from Peter, John, James and other early church leaders. He had been read more...

Galatians 1:15

Galatians 1:15

The apostleship of Paul was truly unique. Every other apostle, including Matthias (who was the person that the eleven disciples chose to replace Judas), were men who had been with Jesus from the very start of His ministry.

With the exception of Paul, all the apostles were with Jesus from the very beginning.. when John was baptising in the wilderness, until the day that Christ ascended into heaven - and all were witness read more...

Galatians 1:16

Galatians 1:16

Paul was a chosen apostle of God. However, he was often required to defend His apostolic calling in those early days of the Church, because.. in the opinions of many, his credentials did not fit in with their perceived expectations of what an Apostle should be. This was especially the case in Galatia, where many legalists and Judaizers found it very difficult to accept that a change in God's management had taken place.

Before the read more...

Galatians 1:17

Galatians 1:17

The apostle Paul had a ministry that was distinct from the other disciples, who accompanied the Lord Jesus from the beginning of His earthly ministry. In various of his epistles, he emphasized that he was given his gospel, by special revelation, directly from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Although his message does not conflict with the teaching of the other apostles, Paul was independent of them, in many respects, and was the one and read more...

Galatians 1:18

Galatians 1:18

Paul's authority was challenged by Judaisers in Galatia, who distorted the truth of the gospel, by persuading believers to add works of the law to the gospel of grace, and so he presented a series of arguments in defence of his message, ministry, apostleship and doctrine.

One by one Paul listed the evidences supporting his apostolic authority and detailing events following his conversion, on the road to Damascus - when he read more...