Closing out thClosing out this series on Galatians with chapters 5 and 6 brings us to finally seeing Paul's anger subside. He turns his attention from proving his theology of justification by faith to focusing now on future living. Paul articulates the difference between living life by the flesh vs. life by the Spirit. In this study, the fruit of the Spirit takes center stage as Paul invites the Galatian churches to stand and recognize that our flesh and our Spirit are opposed to each other. The course of life will be determined by which is allowed control.
In the second week of our study of Galatians, we unpack chapters 3 and 4. Paul's frustration is still on full display as he accuses the Galatian church of acting foolishly by allowing themselves to be misled. Chapters 3 and 4 are the scriptural proof that Paul offers to establish that the Spirit is received by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law. Paul uses the story of Abraham and God's promise to bless the world through him as the anchor for his argument in the text.
The Apostle Paul’s letter to the churches of Galatia might be his most direct and harsh letter as he is deeply offended that anyone would minimize or pervert the Gospel message. The battle: Law vs. Faith. Can we work our way to salvation, or is salvation an act of faith? In this letter, Paul builds the theology that will forever establish the foundation of Christian thought.
This week, we study Galatians 1 and 2. Paul's frustration with false teachers misleading the church is palpable as he starts the letter with a greeting that is all business. Through the first 2 chapters, he retells the history of how he received not only his faith but the revelation of the theology in question. It was God who orchestrated both. Paul ends chapter 2 by writing out his theology of justification by faith and not by the works of the law.