Today we begin reading the book of Galatians. This is the first of Paul’s letters, and it is key to understanding the relationship between gospel and law, grace and legalism.
The purpose of the letter is clearly stated in the introductory section of the book (1:1-10): Judaizers had infiltrated the Galatian church and had attempted to pervert the gospel with their legalism. The attack was twofold: they discredited the apostleship of Paul, and then they additionally preached a substitute gospel. These two attacks then provides the basis for Paul’s response:
- Paul defends his apostleship (chs. 1-2)
- Paul contends for the true doctrine of grace (chs. 3-4)
- Paul makes practical application of the truth of grace (chs. 5-6)
Download a lengthier discussion of Galatians here.