Galatians 1

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.

Read  Galatians 1  

Commentary.

The Magna Charta of Christian Freedom.

Overview — Apostle Paul and Barnaba established the church in Galatia, a province in Asia Minor under Roman rule, on their first missionary journey (Acts 13-14). During his third missionary journey Apostle Paul was informed that there was confusion in Galatian church, a Gentile church, by Jewish- Christian missionaries who came to Galatia. They taught that in addition to having faith in Jesus Christ, a Christian was obligated to keep the Mosaic law. They also questioned apostle Paul and his apostolic authority with the gospel he preached. The gospel Paul preached didn’t require the Galatians who were gentiles to be circumcised or to adopt Moses’ law. But Judaizes, Jewish- Christian teachers insisted that if Galatians were to become Abraham’s children and enjoy the benefits of the Jewish Messiah (Jesus Christ), they must have been circumcised and observe that the Moses’ law required.

Apostle Paul wrote the book of Galatians in a form of personal letter, about AD 55 during his third missionary journey as a response to misled teaching of Judaizes, to defend his apostolic authority, and to teach true function of the Mosaic law and its relation to God’s grace in Jesus Christ.

In chapter 1 he wrote greetings (1-5), true gospel (6-9, teaching that a person is made right before God on the basis of what God has done in the redemptive death of Jesus Christ (the righteousness by faith), rather than on the basis of doing the works of Moses’ Law, and Paul’s apostolic leadership (10-24).

After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.

  • Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
  • Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
  • Live it out through the day.

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