The book of Galatians was an Epistle written by Paul, dated back to 49 A.D. which makes it one of the first epistles ever written by the Apostle. He wrote to the church’s in Asia Minor (present Turkey), who were being persuaded by teachers of a false gospel. These teachers were Judaizers’ trying to put them under the law of Judaism. Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, reiterates and re-establishes the one true Gospel of Grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Bringing the doctrine of justification by faith back into the lives of the converts.
“Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.” –Gal. 2:16
Breaking down the Epistle into 3 categories: First, Paul communicates his apostleship and the meeting he had with Peter, James and John. This brought clarification that he was an authentic preacher of the New Covenant. Second, Paul addresses the false doctrine of baptismal regeneration or that the work of baptism is necessary for salvation by providing old testament scriptures to prove that it is by faith alone that we are justified. Third, he showed that the new covenant was a way of living in freedom, freedom from rituals, freedom from legalists, freedom from bondage, and instead that Christians would have freedom in the Spirit of God.
We’re not far from these illusions today. There are false teachers preaching morality in our communities, leading people to believe works can earn your way to heaven. Yet, the bible teaches that there is no set of standards that you can fulfill to know God. It is only by faith in Jesus Christ that we may receive grace and forgiveness, repenting from our sins, living a life of freedom in the Spirit as redeemed children of God –waiting patiently for his return.