When people trust in Jesus, what is true of Him becomes true of them!
This Fall during the October and November months we will delve into Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians, as a whole church family. As God is eternal and eternally present, He is oh so eternally relevant. Today and every day. The themes and plot of Galatians relates to our times and situation here today. We struggle with racial tensions, and the churches in Galatia in the first century did as well. We devolve into competition rather than completion, just as the people in that day swayed from the pure Gospel of union with Christ and oneness in Him. We struggle with works-righteousness (“God has to accept me as I am a good person”), just as legalism (law and law-lite) crept into the churches then and there. We struggle with being inconsistent with our witness, just as the Apostle Peter became a hypocrite and needed a theological punch and a relational hug from fellow Apostle Paul, returning to justification by faith alone in Christ alone, motivated by grace.
My hope is for us each and all to discover the freedom, purpose, and joy in Christ available for all people.
He came and died for us, and rose again so we can live and reign with Him forever. Let us engage the Scriptures, ponder all their freeing goodness, and allow God’s Spirit to change us. We begin this journey October 1st!
Watch the Read Scripture video on the book of Galatians, produced by The Bible Project. This narrated animation breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Galatians, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
The Book of Galatians reminds the Church to embrace and follow the gospel message of the crucified Messiah. The requirement for non-Jewish Christians to become Torah observers and be circumcised or eat kosher misses the point. Jesus alone fulfills the laws of Torah and justifies believers.
When people trust in Jesus as Messiah and put their faith in Him, His life, death, and resurrection become theirs. They are new creations, free from the requirement to follow the laws of Torah.
`They now join a new multi-ethnic covenant family of Jesus, thus fulfilling God’s promise to Abraham. Because of Jesus and the Spirit, believers learn to love God and others.
Through the Spirit, all believers may follow Jesus’ way of life and become people of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”