Paul was an ultimate Jew. He kept the law flawlessly, trained under the most respected Rabbi. He was a political superstar and he persecuted the church. Then God got ahold of Paul on the road to Damascus. There He called Paul out and changed his life. The result was amazingly ironic. Paul was called to spread the Gospel to the Gentiles around the known world. This, of course, was a mission started by Peter. When God sent Him to lead Cornelius, the Roman Centurion, and his family to the Lord. So Paul set out with Barnabas and the two of them preached the Gospel throughout Asia.
From the onset, Paul had enemies. Many thought him a fraud since he was not an original disciple, others did not like his message since it allowed Gentiles to become God’s chosen without being circumcised or remaining kosher. So, Paul is writing to the churches he visited to reinforce the truth of Christ and the validity of his mission and message. In the weeks ahead, we will look at several critical themes in walking with God related to faith, family, and grace. Because, as Paul sent these letters to the various churches, they were to shore up what was critical in following God and what was not. We all will understand more the critical nature of changing our hearts to be like Christ–not changing our diets or checking certain boxes.
God Bless You
Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— 2 and all the brothers and sisters[a] with me,
To the churches in Galatia:
3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,5 to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
No Other Gospel
6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently, some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.