Introduction to Galatians

  • The theme of Galatians is found in Galatians 2:16 - "know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ..."
  • Galatians was written by Paul about 51-57 AD.
  • The purpose of Galatians is to refute the claims of legalists, who wanted to require Christians to follow the Old Testament Law to obtain salvation, in addition to having faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Outline of Galatians

    Chapter 1:1-2:14 >> Paul's gospel revelation

    1:1-5 >> Introduction

    1:6-9 >> Denunciation of legalists

    1:10-2:21 >> Paul's defense of his gospel revelation

    Chapters 3:1-4:31 >> Justification by faith

    3:1-5 >>The Galatians gospel experience

    3:6-31 >>The gospel and Abraham

    Chapters 5:1-6:10 >> Practical sanctification

    5:1-12 >> Freedom in Christ

    5:13-26 >> Producing the fruit of the Spirit

    6:1-10 >> Bearing one another's burdens

    Chapters 6:11-18 >> Conclusion


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