History of galatians


Paul’s Personal Testimony

Paul begins his letter with a testimony of his own background and Christian experience. He starts by telling them that he is an apostle–not of man, nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father (Gal. 1:1).

His Conversion


Paul’s testimony is powerful. It’s inspiring. It gives me hope.

Paul was an extremist. He was zealous for God, but he was going about it all wrong. He was persecuting the Church, thinking he was doing God a favor. But then he met Jesus.

Jesus appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus, and Paul’s life was changed forever. He went from being a persecutor of the Church to becoming one of its most ardent defenders. Paul’s testimony is living proof that Jesus can change anyone’s life – no one is beyond His reach.

His Calling

Paul was not always a believer in Christ. In fact, he used to be a persecutor of Christians. He changed his ways when he had a vision of Christ on the road to Damascus. At that point, he realized that his calling was to preach the gospel to non-believers.

The Purpose of the Letter

The letter of Galatians was written by the apostle Paul around A.D. 49-50. Its purpose was to address the issue of whether Gentile Christians were required to observe the Jewish Law.

To Defend His Ministry

To the Most Reverend Archbishop of Canterbury,
My Lord,
I have the honor to inform your Grace that I have this day received a copy of a Letter which you did me the favor to address to me on the sixth instant, and for which I am much indebted to your Grace. In this Letter your Grace expresses a wish that I should state, in writing, for your consideration, my views on the Episcopal Ministry.

In obedience to your request, I beg leave to offer the following remarks:

The great work committed by our Divine Master to His Church is the preaching of the Gospel and the administration of the Sacraments. These are “the means of grace,” by which souls are nurtured and fed in order that they may grow unto salvation. The whole Church is called to this work; but it is especially entrusted to those who are set apart by Holy Orders.

The Episcopal Ministry is a sacred trust committed by Christ Himself to His chosen servants. It is not a human invention or institution, but has its origin in heaven. It was instituted by our Lord for the edification and government of His Church on earth; and it is designed to continue till He comes again in glory.

The office of a Bishop is twofold: first, he is commissioned by Christ to preach the Gospel and administer the Sacraments; secondly, he is given authority by Christ as head of a diocese or particular Church, to rule and govern that Church according to God’s Word. In virtue of his second office he possesses certain powers which are peculiar to himself as diocesan; but it must be remembered that these powers are given him not for his own advantage or aggrandizement, but for the welfare of his people over whom he is set as shepherd and father.

To Exhort the Galatians to Stand Firm in the Gospel


Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

The Contents of the Letter

The Letter of Galatians is a letter from the Apostle Paul to a number of early Christian churches in the Roman province of Galatia. The letter has six chapters, and its purpose is to defend the doctrine of justification by faith alone against the Judaizers, who were insisting that Gentile Christians must keep the law of Moses in order to be saved.

Paul’s Defense of His Ministry

Paul begins his defense of his ministry by reminding the Galatians of what he had done for them when he first came to visit. He spent time with them, working manual labor so as not to be a burden, and preached the gospel to them even though it put him in danger. He did all of this out of love for them, even though they were not yet believers.

The Gospel Message

Paul begins with a statement of his apostolic authority: he has been appointed by Jesus Christ Himself to preach the gospel to the Gentiles (Gal 1:1). This gospel is the good news that through faith in Christ, sinners can be forgiven and receive eternal life (1:4).

Paul then proceeds to defend his gospel against those who were teaching a different message. He first argues that his gospel did not come from human sources, but was revealed to him directly by Jesus Christ (1:11-12). He then goes on to say that even if he had received it from other humans, it would still be true, because it is the same gospel that was preached by the original apostles, Peter and John (2:7-9).

Paul concludes his letter with a series of practical instructions for how believers should live their lives. He urges them to walk in faith, love and unity, and to avoid contention and division (6:11-18).

The Law and Grace

In the first century, there were two big questions about how a person could be right with God. Some people said that a person is right with God by trying to obey the law perfectly. But other people said that a person is right with God by faith—that is, by believing in Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul wrote the Letter to the Galatians to answer these two big questions. And what he says is this: We are saved from our sins—that is, we are made right with God—not by trying to obey the law perfectly, but by faith in Jesus Christ.

So what is the law? The law is not just the Ten Commandments. The law also includes all of the rules and regulations that are found in the Old Testament.

Why did God give us the law? The law was given to us for two reasons: (1) to show us our sinfulness, and (2) to lead us to faith in Jesus Christ.

The first reason why God gave us the law was to show us our sinfulness. When we try to obey the law, we quickly realize that we cannot do it perfectly. We all make mistakes and fail to obey God in some ways. And when we fail to obey God, we sin. So the law shows us our sinfulness and drives us to faith in Jesus Christ.

The second reason why God gave us the law was to lead us to faith in Jesus Christ. The law tells us that we cannot save ourselves from our sins; only Jesus can do that. So when we realize that we cannot save ourselves, we put our trust in Jesus Christ, and he saves us from our sins.

Freedom in Christ

Paul begins his letter to the Galatians with a strong appeal for unity in the faith. He is concerned that they are being led astray by false teaching and he wants to remind them of the true gospel message.

The central theme of Paul’s letter is freedom in Christ. He emphasize this throughout the letter, especially in chapter 5. He urges the believers not to be enslaved by legalism but to live in the freedom that comes from Christ.

The Impact of the Letter

It would be hard to overestimate the importance of the letter which the apostle Paul wrote to the churches in Galatia. This letter was probably written about A.D. 55, barely twenty years after the crucifixion of Christ.

On Paul’s Ministry

As we have seen in our study of the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul, the letter played a significant role in his work as a Christian missionary. In fact, it was through his letters that Paul had the greatest impact on the development of early Christianity. In this article, we will examine the role that the letter played in Paul’s ministry and its impact on the early Church.

It is important to note that, while Paul was certainly influenced by the letters of other Christians (such as Peter and John), his own letters were much more influential in shaping the early Church. This is due in part to the fact that Paul’s letters were much more systematic and comprehensive in their treatment of Christian doctrine than the letters of other authors. Additionally, Paul’s letters tended to be addressed to specific churches or groups of churches, rather than to individuals ( as was often the case with other Christian authors). As a result, Paul’s letters had a more direct impact on the development of Christianity than did those of other authors.

One of the most significant ways in which Paul’s letters impacted the early Church was in their discussion of various theological topics. For example, in his letter to the Romans, Paul addresses such topics as justification by faith, sanctification, and predestination. These are all topics that would come to be central to Christian theology. Additionally, Paul’s letters were responsible for introducing many Gentile believers to Christianity; prior to Paul’s missionary work, Christianity was largely confined to Jewish communities. Thus, it is clear that Paul’s letters played an essential role in both shaping and spreading Christianity throughout the early centuries of its existence.

On the Galatians

The Letter to the Galatians has had a profound impact on the history of Christianity. This letter, written by Paul of Tarsus, was addressed to a group of Christians in the Roman province of Galatia. Paul was concerned that these Christians were being influenced by false teachers who were requiring them to follow the Jewish law in order to be truly saved. In this letter, Paul argued forcefully that salvation comes through faith in Christ alone and not through observing the law.

This message was revolutionary at the time and it helped to shape Christianity into a religion that was distinct from Judaism. It also had a significant impact on the development of Protestantism, since it emphasized the importance of faith over good works. Today, the Letter to the Galatians is still studied and preached on regularly, and its impact on Christian thought cannot be overestimated.

On the Church

The Church is not only impacted by the letters but also by the afflictions and persecutions of the saints. In times of great trial and persecution, the Church has always responded with even greater faith, love, and unity. The following are a few examples from Church history where the Church was able to overcome incredible trials.


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