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The Promise of Victory Over Sin

Galatians 5:16–5:21
Paul describes the two conflicting forces that operates within every believer (vv. 16-17). The believer still has within him the old nature, the flesh; it is not eradicated, as some would have you believe, but is to be made subject to the new nature. The terrible mistake made by … Read more

Love Fulfills The Law

Galatians 5:7–5:15
A little leaven causes a whole lump of dough to rise. It only takes one person to infect all the others. It only takes one. Legalists reveal their hypocrisy, for they fail to keep the whole law. They look upon the Old Testament law the way a customer surveys the food in a cafeter … Read more

Christ Died to Set us Free From Laws And Regulations

Galatians 5:1–5:6
Christ died to set us free from sin and from a long list of laws and regulations. He came to set us free but not free to do whatever we want because that would lead us back into slavery to our selfish desires. Paul says to stand fast in our liberty in Christ (v. 1). He often tell … Read more

A Comparison Between The Two Sons of Abraham

Galatians 4:27–4:31
It is written that a barren woman, who has not given birth to children should break forth with a joyful shout, because of not feeling birth pangs, in comparison to the desolate woman who has many more children than she who has a husband (v. 27). This quotation from (Isaiah 54:1) … Read more

The Difference Between Law (slave) and Grace (free)

Galatians 4:21–4:26
Paul addresses those who want to be under the law (v. 21) and there are many who appear to want this. In his argument he takes the Galatians back to events in the Old Testament that actually happened but he uses them as an allegory. He takes them back to the life of Abraham and h … Read more

Building up People in Their Faith

Galatians 4:12–4:20
Paul knew how to balance rebuke with love. Within this text he shows through sentimental argument how he is genuinely and passionately interested in the Galatians personally. He turns from “spanking” to “embracing” as he reminds them of how they have loved him … Read more

Why Go Back Into Slavery?

Galatians 4:1–4:11
The way of the Galatian Christians was not much different than many Christians today who get involved in various legalistic movements hoping to achieve certain goals. Children who are under age are no better off than slaves, even though everything their parents own will someday b … Read more

The Law is Not Contrary to The Promise

Galatians 3:23–3:29
Paul continues his logical argument by spilling out briefly and clearly the purpose of the Law. First of all he says that before Christ we were kept under the Law which gives the idea of being surrounded and protected by prison guards (v. 23). He goes on to explain how the Law di … Read more

The Changeless Promise

Galatians 3:15–3:18
The Judaizers thought they had Paul backed into a cor­ner. If salvation does not involve the law, then why was the law given in the first place. Our faith is a logical faith and can be defended on rational grounds. Paul uses a logical argument that the law cannot change the p … Read more

The Law Was Temporary And Required a Mediator

Galatians 3:19–3:22
What was the purpose of the Law? It was given to show that we sin. The Law was a dramatic event (Ex. 19) in comparison with the giving of the covenant to Abraham (Gen. 15). The Judaizers were impressed with the emotional externals and they were saying “In order for a person … Read more

Salvation is by Faith And Not by Feeling

Galatians 3:6–3:14
The main argument of the Judaizers was that Gentiles had to become Jews in order to become Christians. To show the error of their way Paul now turns from subjective experience to the objective evidence of the Word of God. We should never judge the Scriptures by our experience but … Read more

Freedom From The Law

Galatians 3:1–3:5
Paul rebukes these Galatian believers for backsliding into false teaching. They had turned from the Gospel of Grace and were following the path of legalism. Paul uses the following six argu­ments to prove that God saves sinners through faith in Christ and not by how they feel … Read more

Salvation is Not of The Law

Galatians 2:15–2:21
The basis of salvation is the issue in this passage. Is salvation through Christ alone or does it come through Christ and adherence to the law. If observing the Jewish laws cannot justify us, why should we still obey the ten commandments and other Old Testament laws? Paul says we … Read more

Paul Confronts Peter About Hyprocrisy.

Galatians 2:11–2:14
Apparently sometime after the conference described in the previous verses, Peter came from Jerusalem to Antioch (v. 11). At first he mingled freely with the Gentiles, enjoying their fellowship. Then some men from Jerusalem arrived who were following strict Jewish traditions. They … Read more

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