The Epistle to the Galatians

November 3, 2011

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Welcome to a new feature at www.nosuperheroes.com. In a mere “7 minutes”, you have an opportunity to meditate on the Bible for yourself with minimal time commitment. Be it with your morning coffee, before bed, or even the time spent in the bathroom; you can gain an understanding of various books of the Bible. This time together brings much more than knowledge, it  leads us to apply the truth found in the pages of Scripture. I hope as readership increases, this will become a conversation rather than a sermon. So, give “7 minutes a day” a try. See what you think!

The first book we will pursue is Galatians. Here is a brief introduction to the book. Check back soon for the first “study”

Brief Summary:

Paul writes a letter to the churches in the region of Galatia to investigate some issues that have arisen since he founded the churches on his first missionary journey (Acts 13-14). False teachers known as the circumcision party or the Judaizers, have infiltrated the church, corrupting the message Paul preached. This teaching changes Paul’s salvation message of Jesus alone. The false teachers want to add works to Jesus. Works are things that man does in hopes of gaining more acceptance from God. The false teachers argued that works are what truly makes one pleasing to the Lord. The particular work that the false teachers are adding is the Old Testament Law, specifically circumcision.

Paul’s letter to the Galatians is a response to this false teaching and a defense of his message. It is only Jesus who saves. Paul makes sure the Galatians know that no work is able to improve one’s standing with God. Righteousness does not come by keeping the Law (the first five books of the Bible), but thru faith in Christ. This letter also comes with the backing of the other apostles and the decision of the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15.

The false teaching of attempting to earn God’s favor by works is still around in the 21st century. What good things do believers attempt to add to Christ to be “truly” saved? Notice I said good things. We would never believe that drunkenness makes us more pleasing to God.

What do you think?

What good Biblical ideas do we add to salvation to determine if a believer is a good Christian?

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A missionary teacher for 24 years currently living in South Africa. I am a recovering superhero, daily in need of the grace of God