posted on Mar, 29 2014 @ 09:49 PM
According to Biblical Scholars, Galatians is older than Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
Pauline Epistles, The 4
First Thessalonians (ca. 51 AD)
Philippians (ca. 52–54 AD)
Philemon (ca. 52–54 AD)
First Corinthians (ca. 53–54 AD)
Galatians (ca. 55 AD)
Second Corinthians (ca. 55–56 AD)
Romans (ca. 55–58 AD)
Mark: c. 68–73, c. 65–70.
Matthew: c. 70–100,c. 80–85.
Luke: c. 80–100, with most arguing for somewhere around 85, c. 80–85.
John: c. 90–100, c. 90–110, The majority view is that it was written in stages, so there was no one date of composition.
So how was The Letter to Galatians preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ?
God is our eternally glorious Father and Jesus is our Lord who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from evil:
Jesus is called The Son of God:
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, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Everyone who relies on "The Book" of The Law is cursed, through Jesus Christ we are justified through Faith and "The Book" is not based on
Faith but by just living by these rules:
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me.
There are no mediators because that implies "more than one" and God is One:
For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in
the Book of the Law.” Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” The law is not
based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.”
(Jesus is called "Lord" because he is The Perfect Son of God who never sinned, and therefore was the perfect Image to rescue us from
You are not a slave of God, you are a Child of God:
Galatians 3:19-20 The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. 20 A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but
God is one.
Jesus Christ came to give us Freedom, but we are warned that if we use our freedom for selfish purposes we will destroy each other, so living to be
Humble and Help One Another is important:
So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
The spiritual battle, as far as you are concerned, is between your Body (Selfishness, Greed) and your Spirit (Humility, Love):
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you
will be destroyed by each other.
( The Law doesn't matter, because we are justified by Faith through God's Holy Spirit within US which acts through Love
And here is how we test ourselves to see if we actually have The Holy Spirit:
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit
what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit,
you are not under the law.
God will not be mocked and you will reap what you sow, so you might as well sow by the fruits of The Spirit (mentioned in Galatians 5:22) rather
than The Flesh (the opposite of The Fruits of The Spirit - selfishness, impatience, etc.):
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever
sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
So think about all of this, and remember what was said at the beginning of Galatians:
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!
So, according to Galatians, in Summary
- There is ONE God , who is not our "Lord" but our "Father"
- Jesus lived perfectly for us in order to rescue us from evil and being the perfect example is called "The Son of God"
- The "Law" is slavery but through Christ we have freedom and live through Faith
- The Law of Christ is one rule (which is why it's called 'freedom' through Christ): Be Humble and Serve one another through Love
- The 9 Fruits of The Spirit is summed up in The Fulfillment of The Law (Christ's Law - which is this singular Golden Rule)
- If Anyone uses "The Justification through Faith and Christ" as an excuse for Selfishness (The Body), will reap what they've sown.
- Reject anyone who is teaching you another Gospel (Good News) then what is being said here.
This is The Good News according to Galatians.