A letter dealing with the Christian's relationship to the Jewish law and fruit of the Spirit.


Galatians was written by Paul to congregations he had founded in the region of Galatia in central Asia Minor. After Paul had left the area, some Jewish Christian evangelists appeared and insisted that gentile Christians needed to become circumcised according to the Jewish law. Paul opposed this, recalling how in his own life he moved from zeal for the Torah to zeal for Christ, and reminding them of a conference in Jerusalem at which the apostles agreed that circumcision was not necessary for gentile converts (1-2). Paul insisted that since people are justified by faith in Christ rather than by the Torah, they live by faith in Christ rather than the Torah (2:15-21). In chaps. 3-4 he argues that Christ rather than the Torah is the means by which people become heirs of God's promises. In chaps. 5-6 he insists that life in Christ is expressed by faith working through love. Christian life is marked not by the sinful works of the flesh, but by the fruit of the Spirit that includes love, joy, peace, and patience.

Gal 2:15-21 - Justification by faith and living by faith
Gal 3:27-29 - Unity in Christ
Gal 5:22-26 - Fruit of the Spirit


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