Now that we are finishing the book of Galatians, and there was a lot in there, it should be that you understand the context. That is, when you hear anything from Galatians you would know what Paul was addressing. I have been struck by how the book deals with one main point. That is, the whole book addressed the issue of Galatians turning to the Old Testament laws and seeking to observe them to get right with God. It might be naughty, but I think the most memorable part is how Paul says the Galatians should go ahead and slice off the whole thing if they are going to get circumsized. It’s obvious that he felt strongly about the addition of anything to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
Do you see the whole point of the letter now?
11See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!
12 Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh. 14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which[a] the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. 16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to[b]the Israel of God.
17From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.
- Why do some people think that Paul was partially blind?
- Why do people want the Galatians to be circumcised?
- How does Paul want the Galatians to respond?
- What are Christians in to at your church that leads to judgment (examples I have seen are clothing, eating habits, schooling, and biblical literacy)?
- How can you help to make sure the focus is in Christ alone?