Galatians

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The Epistle to the Galatians.

The Epistle to the Galatians, often called Galatians, is part of the New Testament letters written by Paul. It is a letter from Paul the Apostle to a number of Early Christian communities in the Roman province of Galatia. Like Paul letter to the Romans he is principally concerned with the controversy surrounding Gentile Christians and more orthodox Jews and their views of the Mosaic Law during the Apostolic Age.

There is no original copy known at this time. Besides fragments, the most complete version available is called P46. Written on papyrus it only dates from around the year 200 AD and requires some guessing on the part of scholars to complete the damaged or missing sections.

Best guesses place the original composition to be around 40–60 AD. Galatians is considered by most to be a true example of Paul's writing, There is some question as to whom was he writing. While he did visit the Roman province of Galatia, the term "Galatia" is an ethnic reference to a Celtic people living in northern Asia Minor -- Celts populated the region two and half centuries before Christ.

Many believe Paul organized the churches of Galatia listed as Antioch of Pisidia, Iconium, Lystra and Derbe,(Acts 16:6; Galatians 1:8;4:13;4:19). Most of these Churches were composed of converts without some of the orthodox Jewish traditions (Galatians 4:8).

Some were beginning to spread what Paul calls "another gospel" or "different gospel". Like the Pharisees they began to unmoore the precepts of the gospel of the kingdom by emphasizing rituals and taboos of the Mosaic law as understood by the Jews.

Today people call this legalism but in truth, it is a form of idolatry where people worship the doctrines of men which includes their private interpretation rather than the God of love and His righteousness. They seek a sense of self-righteousness through religious rituals, claims and practices that often have little to do with what Paul preached when he preached Christ first.

Paul had also visited Phrygia. These places, as well as the Celts themselves, had many people that would accept the teachings of Christ because of the independence and liberty produced by doing what Christ said and by what the early church was doing. They were ready as individuals to attend to the Weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith which include caring for the needs of our neighbors, the widows and orphans of our society through Pure Religion in matters of health, education, and welfare. We are NOT to do so by the Covetous Practices of modern governments.

The Way of Christ was not like the way of the world, nor the governments of the gentiles who depend on benefactors who exercise authority. Christ's ministers and true Christians do not depend upon systems of social welfare that force the contributions of the people like the corban of the Pharisees which made the word of God to none effect. Many people have been deceived to go the way of Balaam and the Nicolaitan and out of The Way of Christ.

The Christian conflict of the first century Church appointed by Christ was because they would not apply to the fathers of the earth for benefits but instead relied upon a voluntary network providing a daily ministration to the needy of society through Faith, Hope, and Charity by way of freewill offerings of the people, for the people, and by the people through the perfect law of liberty in Free Assemblies according to the ancient pattern of Tuns or Tens.

The modern Christians are in need of repentance.


"Follow me!" —Jesus the Christ.


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False teachers, including the Judaizers, were trying to get people to follow the form of Judaism or what Judaism became under people like the Pharisees. Unmooring the teachings of God by focusing on form is a practice we still see today.

Some people still need to find justification in False religion. So an honest examination of the meaning of words, the context of history and the themes within the allegory of biblical stories is essential.

We are ultimately dependent upon the Holy Spirit, not flesh and blood, for an accurate perception of the truth. This requires a great deal of introspection to root out every corner of darkness hidden in our own hearts and minds to become true temples of that Holy Spirit.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 20:25-26 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
    Mark 10:42-43 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
    Luke 22:25-26 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.