The Message of Galatians
To enclaves of young converts in the mountains of Asia Minor, Paul wrote what is perhaps the oldest document in the New Testament—the letter to the Galatians. Paul's readers were struggling with numerous issues: How were men and women to be put right with God? Among a variety of religious authorities espousing different teachings, how were they to know who was right? How could Christians in the midst of a pagan culture live lives truly pleasing to God?
Only one way, answered Paul: through Jesus Christ. In this volume, John Stott helps us understand the message of Galatians and how it holds true in the face of current challenges to our faith. Guiding readers passage by passage through Galatians, he provides helpful background, highlights key themes, and offers applications for Christians today.
This revised edition of a classic Bible Speaks Today volume features a new interior design, updated Scripture quotations, and light updates throughout.
1. The apostle Paul’s authority and gospel (1:1–5)
2. False teachers and faithless Galatians (1:6–10)
3. The origins of Paul’s gospel (1:11–24)
4. Only one gospel (2:1–10)
5. Paul clashes with Peter in Antioch (2:11–16)
6. Justification by faith alone (2:15–21)
7. The foolishness of the Galatians (3:1–9)
8. The alternatives of faith and works (3:10–14)
9. Abraham, Moses and Christ (3:15–22)
10. Under the law and in Christ (3:23–29)
11. Once slaves, but now children (4:1–11)
12. The relation between Paul and the Galatians (4:12–20)
13. Isaac and Ishmael (4:21–31)
14. False and true religion (5:1–12)
15. The nature of Christian freedom (5:13–15)
16. The flesh and the Spirit (5:16–25)
17. Shared Christian relationships (5:26—6:5)
18. Sowing and reaping (6:6–10)
19. The essence of the Christian religion (6:11–18)
A review of the epistle