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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)

 
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Galatians, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Galatians, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.

In Galatians, Paul challenges the Galatian Christians to stop allowing controversial Torah observances to divide their church’s congregation.

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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the

GALATIANS

THE Galatians, having launched their Christian experience by faith, seem content
to leave their voyage of faith and chart a new course based on works—a
course Paul finds disturbing. His letter to the Galatians is a vigorous attack
against the gospel of works and defense of the gospel of faith.
Paul begins by setting forth his credentials as an apostle with a message from
God: blessing comes from God on the basis of faith, not law. The law declares men
guilty and imprisons them; faith sets men free to enjoy liberty in Christ. But liberty
is not license. Freedom in Christ means freedom to produce the fruits of
righteousness through a Spirit-led lifestyle.
The book is called Pros Galatas, “To the Galatians,” and it is the only letter of
Paul that is specifically addressed to a number of churches (“To the churches of
Galatia,” 1:2). The name Galatians was given to this Celtic people because they
originally lived in Gaul before their migration to Asia Minor.
 
 

Greeting

1

1 PAUL, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but athrough Jesus Christ and God the Father bwho raised Him from the dead),
2 and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:
3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,
4 awho gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us bfrom this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
5 to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Only One Gospel

6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon afrom Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,
7 awhich is not another; but there are some bwho trouble you and want to cpervert1 the gospel of Christ.
8 But even if awe, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be 1accursed.
9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you athan what you have received, let him be accursed.
10 For ado I now bpersuade men, or God? Or cdo I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

Call to Apostleship

11 aBut I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.
12 For aI neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came bthrough the revelation of Jesus Christ.

CHAPTER 1 References

1 aActs 9:6
bActs 2:24
4 a[Matt.
20:28] bHeb.
2:5
6 aGal. 1:15;
5:8
7 a2 Cor. 11:4
bGal. 5:10, 12
c2 Cor. 2:17
1distort
8 a1 Cor. 16:22
1Gr. anathema
9 aDeut. 4:2
10 a1 Thess.
2:4 b1 Sam.
24:7 c1 Thess.
2:4
11 a1 Cor. 15:1
12 a1 Cor. 15:1
b[Eph. 3:3–5] 13 aActs 9:1
bActs 8:3;
22:4, 5
14 aActs 26:9
bJer. 9:14
15 aIs. 49:1, 5
16 a[2 Cor.
4:5–7] bActs
9:15 cMatt.
16:17
18 aActs 9:26
1NU Cephas
19 a1 Cor. 9:5
bMatt. 13:55
21 aActs 9:30
22 aRom. 16:7
23 aActs 9:20,
21 bActs 8:3
24 aActs 11:18

CHAPTER 2 References

1 aActs 15:2
2 aActs 15:1–4
1because of

13 For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how aI persecuted the church of God beyond measure and btried to destroy it.
14 And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, abeing more exceedingly zealous bfor the traditions of my fathers.
15 But when it pleased God, awho separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace,
16 ato reveal His Son in me, that bI might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with cflesh and blood,
17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.

Contacts at Jerusalem

18 Then after three years aI went up to Jerusalem to see 1Peter, and remained with him fifteen days.
19 But aI saw none of the other apostles except bJames, the Lord’s brother.
20 (Now concerning the things which I write to you, indeed, before God, I do not lie.)
21 aAfterward I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.
22 And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which awere in Christ.
23 But they were ahearing only, “He who formerly bpersecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.”
24 And they aglorified God in me.

Defending the Gospel

2

1 Then after fourteen years aI went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and also took Titus with me.
2 And I went up 1by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but aprivately to those who were of

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GALATIANS 2:3

reputation, lest by any means bI might run, or had run, in vain.
3 Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.
4 And this occurred because of afalse brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our bliberty which we have in Christ Jesus, cthat they might bring us into bondage),
5 to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that athe truth of the gospel might continue with you.
6 But from those awho seemed to be something—whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; bGod 1shows personal favoritism to no man—for those who seemed to be something cadded nothing to me.
7 But on the contrary, awhen they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised bhad been committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter
8 (for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the acircumcised balso cworked effectively in me toward the Gentiles),
9 and when James, 1Cephas, and John, who seemed to be apillars, perceived bthe grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, cthat we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.
10 They desired only that we should remember the poor, athe very thing which I also was eager to do.

No Return to the Law

11 aNow when 1Peter had come to Antioch, I 2withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed;
12 for before certain men came from James, ahe would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing 1those who were of the circumcision.
13 And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.
14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about athe truth of the gospel, I said to Peter bbefore them all, c“If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, 1why do you compel Gentiles to live as 2Jews?
15 a“We who are Jews by nature, and not bsinners of the Gentiles,
16 a“knowing that a man is not 1justified by the works of the law but bby faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not cby the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
17 “But if, while we seek to be jus-

2 bPhil. 2:16
4 aActs 15:1,
24 bGal. 3:25;
5:1, 13 cGal.
4:3, 9
5 a[Gal. 1:6;
2:14; 3:1] 6 aGal. 2:9; 6:3
bActs 10:34
c2 Cor. 11:5;
12:11 1Lit.
does not
receive the
face of a man
7 aActs 9:15;
13:46; 22:21
b1 Thess. 2:4
8 a1 Pet. 1:1
bActs 9:15
c[Gal. 3:5] 9 aMatt. 16:18
bRom. 1:5
cActs 13:3
1Peter
10 aActs 11:30
11 aActs 15:35
1NU Cephas
2opposed
12 a[Acts
10:28; 11:2, 3] 1Jewish Christians
14 aGal. 1:6;
2:5 b1 Tim.
5:20 c[Acts
10:28] 1NU
how can you
2Some interpreters
stop
the quotation
here.
15 a[Acts
15:10] bMatt.
9:11
16 aActs 13:38,
39 bRom. 1:17
cPs. 143:2
1declared
righteous
17 a[1 John
3:8] 19 aRom. 8:2
b[Rom. 6:2, 14;
7:4] c[Rom.
6:11] 20 a[Rom. 6:6] b2 Cor. 5:15
cIs. 53:12; Eph.
5:2
21 aHeb. 7:11
1for nothing

tified by Christ, we ourselves also are found asinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not!
18 “For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
19 “For I athrough the law bdied to the law that I might clive to God.
20 “I have been acrucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh bI live by faith in the Son of God, cwho loved me and gave Himself for me.
21 “I do not set aside the grace of God; for aif righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died 1in vain.”

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PSALM 5

A Prayer for Guidance

To the Chief Musician.With 1flutes. A Psalm of David.

1 GIVE aear to my words, O LORD, Consider my 1meditation.
2 Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray.
3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; aIn the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.

4 For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil 1dwell with You.
5 The aboastful shall not bstand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity.
6 You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; The LORD abhors the abloodthirsty and deceitful man.

7 But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward 1Your holy temple.

PSALM 5 References

title 1Heb. nehiloth
1 aPs. 4:1 1Lit.
groaning
3 aPs. 55:17;
88:13
4 1Lit. sojourn
5 a[Hab. 1:13] bPs. 1:5
6 aPs. 55:23
7 1Lit. the
temple of
Your holiness
8 aPs. 25:4, 5;
27:11; 31:3
9 aRom. 3:13
1uprightness
11 1protect, lit.
cover

8 aLead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; Make Your way straight before my face.

9 For there is no 1faithfulness in their mouth; Their inward part is destruction; aTheir throat is an open tomb; They flatter with their tongue.
10 Pronounce them guilty, O God! Let them fall by their own counsels; Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions, For they have rebelled against You.

11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You 1defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You.
12 For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

 
 

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