Read sermons on Galatians
Writer: The apostle Paul
Addressee: The church of Galatia, located in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey)
Date: 50 AD before the Jerusalem Council. This is the most debated book regarding the timing of its writing. If it is correct, this would be the first book written by Paul. Another theory contends that Paul is writing to northern Galatians that he purportedly visited on his second missionary journey but there is no mention of this in Acts. If the later date is correct, Paul wrote the letter between 53-57 AD.
Place of writing: Assuming the early writing date, Paul was likely in Antioch at the conclusion of his first missionary journey, soon to attend the Jerusalem Council.
Occasion: Paul addresses false teachers who claimed that the Jewish law must still be upheld. These Jewish-Christians (Judaizers) undermined Paul’s authority as well as God’s grace. The Judaizers held that Paul had loose morals for not following the Old Testament laws.
Key verse: Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” Galatians 3:11
Key Words: Christ (38); Law (35); God (32); Faith (19); Spirit (18); Nature/Flesh (18 Greek); Gospel (12); Free/dom (11); Promise/s (11); Circumcision/ed (10); Justified/Righteous/ness (9) Grace (8)
Notable passage: The fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22-23
Themes: Freedom in Christ, Grace over the Law