Galatians and the Law

The Problem

Galatians is a great book: read it!  There are also no “o”s in the name, which caused me no end of difficulty writing this.  It is a letter to a part of the church, people who know the Truth but are turning away from it:  “I am surprised and astonished that you are so quickly turning renegade and deserting Him Who invited and called you by the grace (unmerited favor) of Christ (the Messiah) [and that you are transferring your allegiance] to a different [even an opposition] gospel” (Amplified Bible: Galatians 1:6).  These are Christians then, but Christians who are being tempted to cease their obedience to God and to be “burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (NIV: Galations 5:1).  Reading the rest of the book, it is fairly obvious that this refers to the Law, and trying very hard to be justified before God by their own efforts (see Galatians 5:2-4 for example). Continue reading

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