Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Epistle: Letters that were commissioned from the original circle of Jesus’ apostles and sent to various Jesus communities around the ancient world.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Prose Discourse: A speech that makes persuasive claims through a logical sequence of thought and clear patterns of rhetoric.
Letter: An ancient Jewish-Roman style letter, written to an individual or community, that seeks to persuade the readers to live consistently with the truths they have already embraced.
Paul challenges the Galatian Christians to stop allowing controversial Torah observances to divide their church's congregation.
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.
The Book of Galatians reminds the Church to embrace and follow the gospel message of the crucified Messiah. The requirement for non-Jewish Christians to become Torah observers and be circumcised or eat kosher misses the point. Jesus alone fulfills the laws of Torah and justifies believers.
When people trust in Jesus as Messiah and put their faith in Him, His life, death, and resurrection become theirs. They are new creations, free from the requirement to follow the laws of Torah.
They now join a new multi-ethnic covenant family of Jesus, thus fulfilling God's promise to Abraham. Because of Jesus and the Spirit, believers learn to love God and others.
Paul wrote the Book of Galatians to reaffirm the gospel message and to address the belief that non-Jewish Christians should follow the laws of Torah.
All Believers Justified
All believers are justified and belong to Jesus' covenant family because of their faith in Jesus and not because they obey the laws of Torah.
A Multi-Ethnic Family
The gospel message impacts who can be included in God's covenant family and what it means to live as a member of that multi-ethnic family.
While the laws of Torah help people follow God's will, Jesus' transforming presence through the Spirit equips believers to obey Jesus' commands and love others.
Fruit of the Spirit
Through the Spirit, all believers may follow Jesus' way of life and become people of "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."