Exploring The Bible
19. New Testament
Galatians – A.D. 49-50
- Galatians 2:20 / Galatians 5:25
Paul is furious at the way Peter has allowed a division to appear amongst the Christians in Galatia. Is salvation purely a grace gift, as Paul taught, or does it partly depend on belonging to the correct people group, the Jews? Galatians centres on the conflict between those two teachings.
Paul emphasises that the Christian must have faith in Jesus’ work on the cross as the only means of salvation, rather than thinking he must also be a slave to the Jewish Law. He defends the gospel of grace, explains it and then applies it to the Christian walk by saying it is the believer’s responsibility to serve others.