Galatians 1:1-5

Paul opens his letter to the Galatians 1:1-5 by reminding the church that this isn’t something from man, but from the living Savior and His Father. Galatians has been called the “Declaration of Independence of Christian liberty.” Morris wrote, “Galatians is a passionate letter, the outpouring of the soul of a preacher on fire for his Lord and deeply committed to bringing his hearers to an understanding of what saving faith is.” “Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:”

Paul begins with his authority as an apostle of Jesus Christ. He has some strong words for the Galatian church, and wants to set the expectation that he is someone with authority they should listen to. Wyest writes “The word apostle as Paul uses it here does not merely refer to one who has a message to announce, but to an appointed representative with an official status who is provided with the credentials of his office.” Paul’s calling as an apostle was not from man, nor was it through man. It didn’t originate with man, and it didn’t come through man. It originated with God and came directly from God.

This wasn’t written to a single church in a single city but rather the churches of the region of Galatia and there were several churches in this region. In his greeting to the churches, he reminds them through his familiar ‘grace and peace’ greeting of what being a Christ Follower is all about. Martin Luther wrote “These two terms, grace and peace, constitute Christianity.” “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Paul used the word grace more than 100 times in his writings. Among all the other writers of the New Testament, it is only used 55 times. And as the foundation for God’s grace, he then lauches into a description of what Jesus has done for us:

  1. He gave Himself for our sins
  2. He delivers us from the present evil age
  3. He obeys the will of God
  4. He glorifies the Father through His saving work

Our sins put us on a road to ruin and destruction. If God did not do something to save us, our sins would destroy us. So out of love, Jesus gave Himself for our sins! The enemy wants to destroy us by Christ obediently went to the cross and through His sacrifice brings us the opportunity for eternal life that we may glorify God forever!

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