Written most likely in
To the Galatians written from Rome.
The Galatians were descended from the Israelites. They were mostly a Celtic/Germanic tribe.
Omri was a king of the House of Israel, the northern 10 tribe kingdom. Those that migrated from that area and time became known as the Kimmerians, who later became Scythians, Celts and Germans.
The ancient Israelites that went as far as the Rhine river in France and migrated back towards Palestine, and settled in central Asia Minor (Turkey) They are basically Greek Germans.
Differences in language were a result of these branches arriving at different times and from different migration, some by land, some by sea.
With the rise of Classical Greece came Greek historical and geographical inquiry which, as is apparent from their own records, began in the late 7th century B.C. The Greek writers were first acquainted with their neighbors to the east in the form of the Assyrian empire, which had fallen by 612 B.C., and then even more so with the Persian empire, whose power was consolidated under Cyrus II by 540 B.C.
It may be evident, therefore, that the earliest written Greek accounts concerning the east were influenced by the Assyrians, and later by the Persians and Medes.
A people whom the Greeks called Kimmerians invaded Anatolia from the east.
After withdrawing from Anatolia (where surely they had begun the fulfillment of the prophecy found at Isaiah 66:19, since the Ionians are the Javan (Descendants of Japeth) and the Lydians the Shemitic Lud of the Old Testament), the Kimmerians are found inhabiting the regions north and west of the Black Sea, north of Thrace.
Subsequent waves of nomadic tribes from Asia became familiar to the Greeks, and these were generally called by the name Scythians. Herodotus tells us that Sakae is the name which the Persians “give to all Scythians”, yet later the Greeks retain the name Sakae, also often written Sakans by English translators.
The Germanic tribes dwelling north of the Danube were originally called by the later Greek writers by the name Galatae.
Diodorus Siculus describes the Galatae who dwell beyond (east of) the Rhine as tall and blond with very white skin, and says that they drank beer made from barley and the water in which they washed their honeycombs.
Long after the initial dispersion of the Kimmerians, Galatae are found raiding the countries to the south, from their homes in Germanic lands north of the Danube, well into the second century B.C. From 279-276 B.C. they destroyed a Macedonian army, raided Macedonia and sacked Delphi (Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 22.3, 4, 9). From just before this time until about 210 B.C. the Galatae ruled all of Thrace. It was also during this time that tribes of the Galatae crossed back into Anatolia, and after suffering a defeat at the hands of the king of Pergamos, settled the land which became known as Galatia, already discussed above. Yet by 168 B.C., Galatae from north of the Danube were being hired by the Macedonians as mercenaries in their wars against the Romans (Library of History, 30.19; 31.12-14).
The eventual establishment of Roman frontiers along the Rhine and the Danube checked the encroachment of the Germanic tribes upon the more fruitful lands of the south and west for several centuries. The appearance of so many Galatae in lands said to be German, without any recorded conflict among the peoples there – except where later incited by Rome – would certainly be odd, unless the Galatae were indeed German (Strabo, Geography, 7.1.2) and they were all kinsmen (4.4.2), which they certainly were.
Throughout The Germania the Roman historian Tacitus attempts to distinguish Germans from Gauls based upon language and lifestyle, yet these differences may easily be accounted for by other reasons. In the rugged north, unfriendly to agriculture, tribes would by necessity adopt a lifestyle quite different than that of the tribes which inhabit the more arable, more temperate areas in the west and south of Europe. As for language, centuries of separation during a gradual sojourn from Asia, and the differing influences of various neighboring tribes through commerce, politics, intermingling, etc., or lack thereof, surely may account for the many dialects which developed amongst the Germanic peoples. This may also account for differences in religious beliefs found among these tribes, although their most basic beliefs seem to have at least been somewhat consistent.
The context in chapters 1-5 are the “works of the law”, meaning the sacrificial rituals.
After the crucifixion of Christ, the rituals (works) were done away with, they expired, they served their purpose as a schoolmaster for our ancestors.
Imagine living in the 1st century and you are a follower of The Way. Your ancestors performed sacrificial rituals for the atonement of sin. This was the norm. Then, Christ, the last sacrifice, was crucified. Many, if not most of the Judaeans (Israelites of the House of Judah) who had the law from experience (Exodus) did not understand that these sacrifices and oblations were to cease.
Paul was reinforcing the scriptures and warning the Galatians of the Judaizers (scribes, Pharisees) who were trying to teach their perverted version of the Torah (laws of Moses) for their doctrine, known as 'the traditions of men'. Which sadly is what most church doctrine is today.
Judaism is NOT Christianity. Judaism is the opposite of Christianity. Judaism is hypocrisy.
Judaizers are those who teach the 'doctrines of men'. The perversion of scripture.
Judaizers in those days were the Edomite scribes and Pharisees who have infiltrated the priesthood and corrupted it. Yes, some of the Israelite Pharisee and Sadducees were influenced to the dark side. Paul was a Pharisee before his revelation on the road to Damascus.
The Nations (wrongly “gentiles”) who were the uncircumcised, or the dispersed Israelites of the 10 northern tribes of the House of Israel were also the same seed, race and people as the House of Judah.
Paul was the apostle to the dispersed but included both in his teachings. For both are Israelites. The 'called out' seed of Abraham, to which the promises were made. To whom Christ Prince Yahshua came for.
Galatians is an extremely mistranslated book. Just like the law of Moses (Torah) has been altered and perverted by the scribes and Pharisees of Christ's time, the writings of Paul (and the whole Bible) have been altered and perverted by the ruling classes of the times throughout time by the translators.
The original written word of Yahweh to the prophets and apostles were indeed inspired. But that does not mean that the translators were inspired. They are just translators.
If you knew German and Italian, and you were to translate a book on brain surgery, just because you know German and Italian, doesn't mean you know brain surgery.
The original Greek will be referenced often.
This epistle is addressed to dispersed Israel, that is, descendants of the twelve tribes taken captive and dispersed amongst the lands adjacent to Palestine and beyond. The scattered and dispersed Israelites was a fact well known to the apostles. (James 1:1, 1Pet 1:1)
On Paul's second missionary journey he, with Silas, visited 'Phrygia and Galatia.' These were Roman provinces to the west of Asia Minor set amidst mountainous country. The people who dwelt there were 'in origin a stream of that great Keltic torrent which pured into Greece in the 3rd century BC.
Celt, or Kelt, was the name given to the stoneknife used for circumcision, the mark of Yahweh's chosen people.
These people would be well acquainted with the great truths enshrined in Old Testament scriptures, such as the Abrahamic covenant and the Mosaic Law. On these truths Paul based his teaching in this epistle. He visited this territory again on his third missionary journey, 'strengthening the disciples' whom he had made there on his previous visit.
The letter was written after leaving them and during his 3 months' stay at Corinth but is sent from Rome.
Brethren will be underlined every time to remind you who is being addressed. That would be the Israelites of the 12 tribes of Jacob. This book (Bible) is to, for, by and about the generations of Adam (Gen 5:1), the seed of Abraham, as will be demonstrated, and we, anglo-saxon American, European, New Zealand and Australian peoples, kin and race.
The Greek: 6
Paul is saying that others (Judaizers) will come in sheep's clothing and try to agitate or pervert the truth. He's warning of false preachers.
Conversion on the road to Damascus.
Paul persecuted the assemblies, the gathered groups of 'called out' Israelites. There were no “churches” in that time. There was the Temple, and there were places where they gathered, like in an assembly hall, theater, homes and riversides. The “churches” today are a clerical order which is not scriptural, and is a brainwashing factory that fools God's people into thinking that they are gentile, adopted, grafted in non-Israelites that are “saved” by their own declaration.
The Judaean's religion is referring to Judaism. The law of Moses perverted.
The religious sect, controlled by Edomites, profited by controlling the people with their 'doctrines of men, or traditions of the elders', which is Judaism, Communism, Talmudism.
Paul is proving that he, being an Israelite of the tribe of Benjamin, profited by this anti-Christ religion as a Pharisee, over his own nation, kinsmen, race, and that the Edomite Jews were the controlling sect.
'heathen' is a deliberate mistranslation. The Greek word is ethnos (G1484) which means nation, race or people of the same tribe. The 'Nations' that Paul was to preach to was the dispersed nations of the 10 northern tribe kingdom of Israel.
Paul was a true convert. They knew he used to persecute them, but now he has Yahweh in him.
The Greek: 24
Reference to Acts 15:12
Someone tried to compel Titus to be circumcised. Acts 15:5
These are the Judaizers trying to agitate the people and divide them.
Bondage of the rituals.
The apostles did not yield in subjection to the Judaizers.
They were trying to pull rank. Yahweh does not care about a man's stature in society.
Paul was teaching anti-Popery.
Even Jesus knows who the Nations are, they are 'lost' Israelites of the dispersion. Why would He include Gentiles (non-Israelites) in with kings, and children of Israel? Because 'gentiles' are the 10 northern tribes of Israel that migrated away from the land of Canaan. They forgot who they were and whose they were, Paul was their guide. The “churches” teach that “Gentile” means non-Jew. Gentile is a Latin word meaning, a nation, tribe or people of the same race. It does not belong in the Bible. The word is 'ethnos' in Greek and just describes a certain nation of people, any nation. Most of the time the context is the Nations of Israel. Sometimes it refers to the other nations of people outside of the seed of Jacob. For example, Jesus said,
Since 'Gentiles' means nation, race or people, here it refers to the nation, race or people outside of the nation, race or people of Israel. See next verse for confirmation that Jesus is not a hypocrite.
The lost sheep were from the 12 tribes of Israel, more specifically the 10 northern tribes.
Only Israelites are referred to as lost sheep. No other race is part of the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Peter was the apostle to the circumcision, which is the House of Judah, Israelite Judaeans of the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi. These are the people that Christ demonstrated the example to.
Paul was the apostle to the uncircumcision, which is the House of Israel, Israelites of the other 10 tribes, the Nations (wrongly and deliberately translated as “gentiles”).
The circumcised experienced the Exodus and giving of the law. The uncircumcised dispersed before the Exodus. Later on in the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities, these tribes also dispersed and went on to settle Europe.
Only a remnant of the House of Judah returned to Jerusalem.
The “churches” teach that the “gentiles” are non-Israelites and/or heathen. The word 'gentile' is a Latin word that means: nation, kin, or tribe of the same race. Period. You can't add 'non-Israelite' as part of the definition.
The KJV added heathen, where the original texts reveal 'Nations', as in 'of Israel'.
The Nations are the uncircumcised, dispersed Israelites that forgot who they were. They were Israelites outside of Judaea, such as most of the Greeks and peoples of the Roman Empire which stretched into Europe.
When Peter was entertaining the uncircumcised, and the circumcised came around, he pretended not to know the uncircumcised.
Peter was shown in a vision in Acts 10 that the Nations (uncircumcised) were his kinsman and not considered by Yahweh unclean. They were Israelites of the dispersion and under the same promises and redemption as the Judaean Israelites (circumcised). Acts 10 is not about eating pork!
Don't be a hypocrite.
Works of the law is not the 10 commandments. They are ordinances. They are referring to the sacrificial rituals. Before Christ died, the Israelite priesthood performed sacrifice for the atonement of sin. When Christ died, He was the last sacrifice, and the reigning high priest. These rituals were to cease. Many Israelites did not understand this and wanted to continue the rituals. The Judaizers were agitating the people and saying that Paul was doing away with the law (rituals) and these people were upset about it. See Acts 21:18-26
The rituals themselves cannot justify. They are just a schoolmaster for us to learn from.
The allegiance with our Prince is our salvation (preservation).
The Pharisees wanted to keep the rituals because they could control the people.
Notice in verse 16
We are still not to sin.
Acknowledge our guilt.
The faith of: again, His faith was the plan of God. He believed and trusted God, and executed that example fully. This is what we must do, not “just believe”, but believe and DO.
If just following the rituals or the law saves us, then what do we need Christ for?
They are our schoolmaster for our learning and understanding. For growth.
The function of the ritual law
Don't you understand His death yet?
The Keltic temperament, then, as now, has always been ardent and eager but easily influenced, and Paul reproached them for this instability.
The Judaizers, false brethren, the Jews were teaching that you were saved by the rituals.
If you don't understand His death, you accomplish nothing.
Paul defined the faith of Abraham in Romans 4.
Another deliberate mistranslation of the word 'nation' into heathen. The promises, laws and covenants were given to Abraham's seed. Abraham's descendants. Abraham's race. Abraham obeyed Yahweh and placed his son on the altar as a sacrifice to Yahweh, and still had faith in what Yahweh promised him. That he would be a father of many nations, meaning nations that came from Abraham's loins. This cannot be spiritualized, and you cannot add other races into this promise.
This verse sounds like anyone is 'in' if they have faith, let's look at the Greek:
Those from faith. The context is Abraham's faith. From Abraham's faith, resulting in the promises made to him regarding his seed.
(Deut 27:26, Jer 11:3)
Doing the law. Righteousness comes from obedience. Lev 18:5, Rom 10:5
No man can change the covenants. But the “churches” do. They include everyone else into the covenants made to Abraham's seed.
The Greek is much clearer:
'Christ' is not always referring to Jesus. Christ means 'anointed'. Called out, set apart.
Some examples are: 1 Sam 2:10,35, 1 Chron 16:22, Psalms 2:2,9, Heb 11:24-26, Lam 4:20, Hab 3:13.
Seed is defined as offspring, posterity. Kind after kind. Sperm, as the “churches” teach, cannot be spiritualized. Those NOT of the race of Abraham can't become the seed of Abraham.
If you still don't understand, reread verse 16 and use 'offspring' in place of 'seed(s)'.
'in Christ' is not in the original texts.
The written law of Moses was given 430 years after the promises were given to Abraham.
The covenant (promise) has nothing to do with the law. Our free gift of salvation is because of the promise, but we can be 'blotted out' if we do not practice and strive for the faith OF Christ.
Yahweh promised Himself to the children of Israel. In the form of Jesus.
Yahweh is the God of both Houses of Israel. Israel and Judah.
People would know this if the “churches” taught the history of our people, which is in the OT.
The law can preserve (save) us.
The purpose of law, which in itself is just and good, is to prevent the wrongdoer from harming others or himself. The law reveals condemnation, not salvation, it neither justifies the sinner, nor sanctifies the believer.
All the seed of Abraham are vessels of mercy. 'Might' is in verse 22 and the reference in Romans. If you don't act like a 'called out' seed, you might not get mercy. The children of Israel can exclude themselves by breaking allegiance (faith).
Faith in verse 23 can easily be compared to Christ, who has allegiance with the Father. Observe:
Christ had faith (allegiance). Faith is a noun, only Christ attained it by the example He set. This is our test, our purpose, our goal.
Most of the Israelites didn't have faith or love for the law. They just went through the motions of the rituals insincerely. After a while, the Israelites lost their fear of Yahweh because they could just sacrifice an animal for their sin, and then sin some more.
They no longer had the crutch of the rituals.
Again, 25 could read:
It follows that the impulse and inward power derived from the crucified, risen, indwelling Christ and from the faith (allegiance) which unites men to Him, results in outward character.
Deliverance from sin, deliverance from the curse of the law (not the law itself), deliverance from self centerdness, and deliverance from the lure of worldliness.
Allegiance (faith) also results in positive gifts, as, placement of son into Yahweh's inheritance, the promised Spirit, the fruits of that Spirit. Inwardly, love joy and peace. To Yahweh, faith (allegiance), meekness and temperance. And to others, longsuffering, gentleness and goodness.
'And' is not in the texts, it should be But.
This verse is NOT saying that anybody can become Abraham's seed.
Even though Hagar, who was an Egyptian (who were white back then), and the same race of Abraham, and Ishmael being circumcised, they were not part of the promises to Abraham.
Let's review the origin of the promises to Abraham.
Paul is speaking of younger Israel (from time of Egypt), who needed schooling. The Levitical priesthood and the law.
Christ was born an Israelite. Only Israel was given the law (on Mt Sinai). Only Israel could be redeemed because only Israel was under the law. There were no other races or peoples at Mt Sinai.
'Adoption' is a deliberate mistranslation. The Greek word 'uiothesia' means 'the placement of son'. It has nothing to do with adopting someone from another race and including them in the will.
The “churches” teach that God is a foster parent for anyone who “believes”. Why would you need to be “adopted” if you are already a child of God's? Oh yeah, because they teach that you are a non-Israelite gentile who by “just believing” you become the seed of Abraham and are by your own declaration are “saved”. That's just CRAZY!!!
The scriptures teach that Israelites are children of Yahweh that when they come of age (mature Spiritually) they are placed into position of son, and are heir to the inheritance promised to Abraham's seed.
'through Christ' is not in the original manuscripts.
With this addition, it supports the universal doctrine that anybody who “believes” can become a son. Scripture teaches exclusivity to the children of Israel, the race of Adam.
8 But while at that time not knowing Yahweh, you had been enslaved to those who are not gods by nature; (rebellious pagans)
9 and now knowing Yahweh, and still more being known by Yahweh, how do you again turn back to the weaknesses and poor elements of knowledge to which from above you again desire to be enslaved?
Now that you know Yahweh, how can you turn back away?
Christmas, Halloween, Easter. All are NOT Christian holidays.
11 I fear for you, whether or not I have toiled for you without purpose.
Paul is complimenting the Galatians that they received the gospel.
That you should stop this paganism. And get back to your righteousness.
19 My little children, whom I travail once more, until the Anointed have taken shape among you;
To be stern with them, they have been weak and fall for the perversion of the Judaizers.
Paul is setting up this discussion of the analogy of the bond woman, Hagar, and the free woman, Sarah.
Yahweh promised that Ishmael would be a great nation. Back then they were white Arabs. Today, they are mixed with Canaanite/Edomite Jew/and Negros.
ARAB - In Hebrew means -to become mixed, to grow dark
Ishmaelites- Arabs were white and remained white until Islamic Era (600AD ish)
United by Mohammedism in early 600's.
A new dynasty rose among the Arabs, moved capital from Damascus to Baghdad in 762.
In the ancient world, when you were a slave, your children were also slaves. Hagar was Sarah's servant.
The Arabs picked up the yoke (the law) around their own necks. The law was not given to them,
26 But the Jerusalem above is free, which is our mother.
'us all' is not in the ancient texts.
Jerusalem is often referred to as Israelites. The people.
Desolate- Ishmaelites mixed with Canaanites and Edomites. Arabs have Jew blood.
She with a husband-Sarah, Israelites. Children of the promise.
I don't know how I can explain this exclusiveness any better.
If Ishmael was Abraham's son too, and Yahweh said that the promises were only to Isaac and his seed, how can the “churches” add everybody else? They can't. The Bible is for only the Adamic race and to the Israelites specifically. If you don't know who the Israelites are, then how can you understand the Bible? You can't. There is a specific seed that is Yahweh's, and there is a specific seed that is the Devil's. Gen 3:15 Matt 13:36-43
The liberty is freedom from the rituals. The yoke of bondage is the penalty of sin. The penalty of sin is death, eternally. The rituals were a teaching lesson that had an expiration date. That was when Christ died for our sins. The rituals were needed no more. We are cleansed through the blood that was shed and now walk in righteousness when we don't sin.
Paul is telling them not to go back to the rituals. Romans 6:18
Christ cleansed our PAST sins, if we are to become servants of righteousness, we must continue to be separate from sin. Of course we can't always, but we can constantly and consciously and sincerely make an effort always.
The Greek clarifies:
2 Behold, I Paul say to you, that if you should be circumcised, Christ will be of no advantage to you.
3 And I testify again to every man getting himself circumcised, that he is obligated to do the entire law.
4 You are left unemployed, apart from the Anointed (the group). Those that in law are tested have fallen from favor,
5 For we in Spirit from faith anxiously await the expectation of justice.
6 In Christ Yahshua neither circumcision nor uncircumcision prevail at all, but faith acting through love.
Verse 3 is a reference to Galatians 3:10
Verse 4 states that you can fall from grace (favor). “Once saved always saved?”
Also, you should be separated from your brethren if you don't accept His death and the fulfillment of the rituals by His death.
7 Have you run well, you who have resisted to be persuaded in the truth?
The Galatians started acting accordingly until the Judaizers came with there hypocrisy and 'traditions'.
Verse 11 is a rhetorical statement.
12 I would even be obliged that those upsetting you were to cut themselves off.
The context is still liberty from the rituals.
If you do this great commandment you are fulfilling all the commandments.
We must control our fleshly (worldly) lusts. We must not manifest the works of the flesh.
The favor comes from the promise. The promise by allegiance.
This verse makes no sense in the KJV because it is mistranslated.
24 But they of the Anointed (group) crucify the flesh along with those affections and those desires.
Again, not 'once saved, always saved'. We must live AND walk in the Spirit. Believe AND do.
In chapter 6, the context of the rituals is no longer the subject. Now Paul is talking about general living among each other.
Be humble in correction of your brethren and don't impose to the point of division.
Verse 2 is a rhetorical question. It's referring to the ego in verse 1.
Is Paul saying in verse 2 that we should bear each others burden and here in verse 5 that every man should bear his own burden? No, Romans 2:6
Providing for your brethren is different than paying for his sins.
6 He who is being instructed in the word must share in all good things with he who is teaching.
Sowing of the Spirit is keeping the law.
Don't be weary in “just believing”. Oh wait, it said 'doing', and 'reaping' from 'doing'. So much for “just believe and be saved”.
A household is a family. The family (seed, DNA, posterity) of the faith. The faith of Abraham. Abraham had allegiance with Yahweh, not by “just belief” but by his actions. So did Christ. So must we. Faith is allegiance. Allegiance is loyalty, loyalty comes by action and example.
A reference to Paul's eyesight. He likely wrote the salutation of this letter.
'They' are the Judaizers. If the Galatians, and we, became Judaized, then the Jews would not be set apart from us. The Jews want to Judaize Christians so the Jews are not persecuted for the cross.
The world is dead to Paul, He lives by the preservation through imitating Christ.
15 Indeed neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new foundation.
If we stand for Christ, we will be persecuted, we will have sufferings and pain. Paul went through many beatings and torments, and died for Him.
Below are 3 sources of what the modern churches preach today about the book of Galatians.
The purpose is to expose the apostasy and perversion of the scriptures, and to educate our people about the truth of our heritage. That we, the anglo-saxon race who are the descendants of ancient Israel, are the people of Abraham's seed and therefore the heirs of the promises of Yahweh. Not the Jews who distort and pervert the scriptures and teach the 'traditions of men'.
The book of Galatians is a Pauline Epistle (letter from Paul). It was written by the Apostle Paul about 49 A.D. prior to the Jerusalem Council which had taken place in 50 A.D. This quite possibly could have been Paul’s first letter. The key personalities of this book are the Apostle Paul, Peter, Barnabas, Abraham, Titus, and false teachers. Paul writes this book to deal with the problem of circumcision and Jewish legalism toward Gentile believers.
As explained before, 'gentile' means nation, race or kinsmen of the same people. It does not mean non-Israelite. If you are anglo-saxon, you are not a 'gentile' by “church” definition. You are a descendant of the seed of Abraham. And 'believers' is a vague term. Christianity was called The Way in ancient times. You can be a 'believer' of The Way, but it is better to be
• In chapters 1-2, Paul’s gives his testimony about how he had received the authentic Gospel message. He warns that if anyone presents another Gospel message other than the one he was preaching, that person is “As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!” (1:9). Paul was speaking of the one true Gospel that he had received.
Paul then declares that Christ now lives within him, and directs, and empowers him to live as Christ’s ambassador and instrument: "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me" (2:2o).
• Chapters 3-5:12, Paul begins by declaring that salvation is through faith and trust in Jesus Christ “Alone”, and cannot be obtained through the keeping of the Law. “You foolish Galatians! Who put you under a spell? Was not Jesus the Messiah clearly portrayed before your very eyes as having been crucified? I want to learn only one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the law or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? Having started out with the Spirit, are you now ending up with the flesh? (Galatians 3:1-3). The Law (10 Commandments) is our tutor to lead us to salvation in Jesus Christ, “the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith” (3:24). No one can obey the 10 Commandments. It is impossible. Every person has broken them; therefore, we can only attain salvation through trusting in our Savior Christ Jesus.
Chapters 1-5 are about the sacrificial rituals. Works of the law are the rituals of the law. We must obey the 10 commandments but that is not what the context is here, it's the rituals. The rituals were our schoolmaster. When Christ died, we were supposed to graduate from these lessons and understand that they were done away. And yes we must “trust” in Jesus, but it's more than just “believing and trusting”. These alone get you nothing. You must obey and DO.
• Chapters 5:13-6, He teaches the Fruits of the Spirit and tells us to “walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh” (5:16). Good works does not save, but a Christian must have the desire to produce good fruit, obey God’s Law and live a holy and righteous life in the eyes of God. Christians should live this redeemed life.
Summary of the Book of Galatians
The opening verse identifies the author of Galatians as the apostle Paul. Apart from a few 19th-century interpreters, no one has seriously questioned his authorship.
Date and Destination
The date of Galatians depends to a great extent on the destination of the letter. There are two main views:
1 The North Galatian theory. This older view holds that the letter was addressed to churches (assemblies) located in north-central Asia Minor (Pessinus, Ancyra and Tavium), where the Gauls had settled when they invaded the area in the third century b.c. It is held that Paul visited this area on his second missionary journey, though Acts contains no reference to such a visit. Galatians, it is maintained, was written between a.d. 53 and 57 from Ephesus or Macedonia.
2 The South Galatian theory. According to this view, Galatians was written to churches (assemblies) in the southern area of the Roman province of Galatia (Antioch, Iconium, Lystra and Derbe) that Paul had founded on his first missionary journey. Some believe that Galatians was written from Syrian Antioch in 48-49 after Paul's first journey and before the Jerusalem council meeting (Acts 15). Others say that Galatians was written in Syrian Antioch or Corinth between 51 and 53.
Occasion and Purpose
Judaizers were Jewish Christians who believed, among other things, that a number of the ceremonial practices of the OT were still binding on the NT church.
Jews cannot be Christian, for 2Corinthians 6:14
Brethren, the Jews are the seed of the serpent (Satan). We are the children of Israel. Gen 3:15
The Jews were the Judaizers for that is their religion. Judaism is the perversion of the laws of Moses that are twisted into the 'traditions of men'. These Judaizers were the Edomite Jew Pharisees that have usurped the religious order and murdered Christ. They never have and never will accept Christ.
Stop supporting their lies, blasphemies, and hypocrisy.
These Judaizers were teaching to continue the blood rituals, because they did not accept Christ's sacrifice.
Now the “NT church”. This is a 'tradition of men'. The “churches” teach that the OT was the Jews (Israelites, which they are not, they are Edomites and Canaanites), and Israel is replaced by the “church”. Nowhere can this be backed up. The Israelites of the OT are the SAME people in the NT. The “church” cannot take the place of Abraham's seed. The Bible is the book of the generations of Adam. The seed of Abraham.
Following Paul's successful campaign in Galatia, they insisted that Gentile converts to Christianity abide by certain OT rites, especially circumcision. The 'they' are the Judaizers, not Paul.
Paul responded by clearly establishing his apostolic authority and thereby substantiating the gospel he preached. By introducing additional requirements for justification (e.g., works of the law) his adversaries (the Jews) had perverted the gospel of grace (favor) and, unless prevented, would bring Paul's converts into the bondage of legalism. While true, the rituals are the context, not good works. It is by grace (favor) through faith (allegiance) alone that people are justified, and it is by faith (allegiance) alone that they are to live out their new life in the freedom of the Spirit. Freedom from the yoke of the rituals. We were cleansed, now don't get dirty by being unrighteous, meaning ignoring following the law.
Galatians stands as an eloquent and vigorous apologetic for the essential NT truth that people are justified by faith in Jesus Christ -- by nothing less and nothing more -- and that they are sanctified not by legalistic works but by the obedience that comes from faith in God's work for them, in them and through them by the grace and power of Christ and the Holy Spirit. It was the rediscovery of the basic message of Galatians (and Romans) that brought about the Protestant Reformation. Galatians is often referred to as "Luther's book," because Martin Luther relied so strongly on this letter in all his preaching, teaching and writing against the prevailing theology of his day. It is also referred to as the "Magna Carta of Christian Liberty." A key verse is 2:16.
Who wrote the book?
Galatians has always been among those Pauline epistles least challenged on the issue of authorship. Paul wrote to the churches (assemblies) in southern Galatia after having a hand in starting them on his first missionary journey to Asia Minor. Paul’s close relationship to these churches (assemblies) helps to explain the extremely strong tone he took with them from the very beginning of the letter. Galatians exhibits Paul at his angriest, as he risked the good favor of the converts in those churches (assemblies) to make sure they were on the path of truth and not led off into deception. In fact, to emphasize the seriousness of his purpose, he took the pen from his scribe and wrote the end of the letter himself in large letters (Galatians 6:11). He likely wrote the salutation. Why would he finish the letter?
Where are we?
Upon arriving back in Antioch from his first missionary journey after eighteen months on the road, Paul received a report that the churches (assemblies) he had started in Galatia had fallen into hard times—specifically, they had fallen into error. A group of Judaizers—those who sought to make living under the Mosaic Law a requirement of the Christian faith—had gained an influence in the Galatian churches (assemblies). Paul wrote the book a few months before his attendance at the Jerusalem Council in AD 49, a meeting where the apostles would take up this very topic (Acts 15:1–30).
Why is Galatians so important?
In advance of the Jerusalem Council, Paul’s letter speaks wisdom and clarity into the first real controversy that plagued the church (assembly) in its early years—the relationship between Christian Jews (this is an oxymoron, like saying Saint Devils) and Christian Gentiles (dispersed Israelite Christians of the tribes of Israel). The only people who can be Christian are the children of light. Adamite and Israelite kinsmen. The Jews are Edomite and Canaanites, they are a mixed breed. They are the Judaizers. Those perverting the scriptures and deceiving the whole world. Paul’s aggressive tone shows just how important it was to him that the people embrace unity in Christ, no matter their racial distinctions. While this commentator and the “churches” support this 'doctrine of men', the scriptures teach the exact opposite. The whole Bible is a book of segregation and exclusiveness. Nowhere does Yahweh or Christ, the prophets or apostles support unity of aliens, strangers, and other races. Nowhere. Every time you see the words 'all, every, and whosoever', they must be taken in context with the entire book, the generations of Adam. For him, this was no minor issue, as he went so far as to call the Galatians deserters of Christ, people turning from the truth toward a gospel contrary to the one they had received from Paul (Galatians 1:6–9). They were deserters if they turned from the truth. The Judaizers played a huge role in scattering the sheep, just like today's “churches” do. The “churches” are today's Judaizers. The word Judeo-Christian is an oxymoron. Christianity is not Judaism. This is the deception Christ warned us about.
What's the big idea?
When the Galatians fell away so quickly from the gospel of grace (favor) Paul had preached to them, they also made clear their disloyalty to Paul’s authority as an apostle. Therefore, Paul began the letter to the Galatians by spending two chapters defending that very issue. Only in chapter 3 did he begin to get to the heart of their error; namely, that these Galatians sought to be justified by the Mosaic Law. In contrast, Paul presented his argument that justification comes to people by faith in Jesus Christ, not by their works (of the rituals) under the Law.
Part of the problem that confronted the Galatians came in one of the arguments made by the Judaizers. These false teachers suggested that to live by grace (favor) and in freedom meant to live a lawless and therefore degenerate life. And so in the final chapters of the letter, Paul made clear that justification—an act of grace through faith—need not result in a sinful lifestyle. Because Christians have been freed from bondage to the sinful nature, we now have the path of holiness open to us. And not by “just believing”.
How do I apply this?
Unfortunately, the false teaching brought to the Galatian churches (assemblies) by the Judaizers has been extremely difficult to root out even today. Bravo! We must walk a fine line—on one hand, we do not want to fall into the legalism that the Galatians struggled with, but on the other, we cannot just live as if anything goes. The Christian’s commitment to Christ is based on the free gift of grace (favor) through faith (allegiance), but as Paul articulated at the end of Galatians, it also results in a life of walking by the Spirit.(walking in His example)
Is the fruit of the Spirit evident in your life, or do you find yourself living according to the flesh or “the compulsions of selfishness” (Galatians 5:16–26 MESSAGE)? Too often we lose ourselves at the extremes, ending in a legalistic attempt to earn our salvation or a devil-may-care attitude about our sin.
Use Paul’s words in Galatians as an encouragement to pursue a life of holiness, not in your own strength but in the knowledge of God’s empowering grace (favor) in your life.
Holiness or righteousness comes from keeping His statutes, laws, and commandments. Not by “just believing”.
Show Yahweh that you are worthy of the favor He has given you. By DOING and by BEING.