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Philippians 2:16

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Galatians forms the legal companion to Paul’s letter to the church at Rome.  Thus, both letters should be studied side by side when pursuing the truth contained in each letter.  It is quite evident from the internal evidence that this letter was written shortly after the Jerusalem Council in A.D. 50 (see Acts 15).  Furthermore, it is evident that this letter was written following Paul’s first evangelistic tour amongst the Gentiles (Acts 13-14) and before his second evangelistic trip.  In Paul’s letter to the churches in Galatia, he tackles the threat caused by false brethren who were perverting the Gospel of free, unconditional grace, by mixing it with the leaven of apostate Judaism which resulted in the death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

In this running commentary, we will consider Paul’s stern and sober warning to those who profess faith in Christ, like those to whom the letter of Hebrews was written, not to be bewitched by those who would take the types, shadows, figures, and symbols of the Old economy and use them as a wedge amongst the people of God.  The present-day Christian Zionist movement (better known as Dispensational Premillennialism) attempts to divide God’s people into two separate camps--national Israel versus the Church of Christ.  God only has one people, His elect.  They must be regenerated by the same Spirit; they must respond to the message of the Gospel by faith; they must place that faith in one Savior only--the Lamb of God despite whatever “dispensation” they may live in.  God has only one true Israel--Jew and Gentile saved by faith alone in Christ alone for all eternity.

May you be blessed in the meditations provided in this series.             –Pastor Bob Spagnuolo

Code      Title and Text

GAL01    Paul--Only One Gospel (Galatians 1:1-24)

GAL02    Fourteen Years Later--A.D. 50 (Galatians 2:1-5)

GAL03    The Operation of Man versus the Operation of God (Gal. 2:1-5; Acts 15:1-6)

GAL04    Certain Men, Unawares (Gal. 2:4)

GAL05    Three Pillars and a Handshake (Gal. 2:1-9)

GAL06    The Jerusalem Council--1 Peter’s Defense (Acts 15:1-12)

GAL07    No Respecter of Persons-Jew or Gentile (Acts 15:12, Eph. 6:5-9)

GAL08    Pastor James’ Sentence–1 (Acts 15:12-22)

GAL09    Pastor James’ Sentence–2 (Acts 15:12-18)

GAL10    Pastor James’ Sentence–3 (Acts 15:13-18)

GAL11    Pastor James’ General Epistle–1 (Acts 15:19-29)

GAL12    Pastor James’ General Epistle–2 (Acts 15:19-29)

GAL13    Open Rebuke Versus Secret Love (Gal. 2:9-11)

GAL14    Seasons of Contention Between Brethren (Gal. 2:9-14)

GAL15    “Justified in Christ–Crucified with Christ” (Gal. 2:16-21)

GAL16    Oh, Foolish Galatians (Gal. 3:1)

GAL17    Who Are the Children of Abraham? (Gal. 3:1-9)

GAL18    Who Are the Children of Abraham?–2 (Gal. 3:6-16)

GAL19    Who Are the Children of Abraham?–3 (Gal. 3:16-29)

GAL20    No Longer Under Tutelage of the Law (Gal. 4:1-21)

GAL21    Paul’s Definitive Allegory (Gal. 4:21-31)

GAL22    Stand Fast Therefore (Gal. 5:1)

GAL23    Paul Against the Judaizers (Gal. 5:1-16)

GAL24    Saints’ Spiritual Warfare (Gal. 5:12-26)

GAL25    A Circumcision That Saves (Gal. 6:1-18)