Session Notes

What We Will Learn Today

  1. The Occasion for the Letter
  2. Paul's Previous Experience in Galatia
  3. The Central Proposition

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  1. The Occasion for the Letter
    1. Paul had planted the pure doctrine of the Gospel, of the righteousness of faith, among the Galatians.
    2. Immediately after his departure, false teachers had crept in, attempted to subvert everything that Paul had taught.
    3. Gospel teaches something far more sublime than the wisdom, righteousness, and religion of the world.
  2. Vs. 2: “To the churches of Galatia. . .”
    1. Paul had preached the Gospel in Galatia, false apostles sneaked in.
    2. fanatics in our day come to places where Gospel is established, insinuate themselves
    3. godly preachers not only endure persecution, but, after laboring for years planting churches endure seeing it all quickly overthrown by fanatics
    4. Jerome asks, “Why does Paul call these ‘churches?’”
    5. say this so we may distinguish between “Christian holiness” & all other kinds
  3. Vs. 8: “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”
    1. Paul here “breathing fire!” (Luther)
    2. anathema (Gk) & herem (Heb.) both signify a thing accursed, execrable and detestable. (see Josh. 6:17, Lev. 27:28, story of Amalek, Ex. 17:14)
    3. Luther sums up Paul’s zeal in calling down such curses:
    4. Paul concludes, “There is no other Gospel than the one we preached to you!”