Epistle to the Galatians

National Association of Christian Ministers Summary Series

The Epistle to the Galatians is a letter written by the Apostle Paul to a group of churches in the region of Galatia, which is located in modern-day Turkey. The letter was likely written in the mid-40s AD and is considered one of Paul’s earliest and most important writings.

In the letter, Paul addresses the issue of Judaizers, who were Christians who believed that Gentile converts to Christianity needed to follow Jewish laws and customs, such as circumcision and observing the Sabbath. Paul strongly opposes this view, arguing that salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ alone, and that following the law is not necessary for justification. He also defends his own apostolic authority and explains his own conversion and mission.

Throughout the letter, Paul emphasizes the freedom that comes from faith in Christ and urges the Galatians to resist the temptation to return to the law. He also emphasizes the importance of love and living by the Spirit, rather than by the flesh.

Overall, the Epistle to the Galatians is a passionate defense of the gospel of grace and a powerful reminder of the central importance of faith in Christ for salvation.