GALATIANS‬ ‭1:1-5‬ ‭‬‬

“This letter is from Paul, an apostle. I was not appointed by any group of people or any human authority, but by Jesus Christ himself and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead. All the brothers and sisters here join me in sending this letter to the churches of Galatia. May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.”

Galatians‬ ‭1:1-5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Paul is a very prolific theologian. He was a scholar in two worlds. As a Pharisee, he was trained in the Jewish religion, and was considered a rising star in its zealotry. Let us not forget that his conversion to Christianity came as he was in the middle of ambushing a cell of Christians hiding in Damascus. He was even present at the first martyrdom in Christian history. As a Roman citizen, he was highly educated. He was mentored in rhetoric and literacy, and had access to the ancient libraries. Paul had status and accolades. In today’s world, Paul would have had many degrees on his office wall. This is in sharp contrast to the fishermen and tax collectors whom Jesus normally called. Yet all of these things amounted to being an enemy of God, his son and the church. And these enemy riches are exactly the reason why Paul starts off his message to Galatia in solidarity with other believers in the acceptance and necessity for God’s grace. This isn’t a celebrated approach in today’s climate of social media likes and follows, but Paul rejects those notions by lowering himself into the position of someone equally in need of grace and the message about to be offered. This is a major element of mission work as well as Christian admonition. In Christ, there is an equal playing field, where our human efforts to be like God result in proof that we need God. As Paul wrote to the Romans, “ the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” This must be present in any successful rendition of the gospel. Paul places at the beginning of his presentation. It is not hidden.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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