Paul challenges the Galatian Christians to look beyond the letter of the law.
The church in Galatia was divided over issues of Torah observance. Many leaders were requiring non-Jewish Christians to live by Jewish laws, missing the point of the Gospel message. Jesus fulfilled the law and reconciled all who believe in him. When people trust in Jesus as the Messiah, his life, death, and resurrection become theirs. They are new creations, free from the laws and the old covenant.
Justified through Faith
The book of Galatians reminds Jesus’ followers to embrace the Gospel message of the crucified Messiah, that justifies all people through faith and empowers them to live like Jesus did.
Paul wrote the book of Galatians to reaffirm the Gospel message and address the belief that non-Jewish Christians should follow the laws of Torah.
All Believers Justified
All believers belong to Jesus' covenant family because of their faith in Jesus—not because they obey the laws of Torah.
A Multi-Ethnic Family
The Gospel message is one that includes all people into God's covenant family.
While the laws of the Torah help people to live godly lives, Jesus' transforming presence through the Spirit equips all people to obey Jesus' commands and love others.
Fruit of the Spirit
Through the Spirit, all Jesus followers can become people of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.