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The Book of Galatians KJV

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Published on Apr 21, 2016

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Book of Galatians
Galatians Some believe that Paul wrote this letter at the completion of his first missionary journey, around the year 50 A.D., which could make this the earliest written book in the New Testament; but that distinction usually goes to I Thessalonians. A strong belief, rather, is that this was written during the period when Paul settled in Ephesus for a few years in the mid-50's A.D. since the nature of the writing is to correct a few communities where folks had started (after Paul departed them) to believe counter-beliefs brought to them by others of questionable credentials. We will see a great deal of emotion in Paul's words here because he is truly upset. In Galatians' pages, we'll read an opening to a book by Paul that is not all prayerful and supportive as most of his letters begin, but rather one that goes so far as to say that even if an angel shall appear with a contrary message, that being shall be cursed [one can find these words within the sanctuary of the Roman Catholic cathedral in Salt Lake City] (ch. 1), an account of how Paul stood up to Peter himself in Antioch when Peter changed his own behavior among the Gentile converts whenever Jewish converts were present instead of honoring the properness of the Gentiles' customs which were not guided by the Law but by their Faith in Jesus (ch. 2), the most accusatory opening of a chapter in the Bible where Paul writes, “You stupid Galatians!” because they could not see that Abraham, the Father of those of the Jewish faith, himself was found acceptable to God—and he was 430 years before the Law ever came via Moses to the people [one wonders whether Paul ever had a beer with the Galatians afterwards to apologize for his choice of words] (ch. 3), Paul's insistence that God is crying out a self-identity of “Abba, Father” even to the Gentiles, and Paul's feeling that he has wasted time in his ministering among the Galatians and that they all need to be re-born (ch. 4), Paul's going so far as to wish self-castration on some who have led in the wrong direction, and his insistence that freedom is not for license but rather to love [he goes on to list 15 works of the flesh to avoid in using one's freedom, and 9 fruits of the Spirit for which to strive] (ch. 5), and his seemingly calmer ending in the final chapter [after he blew off all his steam] calling for correcting gently, helping to carry burdens, and a note referencing his penmanship which seems to have given itself over to a large script in the surge of emotions pouring forth from his quill (ch. 6).

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