by Stan Coffey

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Galatians: Liberty In Christ (10 Of 32)
Through the Bible Survey
Dr. Stan Coffey
July 21 and 28, 1991

I. INTRODUCTION - Chapter 1:1 and 2
A. Theme: Paul's epistle to the Galatians has been likened to "the sketch for the finished picture of Romans." Both Romans and Galatians emphasize salvation, the believers freedom from the law, and the removal before God of any difference between Jew and Gentile. Paul's Galatian letter also has common ground with 11 Corinthians for both letters emphasize the fact of his apostleship.

B. Background: The area covered by Galatia varied from time to time. Originally it was the country in Northwestern Asia-Minor settled by the Gauls who gave the area its name. Later it was taken over by the Romans who enlarged the territory and made it a province.

C. Recipients: The Galatians themselves were generous, inconsistent, impulsive and quarrelsome. These characteristics are reflected in Paul's letter to them. Of the 15 "works of the flesh" listed by Paul (5:20-21) eight are sins of strife.

D. Doctrinal Content: Going back to the Old Testament and sighting Abraham as an example Paul shows that the doctrine of salvation by faith was by no means new. Abraham had been justified that way long before the law was given. Then Paul contrasts the position of a "child" under the law with that of a "son" under grace and illustrates ...

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