A Study of Galatians
A study of Galatians is our next project on the radio program WALKING IN TRUTH. Please scroll down to find the links to study guides for each chapter of Galatians and a combined PDF of all six chapters. We will add them as we complete them (one per week). If you don’t see all of the files below, come back later when the study has been completed. Please tell others about the study guides, using the social media links below.
Harold Littrell writes these introductory words regarding Galatians:
To lower Galatia. Paul established the churches of Galatian on his first preaching tour, if indeed lower Galatia included the cities of Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe, as this writer believes. Judaizing teachers, demanding that the brethren be circumcised and keep the Law of Moses upset and deluded the Christians of that area (Gal 1.6-9), even as they did in Corinth to some extent (cf., 2 Cor 11.13-15).
Written about the time the letter to the Romans was written. Evidently Paul wrote this letter about the same time Paul wrote the letter to the brethren at Rome. He wrote that latter while at Corinth. He was in Corinth for about three months (Acts 20.1-3). It was probably about A.D. 57 or 58.
Paul defends the gospel he preached and warned against perverters.
The burden of this letter was to defend the gospel (good message) he himself preached. He preached the gospel as being from Christ Jesus himself (Gal 1.11-12). He tried to convince the brethren there that the Law of Moses had been removed, and was no longer valid. He stressed the fact that if anyone—even an angel from heaven, preached any other gospel than the one he had preached to them, that person or angel was accursed (Gal 1.8-9).
Dead to the Law of Moses through the Law of Christ. In Galatians 2.19 Paul says that through the law [of Christ] he was dead to the Law [of Moses]. The statement, is “Through the law I am dead to the Law, that I might live unto God.”
God’s children IN CHRIST through THE FAITH. In Galatians 3.26-27 he laid out very plainly how people NOW become God’s children in Christ Jesus, through the faith, at the point of immersion into Christ.
The Law was a YOKE OF BONDAGE
In chapter four Paul shows that being under the Law was like being in slavery. Then, in chapter five he warns them not to go back under the YOKE OF BONDAGE (the Law of Moses).
One CAN Fall from Grace!
He reveals to them (and us) that if one goes back to the Law for righteousness, he/she has fallen from grace. He shows that Christ is of no value to those who leave Christ and go to the Law. Apparently many of the Galatian Christians had fallen from grace.
Faith WORKING through love. In Galatians 5.6 he states that circumcision (being a Jew) is nothing, and uncircumcision (being a Gentile) is nothing. The thing that counts in God’s sight now is “faith working through love.” He again underscores that that fact in Galatians 6.15, showing that it is being “a new creature” that is of value. See 1 Corinthians 7.19 where Paul shows that “keeping the commandment of the Lord is the important thing. Being a Jew of a Gentile has no merit in Christ.
Works of the Flesh. The works of the flesh—that which is produced by living to fulfill the desires of the flesh, are listed in Galatians 5.19-21. It is clearly stated that one can not inherit heaven if those things are followed.
Fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the spirit—those wonderful and desirable qualities produced by the individuals who are living after the spirit (the inner person), trying to please God and to mature spiritually, are shown to decorate the lives of the Christians who put to death the flesh (Gal 5.22-23).
Do Good to All, as Opportunity Allows. In Galatians 6.10 the inspired writer shows that responsibility all Christians have in helping all people, especially the saints, as opportunity allows, is a part of Christian living.
—A Commentary on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, by Harold LIttrell.
- Study Guide for Galatians 1
- Study Guide for Galatians 2
- Study Guide for Galatians 3
- Study Guide for Galatians 4
- Study Guide for Galatians 5
- Study Guide for Galatians 6
- Study Guide for the entire Book of Galatians