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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians
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Delighted that you could join in at Daily Bread for another interesting letter from Paul, this one written to the Galatians.

How about a little Daily Bread Crumb to start off with? The area of Asia Minor that was called Galatia back in Paul's day, is now modern day Turkey. The reason why it was called Galatia was because the people from that region migrated there from a place called Gaul, or the Latin name, Gallia. That was what is now mainly what is modern day France and Belgium, and at one time included part of northern Italy.

The first part of Paul's letter reveals that the people of Galatia had been convinced somehow that the way to salvation was through works, contrary to the Gospel of Faith that Jesus taught. We're about to find out how Paul reacts to this, so anyone who is keeping a tally of their own good works, hoping that your score is high enough to enter Heaven at the end of the game, pay close attention.

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Galatians 1:1

1 [From] Paul, an Apostle, [chosen] (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead;)
2 And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:

A few things to note in Paul's opening lines. First, Paul always identifies himself in a humble manner, saying in so many words, I am who I am because of the Lord. Another thing to notice is that this letter is addressed to the churches of Galatia, meaning more than one. If you look at a map of ancient Asia Minor, you'll see that Galatia was a fairly large area, so naturally there would be more than one church to serve such a region. Also, remember Paul's note in parenthesis, as he is about to tell the Galatians the same thing about the Gospel, that it is not from man, but from Jesus.

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Now, Paul continues his greeting and gives praise to God.

Galatians 1:3-19

3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
4 Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the Will of God and our Father:
5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
6 I marvel [I'm amazed] that ye are so soon removed [led away] from Him [God] that called you into the Grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some [impostors] that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an Angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men [look for human approval], or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
11 But I certify you, brethren, that the Gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
13 For ye have heard of my conversation [lifestyle] in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
14 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by His grace,
16 To reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood [I asked no human for their advice]:
17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were Apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
19 But other of the Apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.

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Let's talk about what is going on in Ephesus. Paul introduced the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Ephesians, and shortly thereafter, someone came along telling them lies and trying to persuade them to believe in something else. This also happened in Corinth, as we learned. It is not revealed here if the deceiver(s) were from within the Church or outsiders. We do know, this is upsetting to Paul, and you can kind of imagine Paul saying, "Here we go again."

Paul first explains where and how he learned the Gospel. This is quite an interesting thing to note. He didn't go and ask the other Apostles what it was all about. It was three years before he went to Jerusalem to see Peter. So what do you suppose he did for three years? Spent a lot of time in prayer and communicating with the Holy Spirit, one would imagine. Probably studied scripture in a totally different light than he had for his whole life, changing gears from law to Grace.

Paul tells that he learned the Gospel as it was revealed to him by Jesus. Straight from Jesus! For those three years, he was in a time of preparation, training, readying to do the Lord's work, with the Holy Spirit conforming him into the Apostle that would spread the Good News to the Gentiles. This really stands to reason, as the twelve Apostles spent three and a half years with Jesus.

Paul continues:

Galatians 1:20-24

20 Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.
21 Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;
22 And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ:
23 But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.
24 And they glorified God in me.

The fact that so many believed in Paul, knowing his past, is incredible, but true. Imagine in your life today, you know of someone who is a thug, a bully, persecutes people who don't agree with him and even goes as far as imprisoning them. Then suddenly he makes a complete turn around and he is the messenger to the entire Gentile world of the Gospel. Would you immediately believe him? God's divine hand can do that. Our faith is not logical. Imagine if nobody gave Paul a chance. What a sad world it would be. But ... they glorified God in Him! Allelujah!

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What do you suppose Paul's point is in explaining to the Galatians about his past? Well, there are intruders in Galatia, trying to teach things that are contrary to the Gospel, yet calling it the Gospel. Paul is merely saying, just as he did in his greeting, I am who I am because of the Lord, and I learned the Gospel by revelation from Him.

It was first hand. The other Apostles were with Jesus in the flesh to learn the Gospel and by the Spirit of Jesus it was revealed to Paul. So, the point that Paul is driving at is that whatever so called gospel these intruders were trying to convince the Galatians of, they didn't get it from Jesus, so it's not the Truth.

Next time, we'll find out a little more about Paul's early days as an Apostle, so be sure to come back soon and we'll share it together, right here at Daily Bread.

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