Summary Galatians 1:1-24
Here we have a bunch of topics. The major themes are:
- God the Father, implies we are all ‘children of God’
- Lord Jesus Christ, ‘christ’ = the messiah
- χάρις vs ‘gratia’ vs grace
- Jesus given for our sins
- There is another gospel!!! Or perhaps more than one
- Angel from the sky. When did ‘sky’ in both Latin and Greek become ‘heaven’?
- Anathema sit! Let him preaching another gospel be cursed
- The person actually writing what Paul has ‘written’ was, possibly, an Athenian. Did not mention this, but, overall, the Greek has a more sophisticated feel than the Greek of 1 Thessalonians. One can tell this because the are many more difficult passages.
- Paul’s gospel is not according to men. This picks up on and amplifies Paul’s contention in 1 Thess that he preached with power. Serves to assert that he is someone, even though he had never met Jesus
- Paul describes himself as a persecutor of the church
- Paul’s personal account of his conversion; it doesn’t exactly match the story of the Road to Damascus so famous from the Acts of the Apostles
- Paul’s personal history; he was a Pharisee, and one of the most zealous Jews of his generation
- He was
separated summoned* separated** by God for his role, ‘from his mother’s womb’; foreshadowing of Predestination
- It was God’s intent that he preach to the Gentiles; revealed to him, no doubt, by God
- Independent corroboration that Peter was, indeed, a leader of the Apostles; at least, after Jesus’ death
- JAMES THE BROTHER OF THE LORD !!! and the implications of this statement on the doctrine of the virgin birth
- Paul was personally unknown to the majority of the Jerusalem Assembly; not surprising if Paul was out traveling for the past 14 years–as we will find out in Chapter 2.
*Updated per comment on post
** Changed back to original translation
Posted on August 30, 2012, in epistles, Galatians, Paul's Letters, Summary, Uncategorized and tagged Bible, Bible commentary, commenting, epistles, Galatians, New Testament. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.