Galatians 1:1-12 – The second Sunday after Pentecost â€“ for Sunday, May 29, 2016
â€œIf I were still trying to please people, I wouldnâ€™t be Christâ€™s slave.â€ (Galatians 1:10)
Itâ€™s never easy to craft a note with honest, heartfelt criticism. Especially when itâ€™s to a person, or people, you deeply care about.
When Paul wrote to the folks at Galatia, his intentions were obvious in the opening sentences: confronting their false faith, challenging them to choose â€œthe grace of Christ,â€ and asserting his claims to authority.
Galatians is the ninth of twenty-seven books in the New Testament.
According to most scholars, itâ€™s indisputably one of Paulâ€™s authentic works.
Along with Romans and the Corinthian correspondence, it reveals Paulâ€™s theology, serving as a benchmark for â€œPaulineâ€ Christianity.
For believers, it is sacred text and holy verses.
And yet, isnâ€™t Galatians first the most difficult of love letters?
Paul frets. Paul worries. Paul struggles. Paul . . . loves. Continue reading →