As we come to the book of Galatians today, Paul will be addressing the legalism that had been brought in to the churches of the region by the Judiazers. They had come there arguing that true salvation involved more than just grace alone through faith alone. One commentator summed up their argument like this: “Grace is fine, faith is fine, Jesus is good, the cross works, the blood helps, but it’s not enough to cover sin. To be dressed for heaven you’ve got to add to your wardrobe a few religious accessories like Sabbath worship, circumcision, baptism, fasting, tithes, daily devotions—this discipline and that sacrifice.”
When Paul made one of his missionary journeys to Galatia, he immediately recognized that the Galatians had bought in to the teachings of the Judiazers and had fallen from grace. He knew that they were trying to add religious works to the finished work of Christ. And so he was livid, and he penned this letter for all the churches to read. Though harsh in its demeanor, the enduring purpose of Paul’s letter was to bring the reader back to a place of living by faith so that grace and peace would be multiplied in their lives!
May grace and peace be multiplied to you as we study the book of Galatians,