galatians

Commentary on Galatian 1:14

The Traditions of the Fathers, not the Religion of Christ.

Paul says, "I advanced in the Jews' religion beyond many of mine own age among my countrymen, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers." It is easy to see that "the Jews' religion" was not the religion of God and Jesus Christ, but was human tradition. People make a great mistake in considering "Judaism" as the religion of the Old Testament. The Old Testament no more teaches Judaism than the New Testament teaches Roman Catholicism.

Original "Studies in Galatians" | Lesson 4 of 22

The Truth of the Gospel.

Galatians 2:1-10

Before beginning the study of the second chapter of Galatians, read the first chapter again carefully. One must necessarily understand and have in mind the contents of chapter 1 in order to understand chapter 2, since the second is but a continuation of the first. There is no break in the narrative in passing from the first to the second chapter. We may summarize the first chapter thus:— 

The salutation, in which the whole Gospel is included. 

Galatians 3 | The Glad Tidings

Instead of attacking their error and combating it with hard argument, the apostle begins with an experience, which illustrates the case in hand.  In this narrative he shows that salvation is wholly by faith for all men alike, and not in any degree by works.  As Christ tasted death for every man, so every man who is saved must have Christ's personal experience of death and resurrection and life.  Christ in the flesh does what the law cannot do.  Galatians 2:21; Romans 8:3,4