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Readings and Homework from Galatians

Galatians was written to the churches of Galatians which were primarily Gentile. They had been convinced that besides accepting Christ, they needed to also keep the law of Moses. Paul advances three main arguments against this: chapters 1-2 show from his personal history that his gospel came from God; chapters 3-4 show from the Old Testament that justification by faith in Christ was God's plan all along; and chapters 5-6 show that only faith in Christ allows a person to live righteously.

Read the following:

1:1-12  the different gospel
     vv. 8-9 the curse
     v. 12 the origin of Paul's gospel

2:11-21 Paul's confrontation with Peter
     v. 16 justified not by works of law
     v. 20 crucified with Christ

3:10-14 curse of the law
     v. 13 Christ became a curse for us

3:23-4:7 the custodian and the child
     v. 27 baptized into Christ
     v. 28 one in Christ
     v. 4 fulness of time

5:1-25 the argument from practical Christian Living
     v. 3 bound to keep whole law
     v. 4 fallen away from grace
     vv. 19-21 works of the flesh
     vv. 22-23 fruit of the Spirit

6:11-15 Paul's personal postscript in his own handwriting

Briefly answer the following questions on another sheet of paper for homework. Be sure to put your name on it.

  1. What does Paul say the different gospel that the Galatians were turning to really was?

  2. What does Paul say should happen to him if he should change and preach a different gospel?

  3. When Cephas refused to eat with Gentiles any more at Antioch, who did he influence to do the same that surprized Paul?

  4. What curse are people under who try to be saved by doing the works of the law?

  5. As long as an heir is a child, he is no better than what?

  6. Although in Christ, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is of value, what is?

Bonus: Christians are not to use their freedom for what?

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