Galatians is the second letter written in the New Testament (AD 49).
The letter to the Galatians was written by Paul after he established several grace-based churches in the region of Galatia (modern day Turkey).
These churches were established in the cities of Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe (Acts 13:13-14:1-20).
Paul’s message in these cities was that a right standing before God (forgiveness and righteousness) came by grace through faith in Jesus alone and not by following the days, diets, duties, and demands of the law of Moses (Acts 13:38-39).
Joyfully, the Galatians accepted the good news that righteousness (innocence before God and acceptance by God) came by faith and not by following the law.
However, soon after Paul left the region of Galatia, religious leaders surfaced in Galatia, attempting to lead believers in Galatia away from grace and faith in Jesus alone for righteousness.
They successfully convinced them to desert grace as the means to righteousness and to return to following the law of Moses to gain righteousness (Galatians 2:21 and 5:4).
Upon hearing of the believers radical departure from grace, Paul was astonished.
Therefore, he writes a letter to the Galatians to convince them to return to grace for righteousness, to faith in Jesus alone.
Over the next few months, we will study together Paul’s letter to the Galatians and his attempt to convince the Galatians to return to grace for righteousness...a righteousness that comes by faith in Jesus alone and not by following the law of Moses.