The Nature and Character of God in Galatians
- He is described as being "God the Father." Gal 1:1
- The father description is discussed in context with "Jesus Christ".
- The action of the father was described concerning Jesus as "who raised
him from the dead;" Gal 1:1
- The two personages are described as assigning the rank of apostleship upon
Gal 1:1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ,
and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
- Grace and peace may be provisioned from God the Father and the Lord Jesus
Gal 1:3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord
- These two
- wills delivering us from this present evil world
Gal 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this
present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
- The "our" Father above indicates a presumption that this fatherhood
also extends to mankind, inparticular this application can be made concerning
Paul the writer of this epistle and "Gal 1:2 And all the brethren which
are with me,"
- Both God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are ascribed worthiness of
glory for ever and ever.
Gal 1:5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
- It is the Father "that called you into the grace of Christ."
- here "you" refers directly to the Galatians, to whom the epistle was
- By extension this would apply to
any who are of faith.
- Implication here also indicates that they too have right to consider
Him their Father.
- With reference to Paul, God the Father was directly involved in
- his separation from his mother's
- This took place by or according to God the Father's pleasure.
- Gal 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's
womb, and called me by his grace,
- called Paul by his grace. God does call individuals. This declares
that God directly intervenes in human affairs as it pleases Him in such
manner that future is affected. God does this with purpose.
- Gal 1:16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen;
immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
- This verse directly refers to Jesus as being the Son of God
- Here it directly states that God uses the instrumentality of
men to further his purpose of communicating with mankind.
- This first chapter gives direct refutation to many religious groups
which deny one God with a plurality of personality manifestations
commonly defined as the trinity. Such groups might include Islam,
forms of Judeism, Jehovah's Witness, Atheism, Humanism, Liberalism,
- God accepteth no man's person: Gal 2:6.
- Before God, no one has undue preferencial
treatment or influence.
- The spiritual response to God is to not show preferential treatment
or respect apparent worldly influence
in our ministries among men
- Gal 2:6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever
were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's
person:) for they who seemed
to me: .
- Neither should we do as Peter by withdrawing fellowship from
some believers in the presence
of influential persons of another opinion. For this
Peter was admonished. (Gal
2:11 - 14)
- Man is justified by the faith of
- Knowing that a
man is not justified
works of the law,
by the faith of
- even we have
- that we might
by the faith
- and not by
works of the law:
- for by the
works of the
law shall no
flesh be justified.
- The believer is to live unto God
Gal 2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto
- The believer is to live by the faith of the Son of God
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but
Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by
the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.