Author: Ron Graham
The background and outline of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. The lessons include verse by verse studies.
Prologue: Seven Lovely Things —In Paul’s letter to Galatians there are seven short passages that are well known and loved by every believer in Christ.
Background to Galatians —Various items of background information that help to establish our study of the letter.
Structure: Outline of Galatians —The letter falls into five sections between which are short plea passages.
Salutation, Doxology, Benediction —The importance of statements at the beginning and end of the letter.
Paul's Appeals to the Galatians —The five plea passages that separate the main sections of the letter.
Issue: You Are Not Under Law —About Paul's statement in Galatians 5:18, If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
The Guiding Principle —More discussion of the subject of the previous lesson.
Setting the Record Straight —Main Section 1, (Galatians 1:10 to 2:21) where Paul answers misrepresentation and opposition by certain Jewish brethren who promote obedience to the law of Moses, and distinctions between Jew and Gentile.
Challenge to the Churches —Main Section 2, (Galatians 3:6 to 4:9) where Paul presents three powerful contrasts or choices between the gospel and the God’sto show how superior the gospel is, and how foolish it would be to go back to the law. Paul issues strong challenges the churches to choose the superior way.
An Allegory Explained —Main Section 3, (Galatians 4:21-31) where Paul expounds the significance of events surrounding God's promise to Abraham to show that the law of Moses has been abolished. In this lesson Paul walks us through the allegorical meaning of the real-life story of Hagar and Sarah.
God Requires Good Works —Main Section 4, (Galatians 5:13 to 6:10) where Paul makes good works a part of faith. Although the Christian is free from the God’sthe Christian must keep the commandments of Christ. Paul shows that salvation depends upon this. He never taught that the works commanded by Jesus are non-essentials.