In 2 Timothy 1:8-10, Paul writes that although grace was available through Jesus before the beginning of time, it wasn’t revealed until after Christmas day.
An analogy, quadrupled.
That’s what Paul says to the people who messed with the Galatians in verses 1-12.
Jesus’ death on the cross, followed by God’s grace, means that we don’t have to follow certain rules to be right with God.
Rather, “[t]he only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (Galatians 5:6b, NIV).
In verses 2-5, Paul explains that he first visited Jerusalem after receiving “a revelation.”
I wonder why God chose this time to connect Paul to the Christian leaders in Jerusalem?
He also explains that his Greek companion, Titus, was under pressure to follow the whole Law.
But because it is grace, not law-keeping, that makes a person right with God, Paul and Titus resisted this false teaching.
What false teachings exist today that are more like law-keeping, less like grace?
In verses 1-6, Paul expresses incredulity at the Galatian church’s willingness to reject the message of Jesus’ grace.
It’s a message of forgiveness for no price higher than a willingness to be honest about our shortcomings.