Many of us are tempted to add something to the gospel in order to be good Christians. Perhaps it’s political party affiliation—in order to be a “good Christian” you must be a Republican or a Democrat. Perhaps it’s economic status—some say that “good Christians” should be wealthy; others claim that “good Christians” should choose poverty.
Some Jewish Christians in Galatia, a region in Asia Minor, wanted to add the Law of Moses to faith in Christ. These so-called Judaizers taught that following the Law was essential to pleasing God. The apostle Paul knew that the church he planted was in danger. The message of the gospel itself was at stake.
Paul’s direct rebuke and stern admonitions of “foolish Galatians” must have come as a shock. In Christ, they were to live in the freedom and grace of Christ by the Holy Spirit, not bound by the rules of the Law.
Today’s American Christians live far from the first- century Galatians, but we still need to hear Paul’s admonitions. Often we are tempted to add rules and boast in our good works. As we study Paul’s passionate appeal to Galatians this month, we pray we’ll enter into freedom and love of Christ. Thank you for studying the Scriptures with Today in the Word!