2: Denunciation of the False Gospel (Gal
No other epistle
begins with such force. After a short salutation, Paul immediately confronts
the problem facing the Galatians and denounces preachers of the false gospel.
“But even if we,
or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have
preached to you, let him be accursed” (1:8)
Did You Know…?
1. Galatia (1:2): “The term occurs
three times in the NT. In 2Ti 4:10 the reference is uncertain. In 1Pe 1:1 it
refers to the northern area of Asia Minor
occupied by the Gauls. Here Paul probably uses the term
to refer to the Roman province of Galatia and an additional area to the south,
through which he traveled on his first missionary journey (Ac 13:14-14:23).” 4/1781
Paul was not among the original
twelve apostles. Why does he call himself an apostle?
Why does Paul stress the divine
origin of his apostolic call?
How is the
opening of this letter different from the salutations in Paul’s other
What fundamental Christian
doctrine is found in verse 4?
What does it mean that the Lord
Jesus Christ delivers us from the present evil age?
What clues do you see in this paragraph that convey the great urgency in Paul?
Account for this urgency.
What is the “different gospel”
that had misled the Galatians?
How does this other gospel
pervert the true gospel?
What does Paul call the
preachers of the false gospel (7; cf. 5:10, 12)? Why?
Why should preachers of other
gospels be accursed?
In verse 8, Paul does not
exclude himself from his own curse were he to preach a
different gospel (“even if we…”). What does this tell us about the nature of
the true gospel?
Have you ever encountered a
“different gospel”? What was the message of this gospel?
How do you know which gospel is
the true gospel?
How does Paul’s insistence on
the one true gospel also confirm the teaching that there is only one true
Paul reminds us of an important
attitude in verse 10. What is this attitude and why is this attitude necessary
for the bondservants of Christ?
In what ways do you sometimes
please men rather than God?
How do you resolve the apparent
contradiction between this verse and Rom 15:2 as well as 1Cor 10:33? In what
situations should we please men? In what situations should we not please men?