Randy Johns
February, 21, 2021

“A Sarcastic Salutation” (Galatians 1:1-12) 

The Importance of Galatians: 

1. It defines the nature of the gospel of Jesus.  

2. It describes the pattern of life that Christians should embrace in light of that gospel. 

3. It answers important questions about how Christians should view the Law of Moses in general and circumcision in particular. 

4. It outlines the basis of unity in Jesus and gives instruction on how issues of diversity ought to be handled and how to resolve conflict.  

5. It explains how to live in the grace of Jesus. 

An Outline of the Salutation: 

I. Paul’s Authority Is of Divine Origin (1:1-2) 

II. Salvation Involves Jesus’s Self-Sacrificial Deliverance (1:3-5) 

III. Deserting the True Gospel for a False Gospel (1:6-10) 

IV. Paul’s Gospel Is of Divine Origin (1:11-12) 

Points to Ponder: 

1. No one is immune from the temptation to pervert the gospel.  

2. Any so called gospel that minimizes the Christ is not a gospel of grace.  

3. Verses 3-5 should remind us not to get too comfortable in our present world. 

4. Some things are worth a rigorous defense. 

5. Seek God’s approval above all else.