He says it all in one sentence:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, Galatians 1:3-4
Christ’s death was not accidental. God is not aloof from our condition. God’s solution is to build a bridge between Himself and those willing to draw near is simple: “Grace and Peace!” The bridge is anchored in Grace, a radical spirituality found nowhere else on planet Earth, except one: the Jewish Old Testament Scriptures. Paul demonstrates this “New Testament” Grace is a great explosion of “Old Testament” Grace.
But people don’t want “grace” from God, and the massive implications of freedom it brings. Within a dozen years after the death of Jesus (33 AD), efforts were underway to alter his revolutionary words with restrictive and religious laws, and Paul is fighting mad about it! He spares no words denouncing such attempts to hijack the simple “Grace and Peace” of Jesus into a man-made religion with arbitrary rules.
Discover the freedom of “primitive” Christianity. Paul’s audacity and boldness is clear evidence that this book records “clean Christianity”, or the Christianity established by Jesus Christ. It’s all here in this book, called “Galatians”.
- Teaching on Galations 1:1-11 (Keith McCallum).
- Audience discussion and comments about common objections to “Grace” (Kyle McCallum/Jon Hakes).
- Short movie comparing legalistic religious leaders with drug dealers (Parental Warning: some explicit lyrics from “The Pusher”).
- Interview with a Russian Baptist concerning “legalistic Christianity” (Alex Avdyev/Kyle McCallum/Keith McCallum/John Hakes).