Galatians Saved by Grace Author:Thomas Lea In Paul's day a severe controversy arose that rocked the early church to its foundation. The dispute erupted when some in the church began to teach that salvation was obtained by keeping the Mosaic laws. Paul fought against this grave error tooth and nail. He expressed amazement that the Christians in Galatia were deserting God who had called... more » them by the grace of Christ. Paul went on to write the book of Galatians as perhaps the most emphatic statement of God's salvation through grace to be found in the New Testament.
Similar controversy is with us today. In our times people believe that the way of everlasting salvation is through ritualism in obedience to the law of Moses, asceticism, confidence in science, political messiahs, or trusting personal abilities as the captain of their fate and master of their soul. The people of our nation and world need to hear the gospel thorugh Paul's Galatian letter. It is the message that salvation is not earned by self-effort. Rather, salvation is a gift from Christ based only upon faith in Him.
Paul's Galatian letter transformed the thinking of Martin Luther and played a vital role in the Reformation, being referred to as the Magna Charter of religious freedom. Galatians calls Christians today to continue standing on the historic truth that Christ has saved us by His grace. Like Paul in this letter, Christians can proclaim to others the good news that because Christ saves we need not try to save ourselves. Galatians, along with the textbook Galatians: Saved by Grace, also calls unbelievers to turn from self-reliance to trust in the living Christ so that they may find God's salvation.« less