The Book of Galatians explained with illustrations
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This video explores the main ideas and flow of thought through the Book of Galatians.

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30 thoughts on “Read Scripture: Galatians

    • Your sarcastic remark clearly shows you don’t believe Trump is born again, (please don’t try to backpedal…). You are in no position to say who is Christian and who is not. If trump claims to be a Christian, walks and talks like a Christian, than who are you to say otherwise? If he is faking, then that is between him and the Lord and nobody else. And I am curious… if he “looks like a Christian”, what on earth do you need to see to be convinced? Doesn’t every Christian “look” like a Christian?

    • sashagooch
      Then the works of the Roman Catholic Church is the crusades and slavery and pedophilia and 800 dead babies in Taum, Ireland. Faith Christ alone justifies and removes all sin.

    • sashagooch going back to your comment awhile back about Abraham being justified by works for being prepared to sacrifice his own son, the time between the statement that he was considered righteous and the time he actually followed through was about 14 years? was Abraham saved during this time that he did nothing and acted by faith? I think he was. Paul and James stand together unless one believes there is a contradiction. Paul says we are saved by faith apart from works and James says we are saved by faith and works, which is it? Paul is addressing people that point to their obedience to law as their justification and James is addressing those that say they only need faith but notice James 2:14-15 he talks about not giving food and clothes, or he uses Abraham as an example. None of these deeds cause your salvation nor are they a Torah specific law, they simply bear out true faith. Paul says we are saved by faith *unto* Good works and James agrees here.

    • Faith and works is accomplished by the person of Jesus Christ…he is the author and the finisher of our faith and I believe that works are something that reflect our faith in Christ, it is by declaring Christ work on the cross rather than our individual works that we have “faith and works”.

      time to lean on the performance of Christ and not our own… because the Gospel is all about Jesus..He gets the glory !

  1. Nauw that is what you called a clear explanation of the word which can only be done through the Holy spirit of God. I pray that God will continue to give you guys more wisdom of Hid word. to explaine to people like me. God bless.

  2. Sabbath is part of Ten commandments, we should observe it, not observe sunday. The Catholic church change the solemnity to sunday. The endurance of saints will be based upon keeping God’s commandments (all of them) and loyalty to Christ, please read the ending of chapter 12 and 14 in the Book of revelations.

  3. The presumptions and misunderstandings in this presentation of Galatians and of Christ’s purpose are saddening. The Law (God’s Law) is a mirror to show us our sinfulness (James 1:23), sin is the transgression of the Law (1 John 3:4), we are not justified in the Law because we can not become sinless, except by the Grace of God, through Jesus Christ. No correct translation of the passages used in this video, uses the word “Torah”, but rather “Law”, from the Greek “Nomos”, which can refer to any ordinance or law. Christ’s death did away with the “ordinances” that were “against” us (Colossians 2:14), not the ENTIRE Law of God presented in the Torah. Jesus said that he came to “fulfill” the law (Matthew 5:17)( “Fulfill”, from the Greek “pleroo” ,meaning “to cause to abound,” or “to carry into effect or realisation”). Jesus said that no part of the Law will ever pass away (Matthew 5:18). Faith without works is dead (James 2:14). The explanation given in this video would seem to suggest that the 10 commandments are no longer in effect as well (which I doubt anyone would agree with). Through the Grace of God and the Justification through the blood of Jesus Christ we are made new and forgiven our trespasses (of the Law)(which is the Law of Love) (God is Love) ( Therefore, God’s Perfect Law of Love [James 1:25]). So to sum it up…..we are forgiven by God for breaking his everlasting and unchanging Laws, and are able to become more like Him through the working of His Holy Spirit within us. The change being…that we keep all of his Laws (both outwardly and inwardly). To be more like Christ (ie. God) who is sinless and doesn’t break any portion of the Law. Christ did away with man made ordinances that were contrary to his Law of Love. Jesus showed us this through his life and interactions with the Jewish leaders of his day. It just saddens me to think that so many Christians are not truly comprehending the importance of the Law and that the law is just an expression of God and His Love. If we Love God, we WILL keep his commandments (John 14:15). God bless anyone who reads this, and I’ll be praying for you all.

    BTW. I typically enjoy these Bible Project Videos.Keep up the good work!

  4. I have a question, if Jesus summarized the commandments as “love God first and your neighbor second,” then what happens to the 4th commandment? Is it included as to love God first, is it not included, or do we not keep it since Jesus fulfilled the law?

    • Hello Selostian. Check out my comment below. Jesus fulfilling the law means that he made it abound even more (not end or do away with). Jesus showed the intentions of love that are behind the law. The law is not harsh or cruel, but resembles God’s love. The 4th commandment is the only one that begins with the word “remember”, meaning that we shouldn’t forget. It is also a day that God says is is “holy” “blessed” and “hallowed” (Exodus 20: 8-11). It is also the only commandment that includes God’s personal seal (His title “God”, and his name “Lord”). The Sabbath existed prior the the ten commandments, as it was created in the beginning at creation, God rested the 7th day. Jesus kept the Sabbath, and so did all of his disciples and all of the early Christians. Jesus said that not 1 jot or tittle will pass away from the law (Matthew 5:18). The 7th day Sabbath (4th commandment) was always kept and honored by Christians until Roman Emperor Constantine instituted Sunday as the new Sabbath in the year AD321. The Catholic Church continued with the “new” Sabbath, and that man made tradition carried into most of the protestant churches as well. God never said to end or change His holy day. The Devil is good at creating confusion and deception. I encourage you to continue in the Word and pray for discernment. I hope that this helped. God bless.

  5. Love this!

    Question: why are you guys rendering the 2:16 phrase as “Faith of Jesus” rather than “Faith in Jesus”? I can tell a couple modern translations are on board (ISV/Aramaic Bible In Plain English) but all other non-KJV translations render it “Faith in Jesus”

  6. I love the bible project videos!They’re marvelous and truly unique way to summarize each book of the bible I watch each day an hour of your videos or at least 7 videos *which I like to call my daily 7 bible project videos I watch a day) Thanks so much for your videos may God bless you!😃

  7. In one of your videos you studied and presented the meaning of the word SHEMA. It means “to listen and also OBEY”. Apparently this IDEA is also applicable in Galatians. We are justified by faith that actually WORKS. Paul was not saying “just have faith” as much as he is CONDEMNING just work and not have faith. He is clarifying instead:

    For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith WORKING through love. (Galatians 5:6)

    This actually echos what James wrote: In the same way, faith by ITSELF, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead (Jas. 2:17).

    Which of course first came out from the mouth of our Lord: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.” (Matthew 7:21)

    Faith according to Paul actually includes ACTIONS or more aptly put, our response to the assent of faith. There is no dichotomy.

    I would also like to point that as you presented in earlier videos, when Paul talks about the Law he was indeed referring to the 613 Mosaic laws 🙂 That’s all, God bless guys

  8. Just because people want to follow the Torah, as a means to grow closer to God and be set apart. does not automatically mean they think the Torah is what saves them. You can want to follow the Torah, whilst realising it is not what saves you, but it is a great guild to living your life, in dedication to God. Yeshua, did not die, that we may sin freely , for example, he celebrated the Sabbath on Saturday, yet Christians on the Sunday, though Yeshua came to full-fill the law and pin it to the cross, he didnt say lets stop going to sabbath on sat did he, or that we should change it. Yeshua came to pin the Torah to the cross, but not the ten commandments. – i say, if you want to follow the culture of Yeshua, and try to honour God by following the law, as Yeshua came to fullfil, then you should feel encouraged to, and perhaps that is how you can focus your Sabbaths, by trying to follow the Torah, and yet thanking Yeshua that you are not accountable to it, in christ.

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