Summary: Galatians is possibly the most misunderstood letter that Paul (Sha
UNDERTSANDING GALATIANS – AN OVERVIEW OF PAUL’S MESSAGE
Blessed be Yahweh our Elohim, who has given us abundant life in Yahshua the Messiah, amen! Shabbat Shalom to you all and welcome. I am going to share with you tonight some great insight into understanding a book or letter that has, in many ways, often been misunderstood and has, in essence, left us at times confused. It is the letter to the Galatians by Paul. In light of what we as a fellowship have been going through over the past few weeks and months – having spoken about Torah and Grace, living the Married life and reviewing the Marriage vows etc – it is very fitting to bring you great insight into Galatians, helping us understand what Shaul (Paul) is really saying. Galatians is a letter that is often very quickly turned to in order to seemingly defend the right ‘not to walk in the Torah or Law of Elohim’. My message tonight is called, “Understanding Galatians – an overview of Shaul’s/Paul’s message.” Let us pray…
Shaul/Paul, at times, wrote in a way that was often hard to understand; Peter spoke of this in:
2 Peter 3:15-16 “Bear in mind that YHWH’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that Elohim gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.”
The heart of what I want to address tonight is the issue of ‘law’. What is Paul teaching – did he keep it or didn’t he – did he teach it or didn’t he? Did his teachings go against what Yahshua taught or was he teaching what Yahshua taught?
Yahshua said in Matthew 5:18 that until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law or Torah until all has been accomplished! That is very straight forward – the new heaven and earth is not here yet, so nothing has disappeared! But on the outset, as many have so erroneously taught today, it appears that Paul is contradicting the very words of Yahshua by saying it is all gone and is old – we do not need to follow it. But is that really what Paul was saying, you must ask yourself, or was he simply a brilliant Torah teacher?
One thing we must realise is that we must never give up studying the Scriptures, seeking the correct interpretation of any given passage. In Paul’s writings there are terms such as ‘under the law, observance of the law, or ‘the works of the law’ etc and I want to shed some much needed light on these. Paul, in fact, warned that in the last days a spiritual delusion will come over the saints of Yahweh and many will fall away from Scripture and turn to a ‘Lawless’ or rather ‘Torahless’ gospel message referred to as the ‘mystery of iniquity’. Let us read 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12…