Reflection Paper on the Book of Galatians

Topics: New Testament, Jesus, Christianity Pages: 2 (1528 words) Published: October 20, 2014

Abdiel Valerio
10-15-14
BIL-102
Reflection Paul Epistle
Reading Reflection of Galatians
The Apostle Paul writes to the church of Galatia in the book of Galatians to glorify the name of Jesus Christ and explain what He did to save them from sin. He also appeals to Aramaic audiences as well in some cases. In one case, Paul calls Peter “Cephas” which is Aramaic for “stone” which is the same meaning for Peter meaning stone as well in Greek. However, He only calls him Cephas in terms of rebuking him (Galatians 2:11), which is also shown in the other letters in the New Testament that Paul has written as well. Paul also calls God the father as “Abba” which is Aramaic for Father and uses this to show them that they are no longer slaves to old principles they once believed in, but they are now God’s children which signifies their freedom in Jesus. The Church of Galatia has been shown by Paul that the people have accepted freedom by turning to God when they first did not know him, but he is concerned that they will turn back to what they once believed which he states as “weak and miserable” (Galatians 4:9). He addresses issues such as circumcision and acts of the flesh (Galatians 5; 5:13-26). Circumcision is a sign of obligating to the whole law which has been idolized as what must be done to be in a covenant with God. The law also has no redeeming power, but it has brought a curse upon the disobedient, from which Christ redeemed the believers (Galatians 3:19-25) Paul states that in Galatians 5:4, “You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace,” then verse 5:6 goes on to say, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value.” This signifies that through Jesus, it doesn’t matter if you’re circumcised or not, because in the end He will accept you as you are. This is a new teaching to those who have been under the law for so long as well as those learning about Jesus. Another...
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