GALATIANS - A Verse-by-Verse Commentary

by Thomas W. Finley

Galatians – Outline of the Book

Chapter One – The gospel of grace

  • Introduction - 1:1-5
  • The gospel of grace distorted - 1:6-10
  • Paul defends his ministry – 1:11-24

Chapter Two – Paul’s defense of grace in personal experience

  • Paul’s second visit to Jerusalem – 2:1-10
  • Cephas opposed by Paul for the truth of the gospel – 2:11-16
  • Paul’s testimony: He lives by the life of Christ, not by law – 2:17-21

Chapter Three - The supremacy of faith over law

  • Works of law contrasted with the Spirit by faith – 3:1-5
  • The example of Abraham – 3:6-14
  • The law contrasted with life and sonship in Christ – 3:15-29

Chapter Four – Law superseded by the Spirit

  • Now sons and no longer slaves – 4:1-7
  • Do not return to bondage to the elemental things - 4:8-11
  • Paul’s personal appeal – 4:12-20
  • Two covenants representing bondage and freedom – 4:21-31

Chapter Five - Living in freedom by the Spirit

  • Seeking righteousness through law contrasted with grace living – 5:1-6
  • Living in freedom means living by the Spirit to love one another - 5:7-15
  • The flesh and the Spirit – 5:16-26

Chapter Six – Sowing to the Spirit

  • Sowing and reaping – 6:1-10
  • Closing remarks stressing the cross of Christ and the new creation – 6:11-18


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And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart" (Jer. 29:13, NASB)