Paul wrote the epistle to the churches of Galatia somewhere between A.D. 49 and 58, making it one of the earliest (and possibly the earliest) of Paul’s epistles. It comes as no surprise that Paul dealt with early issues in the Church, including the relationship of Jews and Gentiles under Christ, justification by faith, and aspects of Christian living. Of course, these topics and other covered in this epistle are still very important in our day, making the study of this book both practical and relevant.
The title “Dead to the Law” is taken from Galatians 2:19, “For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.” This is a key verse and communicates two vital principles. First, the believer separated from the Law of Moses. How and why this is true is the subject of a good portion of the book. Second, as a result, the believer is to live a life separated to God. This is possible only through the Person of Jesus Christ as is expounded in this epistle.
This study will not be a detailed verse-by-verse analysis and is not meant to be exhaustive. Rather, it is designed to whet your appetite with some basic observations and then encourage you to further study the book, which will prepare you to use the material in your daily Christian life. Hopefully, it will also be a help to pastors and teachers for sermon and lesson preparation.
May God bless your efforts in studying this essential epistle.