Galatians 5:1-6; Luke 11:37-41
Our first lesson this evening is but a small portion of a letter Paul wrote to the churches at Galatia. I liken it to walking in on a serious conversation being had by two friends at a crucial moment and wondering how they arrived at that point. The phrase that gets my attention is: “You who want to be justified by the law have cut yourselves off from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.” From the sound of Paul’s deliberate tone, this conversation is a difficult one. Scholars note that of all Paul’s letters, Galatians cuts to the chase straight out of the gate. What is going on in these churches that requires such urgent frankness?