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Greetings, everyone! Hope everyone has been doing well since we finished up Proverbs in April. So now, back to business starting in Galatians.

Verse 1: “Paul, an apostle (not sent from men, nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead),”

Anyone who has been using email, Facebook, Twitter, or any other technological communications has probably seen the scam emails…you know, the ones sent from “Nigerian officials” asking for a small sum of money to help transport larger sums of money for them, with a promise of financial reward? Many times, people have been swindled by these “high ranking officials” by giving them their financial information; unfortunately, all that happens is they wind up being poorer for the experience, literally, as they become the victims of identity theft. Part of the con game here is that these email authors pass themselves off as genuine-sounding figures of authority.

Among the problems Paul was facing in Galatia was an attack by the Judaizers, claiming he was not a genuine apostle. Paul immediately addresses that in his letter’s introduction: he was not sent by men nor by an agency of man. He was sent by the one and only Jesus Christ (God the Son) and God the Father; Paul had personally met Jesus on the Damascus Road. Paul later in the letter continues the rebuttal to the Judaizers’ groundless claims that he was not a genuine apostle.

In this day and age of “is it real or is it fake”, it’s comforting to know that Jesus Christ is the one and only Messiah, who died for our sins and rose again, triumphant over death and sin.

Something to think about today.

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