The Workings Of Christ

1197 WordsMar 30, 20175 Pages
In all of Paul’s writings an array of words are expressed to describe the workings of Christ. In many of these cases thorough exegesis is necessary to understand the true content and application for daily life. One of the heaviest of these words that has caused a large amount of debate throughout history, and one that is imbedded in the book of Galatians, is justification. Nonetheless, the means that individuals receive this form of justice is through faith, and faith alone according to Paul. Faith is the factor of response to the gospel message. The central argument in the Galatian epistle is whether one follows the “works of the law” or has “faith in Jesus Christ.” Paul’s stance here conveys through the works of Jesus Christ, God has…show more content…
The ambiguity of the letter’s destination stems from whether Paul was writing to believers in North or South Galatia. The region of Galatia resides in Asia Minor, commonly known as Turkey today. If this letter was aimed for the Northern district, this epistle was undoubtedly written between Paul’s second and third missionary journeys following the Council of Jerusalem found in Acts 15. Similar speech is given in Galatians 2:1-10 making this opinion plausible. (Porter 2016:187). On the contrary, if the destination was South Galatia, then the letter could have been written much earlier; as early as Paul’s first missionary journey in fact. This would then place the letter prior to the Council of Jerusalem. If the epistle was written at this time, Galatians 2:1-10 could be referencing Paul’s visit to Jerusalem found in Acts 11:27-20 and 12:25 or even a separate meeting not mentioned in Acts (2016:188). The dates of composition will be discussed once the context of the audience is considered. Before the late nineteenth century, many scholars accepted the North Galatia view when minimal archaeological exploration had been done limiting critics to create their assumptions upon literary analysis. The hypotheses vary. One states that Luke never acknowledges Paul’s travel to Lystra and Derbe on the first missionary journey mentioned in Acts 14:6, 20-21 in the letter. Instead, Luke notes Lycaonia which is a different
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