Galatian Dialectical Journal

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RESEARCH Who is Paul writing to? Paul wrote these letters to the Galatians. Where are they? The Galatians live in Galatia. This country is on the north of Bithynia and Paphlagonia, the east of Pontus and Cappadocia, on the south of Cilicia and Lycaonia, and the west of Phrygia. What is he telling them? Paul is telling them to live the way the Spirit leads them and not do evil things that their sinful self wants. This was evident in the reading, “16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.” He urged the Galatians to…show more content…
“22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control…” Paul described human effort as works of the flesh, but he described the Christian life as the “fruit” or product of the Spirit. How does he feel? What are the feelings in the letter? Paul might feel worried and anxious that the Galatians have lost faith in the Spirit so he is trying to persuade them into not doing sinful things. Paul is concerned about whether or not they still continue to believe in God’s Kingdom as false teachers appeared and told the people to worship other Gods. He is scared that they would waver and give up when troubles arise. Imagine what he had heard or seen that might have made him write about this. What is it? Paul might have heard or seen that the people of Galatians are beginning to lose belief in God so he was motivated to write about this. I think he wrote this letter after knowing that people needed inspiration and a powerful message about the Spirit. The Galatians might have committed some sins and Paul wants them to feel remorseful and regret their actions. Imagine what someone might have asked Paul that caused him to write this letter. What were their

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