Copyright. Rodney A. Thomas Jr., 2009.
Paul, an apostle, not from people nor through people, but through Jesus the Messiah andGod the Father, who raised him from the dead,2.
And with me, all of the brothers and sisters of the Galatian church,3.
Grace and peace to you (plural) from God our Father and the LORD Jesus the Messiah4.
the One who gave up himself on the behalf of our sins, in order to deliver us from theevil of the present age according to the will of God our Father5.
To whom be the glory forever and ever, Amen6.
I marvel because so easily you (plural) are changing from the one who called you in thegrace of the Messiah to a different gospel,7.
Not that it is another one (gospel); there are some men who are confusing you (plural)and one wishing to change the gospel of the Messiah.8.
But, even if an angel from out of heaven should preach a gospel to you (pl.) besides theone which was preached to you, LET HIM! Be cursed.9.
I said it before and again I say, if anyone should preach a gospel besides the one you havereceived, LET HIM! Be cursed.
The Pauline TraditionIn the original Greek of Galatians 1:1-4, the noun
appears as an adjectival noun in thegenitive form three times after the term for God/divinity,
The apostle Paul wants to
emphasize parental relationship as the essence of God’s being to the Galatian church. Paul issetting up his audience to show them that as God’s Son, Jesus the Messiah has made a way for
the Judeans and the citizens of other nations to become one family. However, the Sonship of Jesus is not explicitly delineated here; it is the fact of his Messiahship that Paul wants to contendfor in these first nine passages of his letter.Jesus, as the Chosen One (Messiah), has been sent from God the Father with a mission. Theproclamation of this mission is what Paul refers to as,
or to preach the Good News.
The Gospel is an event, the sending of the Messiah from the Father’s house to rescue us from the
evil of this age (1:4). Prior to Jesus the Messiah being delivered up on the cross by the Father forthe liberation of us from our sins, the present evil must have power of our humanity; thus, that
power had to be overcome by God the Parent through God’s Son, Jesus of Nazareth.
s that as the calling of an apostle, therefore, is to be “sent by Jesus to proclaim the
gospel, and in the very act of proclaiming this good news the apostle believes that the eventproclaimed is actually occurring and that the power of God is flowing through the apostle to
achieve the purposes of God.”
(Braxton 2002,58). In other words, just as we cannot separate