Saturday 8 April 2017

Galatians: The last word

A helpful thought and some encouragement for anyone preaching through Galatians this year:

“The last sentence of this polemic Epistle is a benediction and the last word is a word of affection, ‘brethren’ [=brothers and sisters]... It takes the sting out of the severity. Thus concludes this Epistle so full of polemical fire and zeal, yet more full of grace – free sovereign grace, justifying sanctifying grace, and full of forgiving love even to ungrateful pupils; an Epistle for the time and an Epistle for all times.”

Philip Schaff, quoted in Philip Schaff, ed., St Chrysostom: Homilies on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, and Philemon, Nicene & Post-Nicene Fathers 13 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1976), 48.