INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE NEW TESTAMENT (CONTINUES)

GALATIANS

GALATIANS–Paul wrote this letter to the Christian churches in the Roman province of Galatia. These churches were being confused by false teachers called Judaizers. These men were teaching the Gentiles Christians that they were not really saved unless they obeyed all the Jewish laws– such as being circumcised, eating special foods, and celebrating Jewish feast days. Paul wrote that we cannot be saved from our sins by obeying the law; we are saved only by believing in Jesus Christ. He also taught that Christians are free to live by the law of love, not the law of Moses.

EPHESIANS

EPHESIANS– was written by Paul while he was in prison in Rome. Probably this letter was sent not just to the church at Ephesus but to all the Christian churches near Ephesus. Ephesus was a large, important city at that time, so it was a natural center for the Christian churches. In this letter Paul wrote about the church– not a church building in a certain place but the church that is made up of all Christians who have ever lived. We called this “the church universal.” Paul wrote that because all Christians are one family in Jesus, they should act with love toward each other.

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