…and all the brothers and sisters with me. To the churches in Galatia…
Thoughts for Today:In Paul’s introductory greeting to the Galatians, he mentions “all the brothers and sisters with me.” Although Paul was the composer of the letter, he was not alone in stating and setting forth its doctrinal components. In other words, there was a giant “amen” of agreement coming from the many brothers and sisters who were aware of and concerned about what Paul was to share with the Galatians.
There is also another interesting point to note in our passage today: Paul uses the plural “churches” in addressing the Galatians. We can therefore surmise this was a letter to be circulated within a region and not simply to a city.
The way Paul introduced himself (an Apostle appointed by God not by man), and the support he had of the Christian leadership and community in general (all the brothers and sisters with me), indicates that some very important information was about to be provided. He would be speaking authoritatively, plainly, and directly to the point. And perhaps most important – he expected the entire region to immediately make adjustments to bring it into alignment with his instructions.
Questions to Ponder:Sometimes we read biblical instruction or doctrine and take it too casually, perhaps as if it is intended for someone else and not us personally. Paul’s instructions are not just for the people of Galatia – they are for us today as well. How well do you observe biblical precepts and instructions? What adjustments do you need to make?