“It is no longer I who live,
but Christ who lives in me”.
In the letter to the Galatians, Paul is angry and he did not care who knew it. The evidence for this is clear in the first verse of Chapter three, where Paul states “You foolish Galatians!” Legalistic Jewish-Christians, also known as Judaizers, were stirring up trouble. The Judaizers said that grace plus circumcision equaled right standing. Paul believed only grace, and nothing else, equaled right standing. The Judaizers had twisted the teaching of Jesus. They also cast aspersions on Paul by raising questions as to Paul’s authority. He was not one of the Twelve. The people asked, is Paul a self appointed Apostle? Paul launches into a personal defense to deal with this charge that he is not a real apostle. He goes on to tell the Galatians that he did not receive the gospel from any man, but only by revelation from Jesus Christ. And this revelation has made a profound change in him.
Paul’s words to the Galatians help us to find our own true identity as Christians. Just as Paul said “no” to self and “yes” to Christ, so are we called to empty ourselves of our iniquity and fill ourselves with Christ. Paul is the most excellent example of this. A man who at one time persecuted Christians had allowed Jesus to fill his life – and change him forever.