Paul was writing to people in Galatia to correct false teaching about the gospel. The timing of this letter is probably between
Acts 14 and 15. His self-defense was for the gospel, it was not personal.
Paul’s defense included a story about Peter. At one point even Peter started to slide toward the legalists!
A familiar theme is developing, “no one is justified by the (good) works of the law.” Standing with God is through Christ alone.
This has two parts…
There need not be tension between justification and sanctification. Both are a reality since believers are in Christ and the
Spirit of Christ is in the believer. Are we cooperating with this work of God?