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Contrasts in Galatians

Chapters 1-2: Personal

Lost in AdamSaved in Christ
All die physically in AdamAll live spiritually in Christ
Another (false) gospelThe genuine gospel
Man’s reasoning 
God’s revelation 

Chapters 3-4: Doctrinal

The curse of deathThe blessing of life
Condemnation by worksJustification by faith
Servants in bondage (defeat)Sons in freedom (victory)
The old covenantThe new covenant
(symbolized by Hagar)(symbolized by Sarah)

Chapters 5-6: Practical

Living in the fleshWalking in the Spirit
Works of the fleshFruit of the Spirit
Falling from graceStanding firm in grace

World or self the object of gloryingThe cross the sole object of glorying

The New Unger’s Bible Handbook, Merrill F. Unger, Revised by Gary N. Larson, Moody Press, Chicago, 1984, p. 513


  • The Expositor, W.R. Nicoll, ed., 3rd Series, Vol. 1, 1885, p. 283,
  • “The Struggle for Christian Liberty in Galatia,” F. Godet
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