The Berean Expositor
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The salutation with which the epistle ends contains one unusual word. In every
salutation made by Paul there are to be found the core as it were of all his greetings
"Grace . . . . . be with . . . . ." Once this is expanded in II Cor. 13: 14 to include the
Trinity, and the salutation of Ephesians make special reference to those that love the
Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity, while II Timothy and Philemon, together with Galatians,
add the words `with my (or your) spirit'; but in the salutation of the epistle to the
Galatians alone the word `brethren' occurs. The word is placed at the very end of the
sentence (not as in the A.V. at the beginning). Apart from `Amen' it is the Apostle's
last word. It seems as though he would remind them that in spite of all his censure, and
in spite of all the trouble they had caused him, they were and always would be `brethren'.
A blessed word with which to end an epistle in which so much felling has been
manifested, and so much error exposed and condemned.
Thus we bring to an end a study that embraces doctrine that lies at the very centre of
the gospel of grace. Its importance cannot be overrated; no one can fully appreciate the
glories of the dispensation of the Mystery who does not whole-heartedly follow Paul in
this great conflict for the truth.
Luther's translation of Galatians was one of the main instruments in promoting the
Reformation, and all who have the responsibility of teaching and preaching are urged to
give this epistle a place in their witness. We feel we cannot do better than end these
studies with the clarion call of Gal. 5: 1:
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not
entangled again with the yoke of bondage."