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New Defender's Study Bible Notes

1:11 gospel. The word “gospel,” both in English and in Greek, means “good news,” not “good works” or “good advice.” It is the good news concerning the person and work of Jesus Christ, with the forgiveness and salvation He provides—not information concerning the divine laws we must keep to be saved, as the men troubling the Galatian churches were teaching.

1:12 revelation. Paul frequently claimed divine inspiration for his own teachings (e.g., I Corinthians 2:13), just as he did for the Old Testament Scriptures (e.g., II Timothy 3:16). There is a strong emphasis here in Galatians on divine inspiration, as it was in I and II Corinthians, because Paul was forced to counter the influence of the false apostles and false teachers who were trying to turn his converts away from “the simplicity that is in Christ” (II Corinthians 11:3).

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