Galatians 1:1-2 (JDV)
Galatians 1:1 Paul, a missionary1 – not sent from humans or by a human, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised him from the dead –
Galatians 1:2 and all the brothers who are with me: To the congregations2 of Galatia.
Galatians is a letter that reveals a conflict – a contest between Paul and his missionary band and certain within the Galatian congregations that resented them. Much of the letter consists of Paul defending the work of his team – particularly the gospel they had preached. Paul begins by pointing out that his credentials are from Jesus himself. Any missionary who is sent carries with him or her the authority of the sending agency. In this case, the sending agency is heaven. The sender is Christ.
Lord, thank you for sending your very best to teach us your gospel. May we always treat your missionaries with respect.