Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead), 2 and all the brethren who are with me,
To the churches of Galatia:
3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. —Galatians 1:1-5.
In his greeting to the churches of Galatia, Paul stresses that his apostleship is God-given, and reminds them immediately of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. One of the characteristics of an apostle is that he has seen the risen Lord personally. Paul wishes them God’s grace and peace. He reminds them that the basis of blessing is that Christ has died for our sins to ‘deliver us from this present evil age’. This was always in God’s will and for His glory. [The Bible Panorama.]