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Paul's Letters - When And Where Written

There is little firm internal evidence to help us to determine when and where the apostle wrote this letter. At some point disturbing news reached him that many linked with the churches in Galatia were being led astray by teachers who had come from Jerusalem. It may be that the letter was written during his long stay at Ephesus (Acts 19:8-10). The apostle reminds the Galatians of his infirmity of the flesh, and despite this, how they received him as an angel of God. Indeed, they would have plucked out their own eyes, and given them to him (4:13-15).

The news regarding the defections in Galatia is most likely to have reached the apostle at Ephesus, shortly after his second visit to Galatia. There are certain points of similarity between this letter and the one written to the Romans, and some commentators are of the view that both letters were written from Corinth and about the same time. The fundamental truth of justification by faith, and not by the works of the law, is emphasized in both letters. On a personal note, the apostle drew attention of the Galatians to the large letters, or size of the characters, in which he wrote with his own hand (6:11).

As a postscript to this letter, the apostle adds the poignant note, "From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear branded on my body the marks of Jesus" (6:17). He refers to the scars of the wounds made upon the body of a slave by the branding-iron, by which he was marked as belonging to his Master. This is one of the few instances when the apostle uses the title Jesus. Paul bore in his body the scars of the wounds suffered for the sake of Jesus, and these marks testified to whom he belonged.