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Paul's scribe

Paul Uses a Scribe

The book of Galatians was probably Paul's first letter which was written approximately Oct—March AD49.

AD49 — Galatians 6:11–18 which happened about Acts 14-??-??

Some believe that Paul found it hard to write. He had had a hard life, with many injuries from persecutions. However, scribes were frequently used in those times, even by the educated. For whatever reason, Paul dictated his letters to a scribe.

For the book of Romans Paul's scribe was Tertius. See Romans 16:22: "I, Tertius, the one writing down this letter, greet you in the Lord."

Background Reading:

Doing Good to All

6 Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, 5 for each one should carry his own load.6 Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Not Circumcision but a New Creation

11 See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!

12 Those who want to make a good impression outwardly are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Not even those who are circumcised obey the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your flesh. 14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. 16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God.17 Finally, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.
Galatians 6:11–18

More Information:

Paul was chosen by God to carry His name, perhaps because of Paul's past history of persecuting those who believed in Jesus.

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