To the young church in Galatia, marred by ethnic and social rivalries, Paul made his great healing declaration of unity through faith in Christ. Abolished were the divisions between Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female. Christians today will also find a healing word addressed to present-day divisions of race, social class and gender. The new community in Christ draws its life not from rules and regulations but from the Spirit who frees and unites us. In this warm, invigorating volume, readers will find helpful background material on the letter's date, destination, purpose, form and theological themes. Unlike many other commentaries on Galatians, the passage-by-passage exposition found here highlights not only the individual dimensions of justification by faith but also its social dimensions.