The Apostle Paul gives us a running list of the persons he travels with and meets. He also gives us a name from our Faith lineage. Here they are and why they are important to us in our study of Galatians.
BARNABAS: We first meet Barnabas in the book of Acts chapter 4 there he is described as a Levitical Jew from of Cyprus and is called the son of encouragement. Later in Acts 9 he intercedes for Paul introducing him to the church leaders in Jerusalem. Still later Barnabas accompanies Paul on his speaking journeys and reports back to the leaders in Jerusalem what God is doing in the lives of the gentiles (Acts 11, 12, and 13). It is through Barnabas that we see the freedoms God has given Jewish believers.
TITUS: Galatians is our first meeting of Titus. Titus is a Greek convert to Christianity, who began to preach the gospel with Paul 2Corinthians 8:23. He is described as being earnest 2Corinthians 8:16. Titus also serves as the pastor in Crete. Paul also writes a personal letter to him, which we have as the book of Titus. It is in Titus that we begin to see the freedoms that God has given the non-Jews believers.
JAMES: The brother of Jesus, who became a leader in the church after the resurrection of Jesus. There is a legend that James the brother of Jesus was called camel knees, because he spent so much time in the temple praying.
PETER (CEPHAS): The Apostle Peter became the central figure in the early church. One may recall that it was Peter who preached the sermon on Pentecost Sunday that brought three thousand to Jesus.
JOHN: Is generally considered to be the youngest disciples and is part of Jesus’ inner circle, as in Peter, James and John. John also is one of the early pillars of the young church.
ABRAHAM: Is known as the Friend of God. He also is the Father of faith for Jews, Arabs, and Christians. Abraham trusted God and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:6 Abraham is important to us because His belief in God predates the Law.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 (NIV)