Galatians

Paul’s ALL CAPS Declaration

Galatians 6:11-12, “See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.” The...

Do Not Give Up

Galatians 6:9-10, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” For several years, I had an...

Bear and Share

Galatians 6:5-6, “For each will have to bear his own load. Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.” In these concluding words, Paul is outlining various responsibilities for the believer who is walking by the Spirit. So far,...

Don’t Be Deceived

Galatians 6:3-4, "For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself....

Gentle Restoration

Galatians 6:1, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should...

The Fruit of the Spirit Is, Part Two

The Fruit of the Spirit Is, Part Two

Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; against such things there is no law.” My roommate and I decorated our college dormitory hallway with pictures of fruit using...

The Fruit of the Spirit Is, Part One

The Fruit of the Spirit Is, Part One

As a parent with young children, it’s no easy feat to get to church on time. This is especially true when it’s also your son’s birthday; you’re trying to keep the house clean for friends coming over later in the day; your spouse has already left for a meeting before...

O Sweetest Exchange in Christ Alone

O Sweetest Exchange in Christ Alone

Galatians 5:2-4,“Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified...

The Yoke that Gives Us Freedom

The Yoke that Gives Us Freedom

Galatians 5:1, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Freedom is certainly a relevant word in our time. It evokes images of armed soldiers fighting with valor and a flag. Or perhaps of people marching...

Cast Out the Slave Master

Cast Out the Slave Master

Galatians 4:28-31, “28 Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29 But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. 30 But what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the...

Why Then the Law?

Why Then the Law?

In the middle of his discussion of the relationship between the Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants, Paul poses the question that his readers—and we—were likely thinking about: “Why then the Law?” If the promise, as Paul stated earlier, had come through Abraham, and Christ...

Abraham’s One Offspring

Abraham’s One Offspring

Galatians 3:15-16, "To give a human example, brothers:  even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified.  Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring.  It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but...

United with Christ

United with Christ

Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20 is a verse many believers know...

Crucified with Christ

Crucified with Christ

Galatians 2:17-21, “But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin?  Certainly not!  For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor.  For through the law I died to the law, so...

I Opposed Him to His Face

I Opposed Him to His Face

Galatians 2:11-13, "But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party....

Do Not Abandon Gospel Freedom and Hope

Do Not Abandon Gospel Freedom and Hope

Galatians 2:1-2, “Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the...

Only God Can Change People

Only God Can Change People

Galatians 1:18-24, “Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days. 19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord's brother. 20 (In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie!) 21 Then I went...

Paul a Man with a Past and Future in Christ

Paul a Man with a Past and Future in Christ

Galatians 1:13-14, “For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it.  And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my...

Christians Live to Please God Alone

Christians Live to Please God Alone

Do you ever read a verse in the Bible and associate it with a particular time in your life? I read certain verses, and I immediately picture myself among a circle of teenagers memorizing Scripture for Sunday school under the encouragement of godly teachers. Or I...

Standing Fast for the Gospel

Standing Fast for the Gospel

Galatians 1:6-9, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even...

To the Churches of Galatia

To the Churches of Galatia

The book of Galatians is one of the finest defenses of the true gospel ever written. In this letter, Paul defends the true gospel against certain agitators who had crept into the Galatian church with the leaven of false gospels that were leading many astray. Paul does...

The Great Grace of Our Lord Jesus

The Great Grace of Our Lord Jesus

“But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as for all who walk by this rule,...

Doing Good to Those of the Household of Faith

Doing Good to Those of the Household of Faith

"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith" (Galatians 6:9-10). While Paul reminds the people of...

Justification and Freedom

Justification and Freedom

Galatians 5:1-6, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accept...

The Testimony of Affliction

The Testimony of Affliction

“You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first,  and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus (Galatians 4:13-14).” Apostle Paul shared the...