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...