|2 Sam. 21
|2 Sam. 22
|2 Sam. 23
|2 Sam. 24
|1 Kings 1
|1 Kings 2
|1 Kings 3
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Galatians is an incredibly personal book where the Apostle Paul is seeking to do just one thing: prevent the believers in Galatia from putting their hope in obedience to the law God gave the Jews. He teaches them theologically why this is contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ, insisting that it leads only to condemnation. But he also attempts to motivate them in other ways. He defends himself from false accusations. He appeals to the authority of the rest of the church holding his position as well. He reminds them that he was the first one to teach them the Gospel and that they were joyful to receive that news. He reminds them of the love they had for him and how much he still loves them. He strongly criticizes those who are misleading them, pointing out their wicked motives. When the Gospel itself is being corrupted, Galatians is an example of how to respond.
One of the challenges Galatians raises is how to understand the place of obedience in the life of a Christian. In Galatians 2:20, the answer is that even our obedience in this life is dependent on faith and the work God has done for us. We are tempted, just as the Galatians, to think that obedience to simple commands such as circumcision or baptism is the reason we are safe. But Paul goes all the way back to Abraham and shows how his salvation came not through obedience to the law, but through faith in the promise God gave him.
Have you ever wondered why we Gentiles sing, “Father Abraham had many sons… I am one of them”? Galatians 3:7 gives us the answer when it says, “It is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.” To sing this song is to proclaim not that you are circumcised or keep the law. Rather, it is to proclaim your faith in Jesus Christ.
VERSE TO MEDITATE ON
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
HOW TO PRAY
- Adoration – God, You are love. The sacrifice of Your Son was and is the greatest proof of love this world has ever heard!
- Confession – Yet I have so little love for others, Father.
- Thanksgiving – Thank You for the book of Galatians that shakes me up and forces me to look to You by faith.
- Supplication – Please bring others into our church, new sons of Abraham from among the unbelievers, and help me to love them.