“No one can ever buy back another person or pay God a ransom for his life” (Psalm 49:7). What no-one else could ever do for us, God has done for us – “… the Son of Man came … to give His life as a ransom for many people” (Mark 10:45). “God forbid that I should […]Read More What no-one else could ever do for us, God has done for us.
Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 2:2; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20; Galatians 6:14 Paul was no silent disciple, no half-hearted follower of Jesus. He was not ashamed of his Lord. He was glad to say, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith” (Romans […]Read More Learning from the Apostle Paul
Galatians 6:11-18 “God forbid that I should glory … ” (Galatians 6:14). This is more than “I will never boast … “ Who says, “I will never boast”? Remember Peter. He said this, and, then, he denied the Lord three times. “God forbid … ” is a prayer for God’s help. It’s not an assertion […]Read More “God forbid that I should glory … ” (Galatians 6:14).
In Galatians 3:14, we read about “receiving the promise of the Spirit through faith.” What does this mean? It may be helpful to think, first, about what it doesn’t mean. We must never think of the Holy Spirit as a reward that is given to us because we have faith – the more faith we […]Read More The Holy Spirit – God’s Gift, Not His Reward
* The love in us comes from the love of God. * The joy in us comes from the joy of God. * The peace in us comes from the peace of God. … The God of love, the God of joy, the God of peace … Without God, there can be no love in […]Read More “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace …” (Galatians 5:22-23).
Galatians 1:1-2:10 ‘A revelation of Jesus Christ’(1:12) – This is what the Gospel is all about. Christ is the Gospel. Without Him, there is no Gospel. What was Paul’s testimony? What did he preach to others? – God ‘was pleased to reveal His Son in order that I might preach Him…’ (1:15-16). We have no […]Read More Keeping Christ at the centre
Galatians 1:1-12 “The Gospel” came to Paul “by a revelation of Jesus Christ” (Galatians 1:11-12). This was important for Paul – and it’s important for us. Our faith has come to us from above, from God. It doesn’t come from ourselves. It is given to us by God. At the heart of our faith is […]Read More Our faith has come to us from above, from God.