‘A revelation of Jesus Christ’ (1:12): Christ is our Testimony. Christ is our Message. He is the crucified Christ – ‘I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me’. He is the living Christ – ‘I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but […]Read More Journey through the New Testament: Galatians
Galatians 3:23-5:6 ‘God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts’(4:6). The Spirit is not a reward we earn by being good people. The Spirit is God’s gift (Titus 3:5). Paul connects the gift of the Spirit with Christ’s death for us and our faith in Christ(3:13-14). We do not come to God […]Read More “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.”
Two men with the same name – Saul, the first king of Israel, and Saul of Tarsus, the persecutor of Christ and His servants. In both stories, we read of a new man. * In the case of Saul, the first king of Israel, David was the new man. Saul was rejected. He was replaced. […]Read More Saul replaced, Saul transformed
“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
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
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).