Galatians Day 10- Father Abraham had many sons…

Father_AbrahamIf you didn’t grow up in church or have never worked in Children’s ministry in the last 50 years or so, then you won’t get what I’m about to ask. Have you ever wondered why Father Abraham had many sons, why many sons had Father Abraham? Have you ever wondered why you are one of them, and so am I? Oh well, Let’s just praise the Lord. Seriously though, does the Bible say that you and I are Abraham’s children? I’m not Jewish. How can that be? Check out today’s verses…

Galatians 3:6-9

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. (7) Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. (8) And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. (9) So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

In verses 1-5 Paul appeals to the Galatians experience to help them understand that they are not made right with God by works but by faith. In today’s verses Paul appeals to scripture. The Legalists that were misleading the Galatians were misinterpreting the old testament using Abraham as an example. So Paul goes right to the Old Testament and talks about Abraham. He quotes Genesis 15:6, where Moses said that Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. The word translated “accounted” means to put into ones account, to impute. The idea is that it wasn’t Abraham’s works that made his account with God balance. It was Abraham’s faith in God that God noticed and to which God responded. Paul goes on to say that in God’s way of thinking it is not being in the lineage of Abraham physically that matters to God. When someone gets right with God the way that Abraham did, by faith, they are blessed in Abraham.

Application:

  • We all have to be made right with God.
  • The two options we have are to try to be right with God by doing things, or by believing God.
  • God has made it clear that we are made right with Him by believing Him. We are made right with God by Faith. That is good news because anyone can have faith. We all put our faith in something.
  • If you’ve never put your faith for your salvation in Jesus Christ, I have to tell you what the Bible says– that’s the only shot you have at being right with God.
  • If you have put your faith in Christ, how about taking a moment today to thank God for this incredible gift?!

You’re Welcome.

Galatians Day 9- It’s All God

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If someone gave you a $100,000,000 home, ranch and estate that would be great right? With a gift like that though comes some responsibility. It takes a lot of money to maintain an estate that large. The person that had the means to give you that estate would have to also help you maintain it as well.

That is a poor illustration of what salvation is like. The most incredible and extravagant gift that we can be given is the gift of salvation. “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God!” We can’t earn earn our salvation on our own, nor could we keep it our own. He has to give us the power to please Him and glorify Him as well.

Paul began churches in Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe. As a church planting missionary he had seen people in these cities come to faith in Christ, experience Holy Spirit lead life change in incredible ways. So when Paul gets to chapter 3 of the book of Galatians he begins to remind the Galatians about how they came to faith in Christ. He uses very strong language because the situation is so dire. They are believing things that change the gospel!

1    O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

Do you not remember what you believed about the death of Jesus? Why would Jesus have to die if you could get right with God on your own?

2    This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?3    Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?4    Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.

Paul calls them to answer this question- If you were Saved by faith, why do you think you have to continue to be saved and grow in God by works? You didn’t do anything to earn your salvation. Why do you think you must do something to keep your salvation?

5    He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Does God respond with good things to our faith or to our works? What is the answer? The hearing of faith!

So how do we apply this text?:

-We don’t just need God for salvation. We need Him for life!
When was the last time you believed that God will give you the victory over sin in your life? When was the last time you asked Him to help you fight sin and believed that he would?

-We need to be grateful for God’s grace, in spite of our sin, in response to our faith.
Thank God for His grace today.

Galatians Devotional- Deliver Us From Evil

Devotion for January 21, 2014

Over the next few weeks we’re going to study the book of Galatians together on this blog. If you know someone who may enjoy doing this study with us, invite them to subscribe to my site.

Here are some quick facts about the book of Galatians to get us started:

  • Author- Apostle Paul

  • Galatians is an Epistle, or letter written by Paul to several churches in the region of Galatia.

  • Paul began churches in this region in Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe.

Ready? Let’s get to it. We’ll start with the first 5 verses today:

Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)

Paul begins by talking about the authority that has been given to him by Christ, and God the Father. Paul didn’t have any authority on His own. The authority he had came from the God who raised Jesus Christ from the dead! He wanted his readers to understand that He wasn’t speaking in his own authority. The following isn’t just his opinion to be considered among the other voices that had been speaking to them.

(2) And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: (3) Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

Grace and peace deal specifically with the gospel-the good news that we can be right with God. The grace of God is what brings the peace with God that every person needs.

(4) Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

This grace and peace that we experience from God through the gospel is given to us by Jesus Christ who gave himself on the cross. Think about the fact that God gives us peace through the violent death and the shed blood of Jesus on the cross for our sins!
Often when we talk about the gospel we speak of its’ eternal effects. Certainly,the peace that is given through the gospel allows us to be able to spend eternity with God. But Paul here speaks of the how it impacts our life now to “deliver us from this present evil world.”

How does the gospel impact our daily life?

  1. Access to God- Because of the gospel we can talk to God every day!
  2. The indwelling Spirit- If you are saved the Holy Spirit lives inside of you convicting of sin and helping you and I to make Godly, Biblical decisions.
  3. Peace- Peace with God gives us the opportunity to have the peace of God. This world certainly is evil. There is so much that brings stress, tension, and conflict.

(5) To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Galatians 1:1-5)

The ultimate end of the gospel is that it brings incredible glory to God. Because of the gospel we can bring glory to God by allowing Him to live through us. By Christ dying on the cross He brought glory to His Father.

Question: How does the gospel impact your every day life?