Thursday, April 17, 2014
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26 )
We are sons of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The law is no longer our tutor.
God the Holy Spirit is now our tutor.
He gives us the faith to believe in Christ Jesus.
He tutors us all through our life.
Salvation is from faith to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are all baptized into Christ.
We died together with Him.
We live together with Him.
Our commitment is to put on Christ.
We are one in Christ.
There is now no distinction between the Jewish Christians and the Gentile Christians.
There is now no distinction between the free men and those who are servants or slaves.
There is now no domination of the men over the women.
In Christ Jesus, we are one body.
We are one in Christ.
And we are Abraham's seed.
And we are heirs according to the promise.
All of grace.
Not by the works of the law.
But through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, alone!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed. (Galatians 2:11)
The apostle Peter came to the Gentile Christians in Antioch.
The apostle Paul confronted the apostle Peter because he was to be blamed.
Before certain Jewish Christians came from Jerusalam, he would eat with the Gentile Christians.
But when they came, he withdrew and separated himself.
He feared those who insisted on the rite of circumcision for salvation.
And the rest of the Jewish Christians followed him.
Even Barnabas was led astray with their hypocrisy.
What the apostle Peter did was wrong.
He was not honest about the truth of the Gospel.
He had compromised it with the tradition of men.
By His action, he had led many Christians astray.
Salvation is by grace through faith.
No more and no less.
No compromise and no excuse needed!
What we have to do is to be honest about the Gospel of God,
And we insist on explaining the whole truth of God in love!
The apostle Paul confronted Peter before everyone else.
The apostle Peter had shown favoritism toward the Jewish Christians.
He had separated himself from the Gentile Christians.
He had put a stumbling block before the Gentile Christians.
He had exalted the Jewish Christians.
He had compelled the Gentile Christians to live like the Jewish Christians!
Whether we are Jews or Gentiles, we are all saved by faith in Jesus Christ.
We are saved because we have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Circumcision is nothing; uncircumcision is nothing.
What counts is a true faith in the living God!
The Jewish Christians was given the Law.
They were commanded to keep the Law.
But history showed us that they had failed miserably!
Whether we are Jews or Gentiles,
We have all failed and fall short of the Glory of God.
By the works of the law no flesh shall be justified!
No! Not one!
Salvation is by grace through faith.
No man-made rule or tradition is needed
Not even the Jewish circumcision!
Friday, April 4, 2014
Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead), and all the brethren who are with me,
To the churches of Galatia: Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Galatians 1:1-5)
The letter to the Galatians was written by Paul.
Paul was an apostle.
The apostles were the early followers of the Lord Jesus Christ who carried the Christian message into the world. They preached the gospel, or the Word of God.
An apostle is not from men nor through man. No man can appoint himself or others as an apostle. Apostleship is a gift of God.
Apostleship is conferred by God the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ. God the Father had raised the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, and the work of spreading the Word of God was given to the apostles.
The apostle Paul included his brethren in his letter. It is a good practice to emphasise teamwork and unity among Christians.
The letter to the Galatians was a secular letter to the churches in Galatia.
The apostle Paul greeted the Galatian Christians with the grace and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. All good things come from God, and it is always a good practice to admit our dependence and submission to God.
Galatian 1:3-5 deserves our attention: "our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen".
Grace and peace are given through our Savior Jesus Christ. God the Father sacrificed His Son to save us from the present evil age. The Lord Jesus Christ gave Himself up willingly for our sins. He died for our sins on the cross at Calvary.
Salvation belongs to the LORD. Glory be to God forever and ever. Amen.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1)
In 2 Corinthians 6:16, We are told that we are the temple of the living God. God will dwell in us, and walk among us. He will be our God, and we shall be His people.
We are the dwelling place of God. We are His living temple. God lives and moves among us.
This is serious business. We are to get ourselves ready.
We are to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. Nothing stands between us and God. Nothing hinders our relationship with God. Christ has reconciled us with His Father.
Nothing separates us from the love of God. We are to honor God by living a holy and righteous life. We are to live according to the Word of God, and be a light of God to the world and our family and friends.
We are to obey God and fear Him only. We are to keep God's commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
We are to please God and do His biddings.
We are to worship God and God alone. Nothing else matters.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Words do not have to be many to be meaningful.
The Lord’s Prayer is one of the shortest and most memorable of all Jesus' teachings.
The Lord's Prayer brings help and healing.
It reminds us that :
God is our heavenly Father.
God's power is at work on earth, just as it is in heaven.
God provides food, forgiveness, and fortitude for each day.
All honor and glory belong to Him.
There is nothing in our past, present, and future that is not included in our Lord’s brief words that help and heal.
It is easy to speak many words and give little thought to the things we say.
Let us rather spend more time meditating on God and His words.