Welcome back to Week 2 in the Book of Galatians!
The daily reflections you have shared out on Instagram and Facebook have been wonderful! They are such an encouragement! If you missed those discussions – I hope you will join us this week. They are so helpful!
Here are the links to last week’s posts on the blog, in case you missed any of them:
- Intro and Resources for Galatians Week 1
- Legalism Does Not Make You Holy – It Just Makes You *Appear* Holy
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This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
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Before Paul knew Jesus, he thought he was saved through following the law. Then he realized the law made him guilty because he could not keep it. It was Christ’s death on the cross that saved him from the law and his own sin. His new life was now lived in faith rather than by following the law. This faith was not in himself or his good works but in the son of God, who loved him and gave himself for him.
Jesus demonstrated his love for us when he paid the penalty for our sin on the cross. Now we live under a new and better law – the law of grace! We have a special union with Christ – because he lives in us. Our love for the world and our fleshly desires have been crucified with him. In what areas of your life do you need to be reminded of God’s love and grace? And in what areas of your life do you need to live more by faith?
Paul used strong language when he questioned the Galatians as to why they were being so foolish as to lean on their works of the law rather than their faith in Jesus. He reminded them of their heritage and how it was Abraham’s faith that made him righteous. Abraham faithfully obeyed God by leaving his home and going where God led him. He was even willing to give up his own son and yet this was not what made him righteous. It was his faith. Abraham was not righteous – he was a sinner. But God counted him as righteous because of his faith.
The law was given to reveal our sin. Salvation has always been by faith alone. But like Abraham, our faith is revealed by our obedience to God. Abraham was called to give up his home and land. What have you had to give up, in order follow the Lord? How has your faith been revealed through the way you have followed God?
Paul continues to explain how those who live under the law will fail to keep it and as a result they will be cursed. But Christ has redeemed us from the curse, by becoming the curse for us. He bore our sins on the cross. And so, we rely on Jesus for our salvation rather than our works — because the righteous will live by faith.
There are a lot of people who practice religious traditions, such as going to church on Sundays, praying before meals, giving to the poor, or even reading portions of scripture out loud. While all of these are good things, they do not save us. If they are not done out of sincere faith, then they are simply external good works. True faith is internal. God looks at the motives of our heart. Are there any spiritual practices you are doing right now that are done more out of habit than faith? Ask the Lord to change your heart and help you live more by faith.
The law held them captive and imprisoned them. It revealed all of their sins and flaws. But when Christ came, they were set free through their faith in him. They became sons of God with a unique unity between races, nations, economic levels and gender. God erased the dividing lines and made them all sons of God.
In the family of God, there is no room for discrimination based on our differences. We are to treat everyone equally. Jesus has united us all through our faith in Christ. Yet, we live in a day in age when we are easily divided by our race, our political differences, our economic differences and our gender. Until Christ returns, we are called to strive for unity inside the church based on our faith alone. Is there an area in your life where you are struggling with discrimination? What can you do to live more united with your brothers and sisters in Christ?
God had a precise plan for our salvation. When the fulness of time came, he sent his son to redeem those under the law, by fulfilling the law. His plan was accomplished when we became sons of God. He has adopted us into his family as his children and heirs – not based on our works but based on our faith in him.
As God’s children, we have a special relationship with God. The word “Abba” in Aramaic means “Daddy”. We have been adopted by him and we are meant to have a close bond with him, like a good father with his daughter. Typically, a king does not allow anyone access to him without permission, but you know who has access to a king? His children. We have access to the King of kings because we are his child. Isn’t this an amazing gift? How does remembering this tight bond we have with God encourage you today? Thank God in prayer for this special relationship you have with him.
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This Week’s Verses of the Day:
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Here’s the Printable Bible Bookmark for Galatians.
Here’s another explanation of the SOAK Bible Study Method and Bible Coloring Chart if you need more guidance:
Here is the SOAK method I refer to in the video:
And the Bible Coloring Bookmark:
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Here are the highlighters, pens and pencils I refer to in the video:
Highlighters – Acid Free – Bible Hi-Glider
Fine Line Non-bleeding Pens – Micron Archival Ink and Multi-Colored Gel Pens
Colored Pencils – Crayola Twistables and Crayola Colored Pencils
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