From the pen of Dr. Sam Jones
Good morning! Hope you had an enjoyable weekend. The Bible reading for today is Galatians 1-3. There are several interesting spiritual insights to be deducted from these chapters. Allow me to mention 3 of them.
1st - If a person leaves the gospel of Christ, what other gospel can he/she go to for salvation? Some of the Galatian Christians were contemplating ending their relationship with the gospel of Christ (Gal. 1:6). This news was astonishing to Paul; he clearly affirmed to them, there is absolutely no other gospel, other than the gospel of Christ, that possessed the power to delete their sins and save their souls (Gal. 1:7; Mk. 16:15-16; Rom. 1:16-17; I Cor. 15:1-2). Christians need to be persistent in the gospel of Christ because if you make the decision to depart from it, there’s not another option for salvation. Don’t forget John’s words in 2 John 9, whoever refuses to continue in the doctrine of Christ, then the person will not have a relationship with either God the Father or Son. Don’t leave the faith!
2nd – The gospel Paul preached is authentic. May we never forget that it matters to God what we believe and obey to be saved. The million-dollar question is, “The gospel that I have obeyed, is it authentic?” Do you know? It matters! Each one of us needs to be inquiring “Did the gospel in which I obeyed originated with God” or “Is it human origin?” Paul certified that he didn’t receive the doctrine he preached from Henderson, Nashville, Searcy, Abilene, Montgomery, Terrell, but from Jesus Christ (cf. Gal 1:12). He affirmed it had the stamp of Jesus’ approval. We wouldn’t buy an appliance if it didn’t have a warranty; then why obey a gospel that doesn’t have the apostles’ warranty?
3rd – The Law of Moses was a good Law. The Law of Moses was given by God. If the Law came from God, and it did, then it’s good. There was no problem with the Law; the Law did what it was designed to do. The problem was with the human whom God created as free moral beings. They were unwilling to keep the Law or obey God’s instruction (Gal. 3:15-22). Paul explained to the Galatians, the Law purpose was to teach them of the need for God’s grace and mercy. The scheme of redemption included the day coming when God would give a new Law (Jer. 31:31-34; Heb. 8:8-13). Paul informed his readers, the Law was to serve a purpose until faith or the gospel of Christ was revealed (Gal. 3:23). When Jesus came forth from the grave, God bestowed on Him all power or authority (Matt. 28:18). Also, in His death, Jesus nailed the Law to the cross and establishing a new Law (Eph. 2:15; Col. 2:14). The Law has been fulfilled and void of power with Jesus’ death and resurrection. In chapter 2, Paul raised a great question, “If righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing” (Gal. 2:20).
These are 3 of several insights that can be deducted from the reading of these chapters. Please think about these and give them some consideration as you strive to walk closer with the Lord. May God bless you with a great day! Let others see you being good to others and maybe they just might decide to imitate you.