Galatians 1-3

Summary

Galatians chapter 1, He wonders that they have so soon left him and the gospel; and accurses those that preach any other gospel than he did. He learned the gospel not of men, but of God; and shows what he was before his calling; and what he did immediately after it.

Galatians chapter 2, He shows when he went up again to Jerusalem, and for what purpose; and that Titus was not circumcised; and that he resisted Peter, and told him the reason; why he and others, being Jews, do believe in Christ to be justified by faith, and not by works; and that they live not in sin, who are so justified.

Galatians chapter 3, He asks what moved them to leave the faith, and hang upon the law. They that believe are justified, and blessed with Abraham. And this he shows by many reasons.

Insights and Prayers

  • When Paul rebuked the Galatians because they are being drawn away from the gospel, he reminded them the issue is not about them or him, “For do I now persuade men, or God or do I seek to please men? For if I yet please men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” (1:10). That should be our prayer, that God may be pleased in all we do.
  • Lord, I want You to be pleased in all I think and do. When I displease You, convict me of wrong thinking or actions. Draw me to Yourself. May I please You in every way, and everything I say, and every day of my life. Amen.
  • There are several reasons why God calls people.
    • First, He calls us to salvation (1 Thess. 5:24).
    • Second, God calls us to preach Christ to the world (Gal. 1:15).
    • Third, some are called to full-time vocational service (Heb. 5:4; Luke 3:2).
    • Fourth, God calls us to be separate from sin (Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:2).
    • Fifth, God calls us to fellowship with Christ (1 Cor. 1:9).
  • When God calls, we should respond in a prayer, “Here am I; send me” (Isa. 6:8).
  • Lord, I’m listening for Your voice; call me. I will do what You want; call me. I will be what You want me to be; call me. Amen.
  • Lord, I thank You that I am saved by grace, and that my faith is not measured by keeping the law. Amen.
    When we face heresy or compromise with the truth, we must stand strong for God. Notice Paul’s obstinacy, “To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour” (2:5). But it was more than internal resistance, “I withstood him [Peter] to the face” (2:11).
  • Lord, give me a deep commitment to the truth of Your Word; give me courage to stand up openly in opposition to their heresy. While I will pray for heretics privately, I will oppose them openly. Amen.
  • To be justified means we are declared perfect in God’s sight. It does not mean we are made perfect; it means we are declared perfect. We stand before the Father “in Jesus Christ” (2:16). We are clothed in the righteousness of the Son and we are as perfect as Jesus the Righteous One.
  • Lord, I don’t deserve heaven, nor do I have the right to stand before You. I come to You in the perfection of Jesus and there is nothing more perfect than Him. Amen.
  • Paul tells us, “I was crucified with Christ” (2:20). This is a past completed action. I don’t have to do anything to “crucify myself,” nor do I put myself to death with extended times of prayer or self-mortification. The crucifixion prayer is when I act on the accomplishments of Christ on the cross; I apply the cleansing and the power of the cross to my life.
  • Lord, thank You for what Jesus did for me on the cross; His crucifixion death saved me and gave me power to live victoriously over sin. So I tell the world, “I was crucified with Christ” (2:20). Amen.
  • The great strength of believers is that Christ indwells them. “Christ lives within me” (2:20). They live by His strength and they can move mountains by faith, “the faith of the Son of God” (2:20). To get this power we must yield to Him and allow His strength to live through us.
  • Lord, I surrender myself to You, including my selfish dreams, my habits, and my way of doing things. I will do things Your way. Let Your power and purpose flow through me. Amen.
  • The Bible declares, “The just shall live by faith” (3:11), which means we are not legalists who live by the law (3:12), but our faith makes us members of God’s family; so we live by a higher standard. We live as children of God. We don’t come praying to the Father because we keep the law. No! We come as children to a loving Father who wants to give blessings to His children.
  • Lord, I come to You confessing I am not perfect; I’m sorry for my sin. Forgive me. I come as Your child; accept me because of Your grace and because Jesus died to bring me close to You. Amen.
  • We can pray as a result of our spiritual baptism into Christ’s death and resurrection. We are all “baptized into Christ” (3:26). As a result we have all the benefits, which include forgiveness, righteousness, access to the Father, and assurance of salvation. We also have all the benefits of His resurrection, which includes a new nature, eternal life, and membership in God’s family. Therefore we can ask with the authority of a child asking of his father. Then we can have intimacy with the Father and the Son.
  • Lord, I come into Your presence because I am Your child and I come in the righteousness of Your Son, Jesus. You hear and answer because I offer them in the perfection of the Perfect One-Jesus Christ. Amen.
  • We come to the Father in faith, which means we believe in the existence of God and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6). By faith we accepted Christ into our hearts who transformed us and gave us access to pray to the Father. Therefore when we pray by faith, we go to the Father in our new relationship to Him and ask accordingly.
  • Lord, I come to You as Your child; thank You for accepting me in Christ Jesus. I ask for things based on my new relationship to You. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayers. Amen.

Sources

  • Bible Summary – Adapted from The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge by R. A. Torrey
  • Insights and Prayers – Adapted from The Prayer Bible
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