Galatians 4-6

Summary

Galatians chapter 4, We were under the law till Christ came, as the heir is under the guardian till he be of age. But Christ freed us from the law; therefore we are servants no longer to it. He remembers their good will to him, and his to them; and shows that we are the sons of Abraham by the freewoman.

Galatians chapter 5, He wills them to stand in their liberty, and not to observe circumcision; but rather love, which is the sum of the law. He reckons up the works of the flesh, and the fruits of the Spirit, and exhorts to walk in the Spirit.

Galatians chapter 6, He moves them to deal mildly with a brother that has slipped, and to bear one another’s burden; to be liberal to their teachers, and not weary of well-doing. He shows what they intend that preach circumcision. He glories in nothing, save in the cross of Christ.

Insights and Prayers

  • God has sent the Holy Spirit into our hearts so we can cry out “Abba, Father” (4:6). No one can legally call God his Father until he is born again by the Holy Spirit. Then he is “a son” and “an heir of God through Christ” (4:7).
  • Lord, I call You Father because the Holy Spirit has given me the new birth and made me a member of Your family. As Your child I ask for Your guidance this day and Your protection from evil. I ask for an inheritance with You in glory. Amen.
  • The act of salvation is described as “ye have known God” (4:9). It begins with initial knowledge that saves us, and continues with a growing knowledge that ends with an intimate understanding of God. But there is a second action; God knows you, as Paul says, “Or rather are known by God” (4:9).
  • Lord, I come to know You in salvation, but now I want to know You more intimately. I pray with Paul, “That I may know Him” (Phil. 3:10). Amen.
  • Paul’s desire for the Galatians was that “Christ be formed in them” (4:19). He wanted Jesus Christ to dwell in each one individually. Christianity is not about rules, doctrinal statements, worship programs, or other outward expressions. The essence of Christianity is that Christ be formed in us, that He live in us, and that He shine through us to the world.
  • Lord, I pray that Christ be perfectly formed in me, and that His love in my life will control all I do. I pray that Christ shines through me to others. Amen.
  • Those who are born again are the children “born of the promise” (4:28) which means
    • (1) God promised life to those who believe in Christ,
    • (2) the promises of God are applicable to His children, and
    • (3) we must claim the promises of God to receive God’s blessings.
  • Lord, I have claimed Your promise of eternal life (John 5:24) and I am saved. Thank You for every promise You have made. I believe they are applicable for me; I claim them now because I am Your child. Amen.
  • All believers are running a race to please Christ, so we should pray that we will run well. We should pray for strength, determination, and discipline to finish well. Lord, I pray that I may run my race with strength and discipline. Keep me from discouragement. Give me will power to finish well. Amen.
  • The cross is offensive to the world because they want to do “good works” to be saved. Also the message of the cross rejects their good works. The cross rejects the world’s desire to fulfill the lust of the flesh, to enjoy the thrills of the world, and fulfill the desire to make self “number one” in all things.
  • Lord, I accepted the “offense of the cross” when I accepted Christ as my Savior. Help me take up “my cross” and follow You. May I glory in the cross (1 Cor. 1:18). Amen.
  • God has promised to give the Holy Spirit to all who believe in Jesus Christ. When the Holy Spirit comes into our lives He gives us
    • (1) eternal life (Eph. 4:30),
    • (2) indwells us (John 7:39),
    • (3) illuminates spiritual truth (1 Cor. 2:13),
    • (4) guides us (Gal. 5:16, 25),
    • (5) seals us (Eph. 1:13),
    • (6) becomes the earnest of future blessing (Eph. 1:14), and
    • (7) prays for us (Rom. 8:26-27).
  • Lord, I want the Holy Spirit to do everything in my life that was promised to us in Scripture. Empower me by the Holy Spirit. Fill me with the Spirit to serve You more effectively (Eph. 3:16). Amen.
  • Father, I pray for You to change me, for prayer is change. You’ve promised to give fruit in my life, and You promised to give it to me by the Holy Spirit. I accept Your love; now make me love others as You do. I want Your joy to make me happy. Let Your peace take over my confused mind. Teach me to be patient as You are at all times. Change my hard heart into a kind heart, and may I be good to the core. I want to be as faithful to others as You are to me, treating them gently. I ask You to help me discipline myself so I can be like Christ who was focused on pleasing You. Amen.
  • The believer is commanded to “walk in the Spirit” (5:16, 25) which means we are to let the Holy Spirit strengthen us to do what He commands. When we do that, the Spirit glorifies God through us, and uses us to produce the fruit of the Spirit (5:22-23).
  • Lord, I will walk as the Holy Spirit tells me to walk; give me strength to walk above sin, and wisdom to obey Your Word. Be glorified in my daily walk. I now yield to the Holy Spirit to empower me to walk clean and straight. Amen.
  • As we wait for the Lord’s return, we must pray
    • (1) to be true to Him,
    • (2) to be kept from sin, (3) to serve Christ faithfully, (4) to love one another, and
    • (5) to anticipate His return. If we eagerly anticipate Christ’s return, it will influence all our thoughts, actions, and service.
  • Lord, I wait eagerly for Your return from heaven. My belief in Your return influences all I do and think. Amen.
  • We should attempt to restore a fellow brother “in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted” (6:1, KJV).
  • We should pray for his restoration as we pray for ourselves to be strong in temptation. We should pray for the Holy Spirit to convict him of his sin and give him a desire to live a holy life.
  • Lord, I pray for fallen believers that they may realize the seriousness of their sin and that they may have a desire to walk again in fellowship with You. Give me grace, wisdom, and tenderness to help them back to Yourself. Amen.
  • Paul tells the Galatians not to sow to the flesh, but to the Holy Spirit. This is a picture of sowing seeds for a harvest. “Whatsoever a man soweth, that he shall also reap” (6:7, KJV). So when we please the Spirit, then we “shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (6:8). Lord, I will do the things written in the Scriptures, and I will seek to please the Holy Spirit. I want all the blessings of eternal life that You promise. Amen.
  • We have been crucified with Christ (a past action) so we identify with Christ to get the benefits of His death. Self-crucifixion is not something we do to ourselves. It is not starving ourselves of food, nor is it imprisoning ourselves in a cell or self-flagellation. We don’t even nail ourselves to a physical cross thinking this is a way to identify with Christ’s cross. The prayer of crucifixion is accepting all the accomplishments of Christ’s death, namely, forgiveness of sins, redemption, justification, and reconciliation with God.
  • Lord, thank You that Christ died for me and gave me all the benefits of salvation. I ask for all the power You have to help me overcome sin and live a holy life. 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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