Monday, April 22
Paul, an apostle — not from men or by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised him from the dead —
2 and all the brothers who are with me:
To the churches of Galatia.
3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father. 5 To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
As Paul begins his letter to the churches in Galatia he opens with a strong emphasis on his identity as an apostle. It isn’t so much the position of his apostleship that is important as much as who affirms his credentials. Paul had some strong words for these Galatians, and they had to understand that he wrote with authority. Paul expected that Christians would respect his authority as one who was called by and sent by Christ. Paul finishes his introduction with a prayer of peace and grace that is offered to all believers through Christ who rescued us from our sin. He wraps up by pointing us to the ultimate reason for everything we do, the glory of God.
As we study through the book of Galatians we’ll be challenged to evaluate whether or not we have let lesser versions of the gospel pollute our understanding of the true gospel of Christ. Let’s read these verses with an understanding that they aren’t just written to the Galatians. These words, encouragements, and challenges are written to us to move us closer to Christ.
Father, help me see that all of scripture comes from you. Help me understand that Paul writes these words not by his own authority, but by Yours. Lead me to realize that, like Paul, I am called by you and sent by you to those around me.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.