In chapter three the Apostle Paul stressed that justification both initial —salvation, and sustaining —sanctification is totally a matter of faith apart from works. In this chapter he continues the theme that by faith alone in Christ alone those who were once under the bondage of the law are now free from it. Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father.
O God, you have taken to yourself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of your incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God. For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up.
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What does Galatians mean? This was the good news Paul had preached, and which the Galatians had believed. In the previous verses, Paul compared life under the law to a child living under the care of a guardian. Though that child is entitled to a grand inheritance, the child's daily life is similar to that of a slave until the predetermined date set by his father arrives.
No claims of absolute originality are made for this material. As one man said, "I milk a lot of cows, but I churn my own butter. Galatians
Christmas in July is one of those made-up holidays that seems to be growing in popularity these days. Its origins date back to a girls camp in North Carolina, but now it has become an excellent reason for shopping centers, strip malls, and the online retail giant, Amazon, to have mid-summer sales. Even the White House is planning a Christmas in July event.
Scripture: Galatians Denomination: Baptist. Religious holidays—and Christmas still qualifies as a Holy Day for the Faithful—demand that those who proclaim the Word focus on great truths that underscore the particular holiday.
For those with tough questions about the Bible—this devotional is for you! When his mother Mary had been betrothed [ b ] to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And he called his name Jesus.
As the day draws closer when we celebrate the birth of the Savior, our minds turn to thoughts of that glorious time when God became a man. We generally turn to the gospel accounts to find the Christmas message, and yet it is found throughout the Scriptures. This morning we want to consider two verses from Paul's epistle to the Galatians which captures the wonder and presents the message of Christmas giving us when, how, and why.