Daily Devotional Sunday 11th October

by William Moody

Galatians 1:1–5

Greeting

1:1 Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead—and all the brothers1 who are with me,

To the churches of Galatia:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Footnotes

[1] 1:2 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verse 11

(ESV)

The book of Galatians is a letter from the apostle Paul to a group of churches in Galatia which were founded through Paul’s missionary journeys.

Paul’s introduction (v1) stresses his authority as an apostle which comes not from man but from Jesus Christ and God the Father. Paul’s words are to be taken to heart by the Galatians because they come with all the authority of God. God proves the genuineness and authority of His Gospel message through the resurrection of Jesus.

As you come to consider this book are you willing to treat it as it deserves as the Word of God? Are you willing to place your life under the authority of God’s letter to the Galatians?

Paul brings a common greeting desiring that those receiving this letter would receive grace and peace (v3). Due to our sin we all need God’s grace, His undeserved favour. Otherwise if God dealt with us as our sin deserved we would be without hope.

The peace Paul speaks of here is peace with God and peace within. This peace is a state of contentment and completeness that comes from a right relationship with God.

This grace and peace flow into our life through Jesus and His sacrifice (v4). It comes in the midst of evil days to deliver us from evil and its consequences.  In salvation God deserves all of the glory.

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