Category: Pauline epistles–BibleTrekToday

Not a slave, but a son!

Scripture reading for August 20th:  Psalm 108-111, Galatians 4

Key Scriptures:  Galatians 4:4-7 “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!”  So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” 

Paul carefully explained God’s amazing plan to redeem those in slavery to sin under the law and it’s curse of death.  God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, born of woman, and born under the law.  He identified with sinful men, but was Himself without sin for He perfectly kept God’s law.  He did this to purchase with His sacrificial death the freedom of all who would believe on Him in faith.  All who believe receive the Spirit of God who bears witness in our hearts that we are God’s children and heirs with Christ.

Psalm 108:3-5 “I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations.  For Your steadfast love is great above the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.  Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!  Let Your glory be over all the earth!”

Prayer:  O Father, Your amazing love and faithfulness to us brings the joy of being adopted into Your great household!  May Your glory be over all the nations as Your children share your love!  Amen.

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Christ Jesus took the curse for us!

Scripture reading for August 17th:  Psalm 105-107, Galatians 3

Key Scriptures:  Galatians 3:12-14  “But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.”  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.”–so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.” 

Paul carefully explained that keeping the law required total obedience.  This was impossible for any man because the law only revealed sin, it could not cure it.  Jesus Christ came and totally obeyed God’s law and then took the curse of the law upon Himself on the cross according to the plan of God.  This opened up the way of faith for Jew and Gentile to receive the promised Holy Spirit and our eternal inheritance.

Psalm 105:1-3 “Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His Name; make known His deeds among the peoples!  Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell of all His wondrous works!  Glory in His holy Name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!”

Prayer:  Oh Lord, we thank You for Your wonderful deeds of mercy towards all mankind through Jesus Christ, Your own Son!  You alone are worthy of worship and praise!  I rejoice in You and will tell others of Your works.  Amen.

 

Crucified with Christ

Scripture reading for August 16th:  Psalm 101-104, Galatians 2

Key Scriptures:  Galatians 2:20-21  “I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.  I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.”  

Paul was writing to the Galatian church in response to some false teachers that were trying to get the church to add law-keeping to their faith in Jesus.  He explained how his identification with Jesus Christ in His crucifixion brought new life to him through faith, not trying to keep the law.  In fact, if he went back to trying to keep the law, Christ died in vain and grace would be nullified.

Psalm 103:1-5  “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy Name!  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Prayer:  Thank You Lord, for salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection.  I bless You for all Your benefits today!  Amen!

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In Awe of the Holy One!

Scripture reading for August 15th:  Psalm 98-100, Galatians 1

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 99:1-5 “The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble!  The Lord is great in Zion; He is exalted over all the peoples.  Let them praise Your great and awesome Name!  Holy is He! The King in His might loves justice.  You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.  Exalt the Lord our God; worship at His footstool! Holy is He!” 

The psalmist calls God’s people to worship and holy awe because of Who He is.  He is the Holy One.  He is the Just One.  He is the fair and impartial judge of all mankind whose Name and reputation is awesome.  This calls for worship and reverence in contemplation of His holiness.

Galatians 1:3-5 “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.”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the grace extended to all mankind through the Lord Jesus Christ.  Your grace and holiness call me to worship You–now and forever!  Amen.

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You are God’s Holy Temple

Scripture reading for July 9th:  Psalms 2-5, 1st Corinthians 3

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 3:16-17 “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him.  For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.  Let no one deceive himself.  If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.”  

Paul was writing to the Corinthian church that was struggling with divisions.  He reminded them that they were God’s temple–collectively.  God’s Holy Spirit dwelled among them as they gathered.  Disunity and division was destroying the temple, putting those causing the division in danger.  Self-deception is a dangerous place to be.  True wisdom is humble and submissive to the Holy Spirit and God’s Word.

Psalm 2:12 “Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath is quickly kindled.  Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”  

Prayer: Lord, help me to recognize and obey the voice of Your Holy Spirit speaking and to honor the unity of the Church, Your body.  I ask for wisdom.  Amen.

 

 

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The mind of Christ!

Scripture reading for July 6th:  Job 41-42, Psalm 1, 1st Corinthians 2

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 2:14-16  “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.  The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.  “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct Him?”  But we have the mind of Christ.”

Spiritual things must be revealed to people by the Holy Spirit.  Natural man, unredeemed and not born again, finds it impossible to understand spiritual truth.  But those who are born-again have the “mind of Christ”.  This is an amazing gift from the Father.

Psalm 1:1-2  “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for this amazing gift!  I delight in You and amazing Word that reveals Your mind and truth to me by the Holy Spirit!  Amen.

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Humbly boasting in Christ!

Scripture reading for July 5th:  Job 37-40, 1st Corinthians 1

Key Scriptures:  1st Corinthians 1:28-31 “God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.  And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.””

Paul stated plainly that God chose the weak and lowly things of this world in order to shame the proud and those claiming to be wise.  Through Jesus Christ, God’s amazing wisdom, abundant righteousness, sanctification and redemption are available to all who humbly accept.  That’s something to humbly boast about!

Job 37:23-24 “The Almighty–we cannot find Him; He is great in power; justice and abundant righteousness He will not violate.  Therefore men fear Him; He does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Jesus Christ, our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption!  Help me to humbly boast in Him alone!

 

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God who strengthens!

Scripture reading for July 4th:  Job 34-36, Romans 16

Key Scriptures:  Romans 16:25-27  “Now to Him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith–to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

In Paul’s farewell to the Romans, he commended them to God the Father and to the Word of God. Through the prophetic writings, the mystery of the Gospel message including all nations had been revealed.  To God be all glory forever!

Job 36:24-26 “”Remember to extol His work, of which men have sung.  All mankind has looked on it; man beholds it from afar.  Behold, God is great, and we know Him not; the number of His years is unsearchable.””  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your works on our behalf.  Thank You for saving the nations!  Glory to You now and forever! Amen.

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Righteousness, Peace, Joy!

Scripture reading for July 2nd:  Job 27-29, Romans 14

Key Scriptures: Romans 14:7-9, 17 “For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.  For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord.  So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.  For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the  living.”  …”For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

Paul, writing to the Roman Christians, encouraged them to refrain from judging one another based on human rules and traditions.  They were judging others based on their habits.  The kingdom of God was not based on external habits, but brings the fruit of inner righteousness, peace and joy through the presence of God the Holy Spirit within.  The Holy Spirit gives each person a healthy “fear of the Lord”.

Job 29:28 “And He said to man, ‘ Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the indwelling Holy Spirit bringing us into Your kingdom.  Let me share the righteousness, peace and joy with others.  Amen.

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