• Adoption in Christ Jesus

    Galatians 4:4–5

    Augustine comments on the differences between us and Jesus: “We are sons of God through his generosity and the condescension of his mercy, whereas he is Son by nature, sharing the same divinity with the Father” (Ancient Christian Commentary on ...Read More

  • Fleshly Persecution

    Galatians 4:28–31

    Professing Christians throughout our land are compromising the truth of the gospel to get along with false teachers and others who clearly reject the biblical gospel and the lifestyle it promotes. Martin Luther responds with this sober warning: “Whoso will ...Read More

  • Former Slaves

    Galatians 4:1–3

    Matthew Henry comments that in Christ the era of slavery is over, for “the time appointed by the Father having come, we are under a dispensation of greater light and liberty.” If we try to earn our place before God ...Read More

  • God Our Father

    Galatians 4:1-7

    In the first-century Mediterranean world, adoption meant that a father could not disown his son or treat him any less than his natural-born son. By analogy, this great truth applies to God and His children—all those who trust in ...Read More

  • Grace Fulfills the Law

    Galatians 4:21–5:26

    Some nominal “believers” are professors of faith only. All who claim to be in Christ must also be possessors of faith. Read slowly and carefully the two lists of Galatians 5:19–23. Where do you need help? Pray through ...Read More

  • In the Fullness of Time

    Galations 4:4–5

    College students are not the only ones who face attacks on the historicity of Scripture. Hollywood, the Internet, apologists for other religions, and so on bombard us with assaults on Scripture’s integrity. The Bible is the most vilified book ...Read More

  • Listening to the Law

    Galatians 4:21–24

    Tomorrow we will examine in more detail the actual approach Paul takes in Galatians 4:21–31. For now, note that the search for hidden meanings in Scripture violates the perspicuity or clarity of God’s Word. The Bible is ...Read More

  • Receiving the Word

    Galatians 4:12–14

    In our celebrity-oriented culture, it is easy to seek out pastors for their good looks, speaking styles, success in building large congregations, or other such factors. Scripture, however, commends for the pastorate those men who are faithful to the Word ...Read More

  • Rightly Directed Zeal

    Galatians 4:18–20

    Other people may know us as zealous for the truth, but are we also known for being zealous for the good of others? Telling the truth is something that we should never compromise, but let us never be happy that ...Read More

  • The Cry of the Spirit

    Galatians 4:6–7

    Some Christians have had bad experiences with their parents and find it hard to relate to God as their Father. But while the deeds of our parents influence our understanding of God’s fatherhood, we must always remember that He ...Read More

  • The Perils of Telling the Truth

    Galatians 4:15–17

    Matthew Henry offers this caution: “Ministers sometimes create enemies to themselves by the faithful discharge of their duty. Yet ministers must not forbear speaking the truth, for fear of offending others.” Pastors and leaders must love their people well, but ...Read More

  • The Slavery of the Flesh

    Galatians 4:8–11

    Martin Luther writes, “Whoever then seeketh righteousness by the law, imagining that God being angry and threatening must be pacified with works, can never find so many good works as are able to quiet his conscience, but still desires more ...Read More

  • Through Promise

    Galatians 4:21–31

    John Calvin says Paul “is not inconsistent with the true and literal meaning; when a comparison was drawn between the Church and the family of Abraham. As the house of Abraham was then a true Church…the principal and most ...Read More

  • Typology Versus Allegory

    Galatians 4:25–27

    John Calvin comments, “The true meaning of Scripture is the natural and obvious meaning; and let us embrace and abide by it resolutely. Let us not only neglect as doubtful, but boldly set aside as deadly corruptions, those pretended expositions ...Read More