• Paul Returns to Jerusalem Devotional

    Galatians 2:1–2

    Many of the problems we have in the church arise from the misunderstandings we have about other Christians and the work they are doing. Teachers, especially, can run into difficulties when their words and intentions are misrepresented. As Christians we should follow Paul’s example and work to make sure that we clearly explain ourselves to others. We should also be willing to give others the benefit of the doubt lest we give ear to gossip and thereby sin against God. View Resource

  • A Crisis in Antioch Devotional

    Galatians 2:1–21

    Myron Augsburger’s book Caring Enough to Confront proves that confronting, when done biblically, is a virtuous act. When confronting Peter, Paul had the greater good of the church in mind. Accept the responsibility to care and confront, and to take care when confronted. In both cases, seek the triumph of truth in love. View Resource

  • False Brothers in Jerusalem Devotional

    Galatians 2:3–5

    It is the duty of all believers, not just our pastors and other leaders, to contend for the faith. We must be especially wary of incremental steps to undermine biblical authority and the historic Christian faith. Denominations do not typically deny the exclusivity of Christ or ordain unrepentant sinners at once; such things happen only after Scripture’s rightful place is denied. Work to support biblical fidelity in your particular church or denomination. View Resource

  • Paul’s View of the Apostles Devotional

    Galatians 2:6

    Critical to today’s passage is the understanding that the Jerusalem apostles added nothing to Paul’s gospel. Paul was called later, but that did not make his preaching deficient. At any rate, in the final analysis there are no contradictions between the biblical writings of these authors. Teachers of God’s holy Word ought to practice interpreting Scripture in light of Scripture. Pitting two writers against each other ultimately pits God against Himself. View Resource

  • Apostolic Fellowship Devotional

    Galatians 2:7–9

    The truth of the gospel binds believers together, and by the Holy Spirit we are empowered and enabled to love those who are in Christ even if they are different than we are. It is the love of one another in the truth that is to be our aim, and we must strive to grow in our love for one another no matter where we are in our pilgrimage. Seek the Lord’s face today and ask Him to grant you the grace to seek fellowship with others who are walking in the truth. View Resource

  • Remembering the Poor Devotional

    Galatians 2:10

    Martin Luther comments, “After the preaching of the gospel, the office and charge of a true and faithful pastor is to be mindful of the poor.” Our pastors and leaders must lead the people of God in assisting the impoverished, first in our congregation and then in the world. If you are a leader in your church, you must make it your aim to have your congregation give to the needy. Whether or not you are a leader, make giving to the poor a part of your following Christ. View Resource

  • Confrontation in Antioch Devotional

    Galatians 2:11–13

    The confrontation with Peter is an important segue for Paul to begin explaining the doctrine of justification, and we will consider it more tomorrow. Today, consider how Peter’s failure proves that “we are nothing with all our gifts be they ever so great, except God assist us” (Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians). Even Peter sinned when he divided the church of Christ, and so we must be ever conscious of our dependence on Him lest we fall into error as well. View Resource

  • Justification by Faith Alone Devotional

    Galatians 2:14–16

    Martin Luther’s commentary on today’s passage includes this nugget of wisdom: “God is honored in His Son. Whoever then believes that the Son is our mediator and Savior, he honors the Father, and him again does God honor; that is to say, adorns him with gifts, forgiveness of sins, righteousness, the Holy Ghost, and everlasting life.” If we would receive the gifts of God we must repent of our sins and trust Jesus alone. In whom do you put your trust? View Resource

  • Faith Alone Devotional

    Galatians 2:15-16

    The imputation of Christ’s righteousness is the ultimate basis for our justification, a teaching we will explore in a few days. Today what we must remember is that good works do not set us right before God, although they do prove that He has declared us righteous in Christ (James 2:14–26). If we have to trust in our works at all, even if only a little bit, we can never be assured of our justification. None of us can do enough good to stand in God’s presence. View Resource

  • Not by Works of the Law Devotional

    Galatians 2:15–16

    We see people doing good things every day — loving their children, caring for elderly parents, giving money to cancer research, and so on. Nevertheless, even the best deeds of sinners are insufficient in God’s sight. Even if unregenerate people were able to do deeds that are truly good (and they cannot), such deeds would not make up for even their “minor” sins. We can appreciate the outwardly good deeds of unbelievers, but they must still believe the gospel to be justified. View Resource

  • Crucified with Christ Devotional

    Galatians 2:17–21

    Issues like the curse of the Law that were raised briefly today will have to wait a few days for more analysis. In closing, note that Galatians 2:19–20 reveals that being united to Christ means being crucified with Him, as well as being raised in newness of life. John Calvin comments, “It will not be enough for any man to contemplate Christ as having died for the salvation of the world, unless he has experienced the consequences of this death, and is enabled to claim it as his own.” View Resource

  • Dying to the Law in Christ Devotional

    Galatians 2:20

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “The doctrine of the gospel, instead of weakening the bond of duty, did but the more strengthen and confirm it; and therefore, though he was dead to the law, yet it was only in order for him to live a new and better life for God.” Only in dying to the law in Christ can we fulfill the law. Yet we can die to the law only through conversion and in the power of the Holy Spirit. View Resource

  • Personal Faith Devotional

    Galatians 2:20

    Scripture stresses God’s covenantal work through families and in the church to redeem His people. But it also stresses that there is no hope of salvation apart from personal faith in Christ. Are you basing your hope of salvation on being a child of Christian parents, or have you cast yourself on Jesus? Parents, are you trusting that your children are saved merely because they have been baptized, or are you also exhorting them to personally trust in Christ? View Resource