• The Law and Slavery Devotional

    Galatians 3:26–4:20

    How many of us are really comfortable with the level of Christian growth we have attained at this point in our lives? Would God’s assessment of our level of maturity bring honor or shame? While you yet have time, ask God to increase your zeal for Christian growth in character, grace, knowledge, and love of Christ. View Resource

  • Former Slaves Devotional

    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 by keeping His Law, we will be slaves to evil, but if we seek to be filled by the Spirit and realize that our standing before Him is grounded in Christ, we will spontaneously and joyously obey Him. Ask the Lord to fill you with His Spirit today. View Resource

  • God Our Father Devotional

    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 Christ alone are the beneficiaries of an abundant inheritance that cannot be lost (Deut. 21:15–17; Gal. 3:29). It is comforting indeed to know that we are God’s children in Christ and that He will never reject those who hope in Him. View Resource

  • Adoption in Christ Jesus Devotional

    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 Scripture, NT vol. 8, p. 54). We who trust in Christ alone have the right to be called children of God (John 1:12); thus, we can count on His loving provisions and discipline to make us holy. View Resource

  • The Fully Right Time Devotional

    Galatians 4:4–5

    As we consider the coming of the Messiah over the next few days, it will be vital for us to remember that the story of Jesus is real history and took place in space and time. Scripture will not allow us to view its record as something that imparts spiritual truth regardless of whether the events actually happened. The Bible does not give us an exhaustive history, but it gives us true history, and so we can be confident that God has actually worked in our world. View Resource

  • The Messiah in History Devotional

    Galatians 4:4–5

    The Christian faith is not an irrational creed that says it does not matter if what the Bible describes is real. Christianity is grounded in history, and it asserts that God entered into space and time to save His people. Let us be prepared to defend the historicity of our faith, devoting time to studying the historical background of Scripture so that we can answer critics of our faith. View Resource

  • Obedience Under The Law Devotional

    Galatians 4:4–5

    If we are in Christ, we are redeemed from the law and are “not under the law, as a covenant of works, to be thereby justified, or condemned” (Westminster Confession of Faith 19.6). We are now liberated to use the law according to the purpose for which God gave it to redeemed people—as a guide to holiness. We do not seek to obey the law to save ourselves but to manifest the holy character that God seeks from His redeemed children View Resource

  • The Cry of the Spirit Devotional

    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 is a perfect father, not prone to the faults of men and always concerned to protect us and provide for our well-being. God our Father never withholds good gifts from His children, and we can trust Him with all that we are. View Resource

  • The Slavery of the Flesh Devotional

    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.” In addition to being bound to sin, those who try earning their justification through works are enslaved to a guilty conscience that never lets up. Only if we confess our inability to please God can we find freedom in Christ. View Resource

  • Receiving the Word Devotional

    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 of God and exemplary in character and morals (1 Tim. 3:1–7). What are the characteristics you prize most in your pastor? Take time this week to thank your pastor for faithfully preaching and doing the Word. View Resource

  • The Perils of Telling the Truth Devotional

    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 this love is not authentic if it comes at the expense of the truth. Let us listen carefully to our pastors’ rebukes from the pulpit and not gossip about them when we do not like what they say. View Resource

  • Rightly Directed Zeal Devotional

    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 we get to point out to somebody their error. Instead, our correction should always evidence both sorrow that someone has gone astray and genuine concern for his spiritual well-being. May we always love, in word and deed, Christ’s wandering sheep. View Resource

  • Listening to the Law Devotional

    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 clear enough that even a small child can understand its basic message of salvation, and we must endeavor to present this message with the same clarity as Scripture. To look for secret meanings in the Bible is never acceptable. View Resource

  • Through Promise Devotional

    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 memorable events which happened in it are so many types to us.” All of us are tempted to think we are right with God because we are doing “better than the next person.” But our Father forgives us only on account of His Son, Jesus. View Resource

  • Grace Fulfills the Law Devotional

    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 each of the sins and blessings listed. Examine yourself, and ask God to grant His Spirit to transform your life. View Resource