• Not Under the Law Devotional

    Galatians 5:16–17

    John Calvin comments, “If we would obey the Spirit, we must labor, and fight, and apply our utmost energy; and we must begin with self-denial.” Walking by the Holy Spirit is the denial of the self and one’s fleshly desires and turning to Christ to follow His example, asking the Spirit to enable us to do so. Consider today where you might be following the desires of the flesh and not the way of the Spirit. Repent and ask the Spirit to help you follow Jesus. View Resource

  • Walking by the Spirit Devotional

    Galatians 5:16–17

    John Calvin comments, “If we would obey the Spirit, we must labor, and fight, and apply our utmost energy; and we must begin with self-denial.” Walking by the Holy Spirit is the denial of the self and one’s fleshly desires and turning to Christ to follow His example, asking the Spirit to enable us to do so. Consider today where you might be following the desires of the flesh and not the way of the Spirit. Repent and ask the Spirit to help you follow Jesus. View Resource

  • Fulfilling the Law Devotional

    Galatians 5:14–15

    Martin Luther says the love that fulfills the Law is “to instruct him who goes astray, to comfort him that is afflicted, to raise up him that is weak, to help your neighbor by all means possible, to bear with his infirmities, to endure troubles, labors, ingratitude and contempt in the Church and in civil life, to obey the magistrate, to [show] honor to your parents, to be patient at home with…an unruly family.” Let us do these things today, by the Spirit’s power. View Resource

  • The Proper Use of Freedom Devotional

    Galatians 5:12–13

    Paul’s exposition of gospel freedom will largely be the focus of the rest of our study of Galatians. Today, simply note that 5:13 defines Christian obligations not in terms of the Law but in terms of loving service to one another. How do you think of the Christian life? Do you think of it as a checklist of duties or as a vocation through which you are looking for opportunities to do good to others? Do good for somebody today. View Resource

  • The Offense of the Cross Devotional

    Galatians 5:10–11

    Martin Luther says that “when the cross is abolished, and the rage of tyrants and heretics ceases on the one side, and all things are in peace, this is a sure token that the pure doctrine of God’s Word is taken away.” The world’s hatred is sometimes a sign that we are being faithful to Scripture, provided the world detests us due to the message we preach, not because we are obnoxious. If we meet no worldly opposition, it may mean we are not being true to the offense of the cross. View Resource

  • What Really Counts Devotional

    Galatians 5:5–6

    “It is not our doctrine that the faith which justifies is alone; we maintain that it is invariably accompanied by good works; only we contend that faith alone is sufficient for justification” (John Calvin). If works of love are not present in our lives, then neither is saving faith. What acts of love toward others are a regular part of your life? Can anyone tell by your love that you are a disciple of Jesus (John 13:35)? View Resource

  • The Restrainer Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:8–10

    John Calvin says that those who obey our Father’s law only out of fear of punishment “are neither better nor more righteous before God” (Institutes, 2.7.10). Only Christians are able to please the Lord in the doing of His Law because only we have been given hearts able to follow Him out of the sheer joy of doing so. As we grow in holiness we should be serving Him with gladder and gladder hearts. Do you serve the Lord with reticence, or are you happy to obey? View Resource

  • Against the Law Devotional

    Romans 3:31

    Perhaps it is better to say that new covenant believers ought never consider the Mosaic law alone. That is, we must view it through the lens of the “law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). Jesus, when asked about the greatest commandment in the Law, replied twofold: love God above all else, and love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27). Do you love this royal “law of liberty” (James 2:8, 12)? Pray that your love for God and neighbor would deepen every day. View Resource

  • The Law as Guardian Devotional

    Galatians 3:23–24

    Paul’s main point in Galatians 3:23–26 is to explain the Law’s role in salvation history, but the pattern of preaching in the New Testament indicates that God’s law must play a similar role in our individual lives. Whether we are disciplined by truths about our Creator seen in creation or the commandments of the Mosaic law, we must all come to the point where we see our failure to live up to God’s standards and cast ourselves wholly on Christ. Has this happened to you? View Resource

  • One God, One People Devotional

    Galatians 3:19–20

    Our unity as the people of God testifies to the unity of our Lord. To see Christians living and working together in harmony is a powerful witness that all believers possess the same Holy Spirit and share a common purpose, which the Lord may use to call out of the darkness those dissatisfied with purposeless lives. What are you doing in your local congregation to promote unity? Can your pastor count on you not to be a divisive force in the church body? 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

  • The Covenant of Law Devotional

    Exodus 19:14–25

    To obey the law means to come to know something of the holiness of God. The Israelites saw the glory of God on the mountain and trembled because of it. As Christians, we, too, should respect God’s law, for it is a reflection of the holiness of God. Carefully read the passage for today. Meditate on the holiness and dignity of our God. View Resource