May 29, 2016

Letter of Liberty

Passage: Galatians 1:1-5

Galatians is the Magna Carta of Christian liberty. Martin Luther loved it, calling it “my Katie von Bora”, and John Bunyan loved Luther’s commentary on it second only to Scripture. In this early letter, Paul’s zeal for Jesus and His gospel erupts on the page. Here we find the classic statement of justification by faith alone and how it relates to everything. We also see a person shaped by it. Paul is kind, generous, shocked, condemning, confrontational, caustic, and loving. Here is the only way to be right with God, which is through the cross, and the only way to follow Him, which is by the Spirit. Here is a man after God’s own heart, opened before us.

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