From Handbook to Scripture, Day 291
READING: GALATIANS 6
Paul begins this epistle with a biographical argument (1–2) that affirms the divine origin of his apostleship and his message of the gospel of grace in contrast to the distortion of the gospel by false teachers. He recounts how God gave him the message of justification by faith in Christ and how this was confirmed by the apostles. Paul then develops a theological argument (3–4) in defense of justification by faith, contending that the law was given not to save people, but to bring them to faith. The apostle concludes with a moral argument (5–6) that anticipates the objection that the liberty of grace could degenerate into license and lawlessness. Paul insists that faith expressing itself through love and empowered by the Holy Spirit will overcome the propensities of the flesh and fulfill the requirements of the law.
Prayer: Lord, may I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Meditation passage: verses 2, 7–10, 14