KJV Text (NIV link below)
1Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
2And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:
3Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
4Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
5To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
It seems like we’ve got an appropriate start to a Lenten study. From the very beginning of Galatians Paul is pointing his readers to the resurrection of Jesus. He wants to be clear: this thing called the church of which he is an apostle is not made by men in any way shape or form. Instead, the same power of God that raised Jesus from the dead established the Church and its apostles. Paul ends his greeting by reminding the Galatians that the grace he wishes upon them has its foundation in the death Jesus Christ. This death was not the decision of Jesus alone, but part of God’s will. Because of this, the crucifixion and resurrection, we praise him. We praise him for establishing his eternal kingdom by the crucifixion and resurrection in the face of this present evil age.
Leave your thoughts below. If you need help getting started, here are some suggested questions:
What does it mean to you to be rescued by God? What do you think of Paul’s comment about the “present evil world/age”? Christ dies according to God’s will, but is later resurrected rescuing us. Has there been a time in your life that you thought was a low point, but ended up being something amazing? If so, how do you think that reflected God’s will? Do you have any hopes for this series?