Resources from Galatians

Three Crosses

WHENEVER we rebuke other people we should be prepared to clear ourselves of their offence. The apostle had been rebuking those who wished to glory in the flesh. In denouncing false teachers and upbraiding their weak-minded followers he used sharp language, while he appealed to plain facts and maintained his ground with strong arguments; and this he did without fear of being met by a flank movement, and being charged...

Galatians 6:14

Messrs. Moody and Sankey Defended; or a Vindication of the Doctrine of Justification by Faith

From several quarters we have heard lately intensely earnest objections to the matter and tenor of the preaching of the evangelists from America, who have been working among us. Of course, their teaching as well as our own is open to honest judgment, and they, we feel sure, would rather court than shun investigation of the most searching sort. Criticisms upon their style of speaking and singing, and so on,...

Galatians 5:24

Prevenient Grace

You all know the story of the apostle Paul; he had been a persecutor, and went armed with letters to Damascus, to hail men and women, and drag them to prison. On the road thither he saw a light exceeding bright above the brightness of the sun, and a voice spake out of heaven to him saying, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” By this miraculous interposition he was converted:...

Galatians 1:15

Men Bewitched

WITH very great enthusiasm the Galatians received the gospel when Paul preached it to them. They seem to have been a very warm-hearted but fickle people, and Paul found to his great grief that, while he was away from them, certain false teachers came in and turned them aside from the gospel which he had delivered to them. He spake out very plainly about the matter. In this verse he...

Galatians 3:1

Our Manifesto

Jan 25 To me it is a pitiful sight to see Paul defending himself as an apostle; and doing this, not against the gainsaying world, but against coldhearted members of the church. They said that he was not truly an apostle, for he had not seen the Lord; and they uttered a great many other things derogatory to him. To maintain his claim to the apostleship, he was driven to commence his...

Galatians 1:11

A Mediator

Feb 23 THE text does not strike you as difficult, but it is exceedingly perplexing to the interpreter. I was looking at one very old commentator, who is a great favourite of mine, and I noticed that he said that there were two hundred and fifty different meanings given by expositors to this verse. John Prime, in 1587, called it “an endless labyrinth.” “Oh,” I thought, “here is a nice wood to...

Galatians 3:20

The Curse; and the Curse for Us

May 26 THE apostle tells us, in the eighth verse, that the gospel was preached to Abraham. Very briefly, very tersely, but very fully was the gospel proclaimed to him in these words, “In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” The true gospel is no new thing, it is as old as the hills. It was heard in Eden, ere man was driven from the garden, and it has...

Galatians 3:10-14

Christ First, Me last: Nothing Between but Love

May 10 PAUL looks at the matter of salvation from the point of view suggested by grace. If any man might have said, “The Son of God, whom I have loved, and to whom I have given myself,” it would have been the apostle. On another occasion, speaking of the Lord, he said, “Whose I am, and whom I serve;” but here he thinks not of himself, or of what he had...

Galatians 2:20

Under Arrest

Mar 3 THIS is a condensed history of the Jews before the gospel was fully preached to them. Before the clear and plain revelation of the way of salvation— that is to say, before Jesus Christ himself actually appeared among the sons of men— the Hebrew nation was put under the tutorship and governance of the Mosaic law. So far as salvation was to be obtained by it, that law was a...

Galatians 3:23

The Object of Christ’s Death

Aug 15 THE apostle Paul, in his writings, is notable for the fact that he scarcely ever mentions the name of the Lord Jesus Christ without pausing to praise and bless him. There are many benedictions and hallelujahs in Paul’s Epistles, which might have been omitted so far as the run of the sense is concerned, but not one of them could be omitted because his heart was so aglow with love...

Galatians 1:4, 6.