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“Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. I testify again to every man who is circumcised that he is obligated to keep the whole law. You have been cut off from Christ, whoever of you are justified by law; you have fallen from grace.” Galatians 5:2-4

When people think it is necessary to be circumcised and observe the worship laws of the Old Testament — resting on the Sabbath, observing feast days, abstaining from certain foods — or they depend on their religious rites and traditions to be acceptable to God, they fall from grace and lose the blessings that Christ won for them because they seek to be acceptable to God by their works under the law. They fail to see that they must keep every demand of God’s law perfectly to be justified by it, and no one but Christ has done so.

Grant that I trust solely in Your perfect righteousness and Your sacrifice for my sins, O Christ, and not overthrow Your grace by seeking to be counted righteousness by my keeping of the law. Amen.

[Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, Modern English Version, Copyright © 2024, 2017, 2014 by United Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House. All rights reserved.]

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“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has set us free, and be not entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1

When we trust in Christ as our Savior, He sets us free from bondage under the law, having fulfilled all its righteous demands in our stead and having made full atonement for all our sins. Since we have been pardoned and set free through faith in Christ Jesus, our Substitute, let’s not turn back and again become entangled in the demands of the law or the observance of human traditions to merit our salvation.

O Christ, You freed us from the law’s curse by being cursed for us. Grant that we hold fast to You and the salvation You won for us in faith and not turn back again to our own works and observances under the law. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from The Holy Bible, Modern English Version, Copyright © 2024, 2017, 2014 by United Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House. All rights reserved.]

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“Nevertheless, what does the Scripture say? ‘Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not be heir with the son of the free woman.’ So then, brothers, we are not children of the slave woman but of the free woman.” Galatians 4:30-31

As Ishmael, Abraham’s son of Hagar, the slave woman, did not inherit with Isaac, the son of Abraham by Sarah, but was cast out, so will those who are flesh descendants of Abraham but not of Abraham’s faith be cast out and not inherit the promises. Only those who trust in Jesus Christ, the Offspring of Abraham who atoned for the sins of all, will inherit the promise of forgiveness and eternal life.

Grant that I trust in You alone, O Christ, that I might receive Your pardon and inherit the eternal joys of heaven. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from The Holy Bible, Modern English Version, Copyright © 2024, 2017, 2014 by United Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House. All rights reserved.]

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“These things are an allegory, for these are the two covenants. The one is from Mount Sinai, which gives birth to bondage; she is Hagar. Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and represents the present Jerusalem, and is in bondage with her children. But the Jerusalem which is above is free, which is our mother.” Galatians 4:24-26

The Apostle Paul compares Sarah and Hagar to two covenants: the covenant of promise made with Abraham and the covenant of laws given later on Mt. Sinai. When we seek to be acceptable to God by our own keeping of the laws given to Moses at Mt. Sinai, we are like the children of Hagar, in bondage under the law and condemned by it because of our sins. When we trust in God’s promise of righteousness imputed to us by faith in Jesus Christ, the promised Offspring of Abraham, we are like the children of Sarah and are free from the condemnation of the law and inherit the blessings promised to Abraham.

Thank You, dear Lord Jesus, the promised Offspring of Abraham, for fulfilling all righteousness for me and then paying the price for my sins by Your death on the cross. Grant that I trust in You alone that I might inherit the blessings promised to Abraham. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from The Holy Bible, Modern English Version, Copyright © 2024, 2017, 2014 by United Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House. All rights reserved.]

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“Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by a slave woman, the other by a free woman. But he who was of the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but he of the free woman through the promise.” Galatians 4:21-23

The question Paul raises is whether we are children of promise or children of bondage, for Abraham had two sons, one of the flesh by a slave woman and one of promise to Abraham and Sarah and free. Those seeking to be counted righteous based on the law are bound to the law and condemned by it. Those trusting in the promise are counted righteous through faith in Jesus Christ and are free from the law’s condemnation.

O God, grant that I not seek to be counted righteous by my own works under the law but trust in the perfect righteousness of Christ and His atoning sacrifice for my sins. In His name, I pray. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from The Holy Bible, Modern English Version, Copyright © 2024, 2017, 2014 by United Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House. All rights reserved.]

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