The chapters we are reading right now in Acts are filled with the events of Paul’s life. We learn about his preaching and teaching the gospel in all conditions and circumstances. We learn of his dangerous adventures including being beaten, imprisoned, shipwrecked and more. Acts ends with the last record of Paul’s life. But we will begin to read what he wrote beginning with Galatians on March 16th. Galatians is only six short chapters but so packed with truth we need to absorb. If you missed it, please see the last blog post for more about this month in the Read the New Testament in 2021 Reading Plan
Let’s look at how Paul begins Galatians in the first five verses.
Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead), and all the brethren who are with me,
To the churches of Galatia:
Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
So much in so few words!
Note: from Matthew Henry’s Commentary introduction of Galatians chapter 1
- This present world is an evil world: it has become so by the sin of man, and it is so on account of the sin and sorrow with which it abounds and the many snares and temptations to which we are exposed as long as we continue in it. But,
- Jesus Christ has died to deliver us from this present evil world, not presently to remove his people out of it, but to rescue them from the power of it, to keep them from the evil of it, and in due time to possess them of another and better world. This, the apostle informs us, he has done according to the will of God and our Father.
This is why I love reading only one single chapter a day. It really does allow a better opportunity to soak up more from the scriptures. Be sure to take the time to be nourished as you read Galatians. Even if you are very familiar with these chapters you can always discover new treasure that was overlooked last time.
As already mentioned in the last post, we will read Ephesians after Galatians and then after Easter we will be going to the gospel of Mark. In April you can expect to see more posts with help, tips and resources to enhance your Bible reading and study.
As the days approach ever closer to Easter may you find time with Jesus all the more dear to your heart.