From our studies over the past two weeks in Paul’s letter to the Galatian churches, two big take-a-ways have reverberated off the pages of the biblical text. Both of them seem very timely in the current squall of public opinion that shows little sign of a reasonable calm on the horizon.
Paul writing to the churches of Galatia opens his letter with a reminder to the young Christians in the various churches of the gift of grace given to them by the Father and the peace that follows. Both grace and peace are not earned, nor a consequence of the “Good Life” or removed because things are not going well. The circumstances of life, whether good or bad, personally or collectively experienced does not minimize nor destroy what God has given.
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Gal 1:3). This is Paul’s greeting in almost all of his letters. It was the beginning point of any discussion, concerns or decisions he had to make with believers and the churches. It framed the conversation.
So to, as we begin our days, turn on the radio or TV, check the latest twitter flash or perhaps read the newspaper, we need to remember we are to move into our world to the rhythm of God’s continuous unmerited favor- His grace and His peace that passes all understanding. As we do it impacts our perspective and provides a biblical basis for our actions.
Come join us for the next several Sundays as we continue see how the old truths of Galatians have weight and meaning in the here and now.
By Grace, Pastor Bob Brandon