2020-03-23: Galatians 2
Discovering the Word
1. Why was it significant that Titus (a Gentile) was not compelled to be circumcised (v3-5)?
2. How were Peter and the other Jews not “acting in line with the truth of the gospel” (v11-14)? How might their actions have forced Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?
3. Why is it wrong to make such customs a basis for fellowship (v15-16)?
4. How does Paul refute the accusation that Christ promotes sin (v17-19)?
5. How has Christ enabled us to die to the law and to live for God (v20)?
Applying the Word
1. The apostles were not simply zealous to preserve the gospel. They also felt called to proclaim the gospel (v7-10). To whom do you feel called to bring the gospel?
2. What non-essential customs do Christians sometimes force on each other?
3. How can God’s acceptance of you help you to be more accepting of others?
Responding in Prayer: Ask God to help you be a bearer of the good news.
The Secret of Fellowship, Day 9: Obedience
“Obey My voice...and I will be your God.” - Jer. 11:4
God gave this command to Israel when He gave the the law. But Israel had no power to keep the law. So God gave them a “new covenant,” to enable His people to live a life of obedience.
We read, “I will write My law in their hearts” (Jer 31:33), “I will put My fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from Me” (Jer 32:40), “I will cause you to walk in my statues” (Ezek. 36:27). These wonderful promises gave the assurance that obedience would be their delight.
Let us listen to what the Lord Jesus says about obedience: “He that keepeth My commandments, he it is that loveth Me; and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and We will make our abode with him” (John 14:21-23). And in John 15:10, “If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love.” These words are an inexhaustible treasure. Faith can firmly trust Christ to enable us to live such a life of love and obedience.
No father can train his children unless they are obedient. No teacher can teach a child who continues to disobey him. No general can lead his soldiers to victory without prompt obedience. Pray God to imprint this lesson on your heart: the life of faith is a life of obedience. As Christ lived in obedience to the Father, so we too need obedience for a life in the love of God.
Alas, the thought is too common, “I cannot be obedient, it is quite impossible.” Yes, impossible to you, but not to God. He has promised “to cause you to walk in His statutes.”
Pray and meditate on these words, and the Holy Spirit will enlighten your eyes, so that you will have power to do God’s will. Let your fellowship with the Father and with the Lord Jesus Christ have as its one aim and object - a life of quiet, determined, unquestioning obedience.
- Andrew Murray