Galatians 4

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.

Read Galatians 4

Commentary.

Gospel is superior to the law.

Analogy of heir and slave in chapter 4 teaches the superiority of the gospel, grace over the law and the principles of the world. The role of the law is to be guardians and trustees while the son, heir was under the age. When the son becomes adult, he is no more under the custody of the guardians.

The gospel is that when the time comes, God send Jesus to redeem all who were under law. As a result of it their status was changed from slave under the law to the sons of God, heir of God, calling God “Abba,” Daddy.

But some Galatians returned to the old way of guardianship of the law, practicing Jewish traditions, following the teaching of Judaizes (v.17), even after they received the gospel(v10), and Apostle Paul concerned about them.

Hagar and Sarah were Abraham’s two women (Genesis 16), who gave birth sons, Ismael and Isaac. Apostle Paul compared them each other to explain the relationship between the law and the gospel. Ismael was the son of the principle of the world, and Isaac was the son of the promise, heir (Genesis 21:12)

Declaration of new status, Apostle Paul states, is this: “we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.” (4:31)

After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.

  • Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
  • Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
  • Live it out through the day.

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