Together in Christ: 'Rescued to Bless' — Galatians 1:3-5

Thursday, June 23, 2022

May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.
— Galatians 1:3-5 NLT

Key Thought

We live in troubled times. How do we find grace and peace in such a troubled and broken world?

As Paul begins his letter to the people of Galatia, he prays for them to have grace and peace. He wants them — and us — to know that Jesus gave His life so we could have this grace and peace. [1] He died to rescue us from the destructiveness of evil and our inability to eradicate Satan's destructive power through their law-centered and performance-based religion. [2] God wanted us to discover His gifts of grace, love, mercy, and pardon, saving us from sin, evil, death, and hell. Our Father sent the Son to liberate us from the tyranny of trying to earn our salvation by our good works. He freed us to do good works in response to the grace we have received and the power of the Holy Spirit to transform us to become like Jesus. [3]

Paul repeatedly demonstrated the gift we share when we pray for God to bless our brothers and sisters with grace and peace. Paul often reminded his fellow believers of their source of grace: Jesus and His sacrifice. He acknowledged that the world is a hard and evil place but insisted that this world did not have to claim us. Jesus paid our ransom price. We are His, and He made us new and righteous, liberating us from the power of Satan, sin, death, and hell. [4]

We've been given the gifts of grace and peace. What is our response to such good news? We give glory to God, Who made this possible. [5] And, the Father wants us to pass on this grace and peace we have received by praying for it to come to others, just as Paul so often did. [6]

[1] Acts 13:39; Romans 8:1-4.
[2] Colossians 1:13-14.[3] Ephesians 2:1-10; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18.
[4] 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.
[5] Ephesians 1:3-14.
[6] Romans 1:7, 16:20; 1 Corinthians 1:6, 16:23-24; 2 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Ephesians 1:2; Philippians 1:2; Colossians 1:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:2; 1 Timothy 1:1-2; 2 Timothy 1:1-2; Titus 1:1-4; Philemon 1:1-4.

Today's Prayer

Father, I praise for Your gifts of grace and peace and for liberating me from the power of evil to control my life. I thank you, Jesus, for giving Your life so I could find my life in Your love, grace, mercy, and peace. I ask for Your strength and blessing as I commit to passing on Your grace and peace to others as the Holy Spirit empowers me. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
  • Ephesians 2:1-10

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Illustration of Galatians 1:3-5 NLT — May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.

About This Devotional

Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

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