The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
As he concludes the letter to the Galatians, the apostle Paul reminds them that Jesus’ cross is what brings persecution (Galatians 6.12). Those who seek to avoid persecution by keeping the Law and downplaying the free grace given by Jesus depart from the Christian faith because they are not able to keep the Law. As a result, all Paul’s boasting is in Christ, never in his own works.
He reviews a few of the points he has been making throughout the letter, then asks that God’s grace be upon those he has so sternly chastised.
I pray that the grace of God will be evident in and through each of my readers. I’m going to give these notes a brief rest while I decide where to go next. Drop me a note in the comments if you have a portion of Scripture you’d like me to walk through.
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