Galatians 1:6-9 & 2 Timothy 4:1-8
From the Reformer
Jerome thinks that Paul is playing upon the name Galatians, deriving it from the Hebrew word Galath, which means fallen or carried away, as though Paul wanted to say, “You are true Galatians, i.e., fallen away in name and in fact.” Some believe that the Germans are descended from the Galatians. There may be something to that. For the Germans are not unlike the Galatians in their lack of constancy. At first we Germans are very enthusiastic, but presently our emotions cool and we become slack. When the light of the Gospel first came to us many were zealous, heard sermons greedily, and held the ministry of God’s Word in high esteem. But now that religion has been reformed, many who formerly were such earnest disciples have discarded the Word of God, have become sow-bellies like the foolish and inconsistent Galatians.
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
It is an easy observation and sometimes a mark of true conversion, as opposed to what often occurs in altar call Christianity: when people are truly born again, they are on fire for the Lord. They read their Bibles, perhaps memorizing portions; they want to be in worship and study; they make use of the means of grace; they tell others about Jesus.
It is an equally easy observation that unless one keeps in God’s Holy Word, he soon cools off and our Lord’s commission (Mat 28:19-20) is forgotten. The Apostle’s admonition is to stay in the Word when others turn from the truth to mere religion. Indeed, he insists that it be proclaimed all the more! Where do you stand with the Lord today? Are you content with religion or are you ready to fulfill your ministry? Have you left your faith in Christ at the altar or are you prepared today to continue following Jesus?