Meditations for Good Friday

Meditation on St John’s account of Jesus’ crucifixion St John describes the crucifixion very briefly. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others – one on each sideContinue reading “Meditations for Good Friday”

Galatians 6: 11 – 18 Not circumcision but the new creation

Galatians 6: 11 – 18 Not circumcision but the new creation See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand! Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid beingContinue reading “Galatians 6: 11 – 18 Not circumcision but the new creation”

Galatians 5: 13 – 26 Life by the Spirit

Galatians 5: 13 – 26 Life by the Spirit You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one commandment: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ If you biteContinue reading “Galatians 5: 13 – 26 Life by the Spirit”

Galatians 5: 1 – 12 Freedom in Christ

Galatians 5: 1 – 12 Freedom in Christ It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value toContinue reading “Galatians 5: 1 – 12 Freedom in Christ”

Galatians 3: 23 – 29 and 4: 1 – 7 Children of God

Galatians 3: 23 – 29 and 4: 1 – 7 Children of God Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith.Continue reading “Galatians 3: 23 – 29 and 4: 1 – 7 Children of God”

Galatians 3: 1 – 14 Faith or works of the law

Galatians 3: 1 – 14 Faith or works of the law You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what youContinue reading “Galatians 3: 1 – 14 Faith or works of the law”

Galatians 1: 1 – 10 No other gospel

Galatians 1: 1 – 10 No other gospel Paul, an apostle – sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead – and all the brothers and sisters with me, To the churches in Galatia: Grace and peace to you from GodContinue reading “Galatians 1: 1 – 10 No other gospel”

2 Thessalonians 1: 1 – 12 Thanksgiving and prayer

2 Thessalonians 1: 1 – 12 Thanksgiving and prayer Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightlyContinue reading “2 Thessalonians 1: 1 – 12 Thanksgiving and prayer”

1 Thessalonians 5: 12 – 28 Final instructions

1 Thessalonians 5: 12 – 28 Final instructions Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urgeContinue reading “1 Thessalonians 5: 12 – 28 Final instructions”

Acts 4: 32 – 37 The believers share their possessions

Acts 4: 32 – 37 The believers share their possessions All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace wasContinue reading “Acts 4: 32 – 37 The believers share their possessions”