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The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

Right knowledge requires a right foundation and worldview upon which to base understanding. A reverence and honor for the LORD God who created the heavens and earth and sent His Son into the world to redeem us is the beginning of true knowledge, but many despise and neglect the wisdom and instruction which God gives us in the Bible.

LORD God, grant that I read and study Your Word and honor You as my Creator and my Redeemer. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. Unto the Galatians written from Rome. Galatians 6:18

Writing from Rome, this closing benediction of St. Paul to the believers in the churches of Galatia (a Roman province in what is now Turkey) expresses the will of the apostle that the believers there continue in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and not be persuaded by the errors of those advocating circumcision and a return to the worship laws and ceremonies of Old Testament Israel.

O God, graciously keep us in the true faith and protect us from the errors of those who would bring us back into bondage under the law. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Galatians 6:16-17

Those who hold to the teaching of salvation through faith alone and by grace alone for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ and His innocent sufferings and death on the cross receive God’s mercy and the peace of sins forgiven and are the true Israel of God. The true Israel holds to this teaching even though it brings persecution from those who advocate circumcision and the keeping of the worship laws of the Old Testament.

Grant that I trust in Thee alone, O Christ, and not yield for a moment to the pressures of those who advocate a return to the law for our salvation. Amen.

[Scrpture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. Galatians 6:14-15

Only in Jesus Christ and His cross can we sinners be saved. Being circumcised or uncircumcised will avail us nothing before God. What matters is being brought to faith in Christ and His sacrifice on the cross for the sins of the world and being regenerated by the gracious working of the Holy Spirit.

Grant that I trust in Thee alone, O Lord, and not look to the corrupt works of my flesh but to that which You work in me through the hearing of Your life-giving Word. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. Galatians 6:12-13

There are many who seek to turn believers away from Christ and salvation through faith alone in His atoning sacrifice for sin to circumcision and works of the law which even they themselves are unable to keep. Rather than suffer persecution for holding fast to Christ and His redeeming work, they set aside God’s grace in Christ and glory in their own faulty works of the flesh.

Grant, O Christ, that I trust solely in You and Your sacrifice for sin and not add to Your finished work the flawed works of the flesh. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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