Galatians

The Cross Stands for Strength

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Galatians 6:14

It is said that in Japanese culture the tree stands for strength. 

Trees are mentioned in the Bible in various connections. The thought of strength and durability is suggested in Isaiah's reference to the believers as "oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD" (Isaiah 61:3). Fruit-bearing trees are symbols of spiritually productive Christians

Now is the Time

Now is the time of God's favour, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

A man who writes a column in the St. Louis daily newspaper stated, after he had been baptized as an adult: "I wish I had received spiritual training when young. I believe it would have given me a better moral and ethical base from which to govern my life; I would have avoided many of the pitfalls of ego and arrogance." 

The Debts are Paid

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. Galatians 3:13

What shall a country do when prisons overflow with convicts? It is said that England, by the year 1789, had deported to Australia 160,000 people with prison records. Some had been imprisoned because they couldn't pay their debts. In the new world they could get another start. 

Christian Virtues

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

Seven is a holy number in the Bible. The prophet Isaiah refers to the seven gifts of the Spirit (Isaiah 11:2-3). Wisdom is said to have seven pillars (Proverbs 9:1). The writer of Proverbs lists seven sins that the Lord detests (Proverbs 6:16-19). These references may have been the basis for the medieval church's distinction between the seven vices and seven virtues.