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Written With My Own Hands

In the book of Galatians, Paul talks primarily concerning the Law, Spiritual Inheritance and justification through Faith. He voices his concerns for the spiritual condition of the Galatians, quotes scripture and delivers the everlasting fruit of the spirit.

However, after all this is written, in the last chapter of Galatians, Paul gives us this scripture

Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.

Galatians 6:11

This essentially means that instead of dictating this portion of the letter, Paul picked up the pen and began writing himself.

This was a custom in his time, that writing letters would be concluded by the writer. 1

It was the equivalent of a personal touch, showing authenticity, almost equivalent to a signature in some ways, as it would differ from the scribes handwriting. You could tell the difference in handwriting, and know what was Paul’s and what was the scribes.

There is something deeply symbolic that I enjoy about this fact. The truth is we should all eagerly write our spiritual signature on the various aspects of our life.

Our custom spiritual signature should be apparent for all to see. Our words should have a great affect on those around us.

What I touch with my hands should be a distinguishing marker compared to anyone else. The effects of Jesus in my life should be so apparent, that when I come in contact with someone, they can tell that I am different.

I pray in my life that my spiritual signature is not hidden away. I hope that it is strong, apparent and resounding.

Sources

  1. https://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2017/2017.04.30

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