Galatians – A Poem for Children

by Austin Thompson

Author’s Note: Parents are commanded to diligently teach the Word of God to their children (Deut 6:7, Eph 6:4). Poetry is one way that God effectively communicates truth to His people (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations). The following poem is intended to summarize the main themes of a biblical book to help children learn, internalize, and retain the truth of God’s Word.

Paul, an apostle through Christ and not men,
To Him be the glory forever, Amen.

I wish you could see the shock on my face,
As you desert God and His gospel of grace.

Return to the Word that you received first,
For all who preach otherwise will be accursed.

The gospel I preach is not man’s, nor mine,
The source of the gospel of Christ is divine.

God set me apart before time began,
That I should preach Christ in accord with His plan.

Many years later I went to be sure,
The gospel we taught among Gentiles was pure.

Message confirmed, I held fast to the Way,
Confronting the brothers who had gone astray.

For works of the Law cannot justify — 
Only true faith in the Lord Jesus Christ!

Abraham’s children are those who believe,
So that Spirit and blessing we might receive.

The Law can’t give life, or void what God swore:
A covenant ratified ages before.

It was a guardian until Christ came,
Now all, in salvation, are one and the same.

Redeemed from the Law by God’s only son,
Adopted as children of the free woman.

As children of promise, live and be free!
Don’t submit again to your old slavery.

Use freedom to love, and not to defraud,
Walk diligently by the Spirit of God.

Restore others gently, watch for deceit,
For whatever one sows he is sure to reap.

We boast in the cross and not in the flesh,
May the grace of our Lord be with you afresh.

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