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Jesus—The Big Disappointment!

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Can you imagine the great hopes of the disciples, as they laid their cloaks before Jesus, as he entered Jerusalem during that final Passover season?[1] What joy! What triumph! The leaders of the city were upset and tried to get Jesus to quiet them down, for the whole city was caught up in the moment with cries of: “Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest” (Matthew 21:9), but he told them that praise is perfected when it comes from babes (Matthew 21:15-16). Yet, before the week was out the whole city would be crying “Crucify him! Crucify him!” (Mark 15:13-14). What a surprising end! What a disappointment! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Jesus—Yes!

Jesus--YES

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I find it astonishing when I consider Christianity as we know it, today, and Jesus of the first century CE.[1] Christianity today is politically powerful, and the largest religion on the face of the earth. Yet, in the first century Jesus led a little band of followers (Luke 12:32) and had absolutely no political power, even refused to seize it when the opportunity arose (cp. Matthew 26:50-54; John 18:4-18 and John 18:33-37). There is a strange difference between the great power that has been exercised throughout much of Christianity’s history and Jesus who offered a relatively light burden of responsibility and rest for the souls that submit to him (Matthew 11:28-30). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Jesus

 

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The Authentic Boast

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“Before concluding his letter Paul returns once more to the antithesis of cross and circumcision, setting them forth this time as representing respectively the true and the false ground of boasting, and thus carrying a stage further his polemic against the Judaizers and their way of legal observance (Galatians 5:2-12).”[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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Liberty Has Responsibilities

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Our liberty in Christ (Galatians 5:1) is not simply freedom to do as we please. Our liberty in Christ is true freedom only as we accept the responsibilities that the high cost of freedom brings us. All other so-called expressions of freedom end in slavery or addiction of one sort or another. Liberty in Christ is manifest in the fruit of the Spirit of Christ not a mystical experience. True spirituality is very practical and not so mystical as to be of no earthly good. Paul tells us that, if we follow after the Spirit of Christ, it will be evident in both our relationships and in the manner in which we use our wealth, whether that wealth is our time (life) or our material goods. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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Fulfill the Law of Christ

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Christ tells us that we have responsibilities toward one another (1John 3:16). We are not on our own; Christ is with us (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5). Neither are we alone with respect to one another, for we are called to come to one another’s aid (Luke 22:31-32). No man lives to himself (Romans 14:7); he has responsibilities to others, others have responsibilities toward him. In the world we are made to feel success and failure are personal matters, and each of us bears that responsibility individually or alone. This is not so in Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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How Victory Is Won

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The New Testament uses the word nikao (G3528) and its derivatives, nike (G3529) and nikos (G3534) in order to show us how we gain victory in our walk with Christ. We overcome (nikao) the world through the blood of Christ (Revelation 12:11), because Christ has overcome the world, and has given us the victory through his death and resurrection. Moreover, although our victory is a gift (1Corinthians 15:57 – nikos), we come to it after many struggles, but we overcome them, because greater is he who is in us than he who is in the world (1John 4:4; Luke 11:22). Victory over the world is attained as we place our trust in Christ (1John 5:4-5 – nike). Finally, victory comes to us wholly when our mortality is swallowed up by eternal life (1Corinthians 15:54 – nikos), which is attained at our death (2Corinthians 5:1-4) or when Christ returns (1Corinthians 15:51-53). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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War Between the Flesh and the Spirit

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Walking in the Spirit is a matter of choice, but it is more complicated than simply a matter of choice. To begin with, the flesh is at war with the Spirit (Galatians 5:17). In other words, the flesh or the natural man (1Corinthians 2:14) will not embrace the things of the Spirit, because spiritual matters are foolishness to the natural order of things—or how the natural man (viz. the spirit of man) understands his world. The natural man compares physical evidence with physical evidence in order to draw his conclusions, but the spiritual man compares spiritual matters with spiritual matters (1Corinthians 2:13). The natural man has no frame of reference in spiritual matters, because they are spiritually discerned, i.e. they are understood through the Spirit of God which is given to believers (cp. 1Corinthians 2:14 and Galatians 5:17). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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