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About Eddie

I am a Christian. I am married to my lovely wife, Kay, for over 40 years. I have enjoyed growing old with her, and look forward to a few more years, if our Lord permits. I am also a father of two daughters, both are married to two wonderful men. My eldest daughter has two children-a girl and a boy, so I am also a grandfather! God has been so kind to let me see both of my daughters fulfilling their dreams while they follow Jesus. I retired from a telecommunications company in 2002, and have never looked back. I have found retirement much more fulfilling than living by another man's schedule. I enjoy studying the Scriptures, reading a good book, blogging, and discussing my faith with folks over the internet who like to discuss matters concerning Jesus. I am also a Sunday school teacher, and have been for over 15 years.

Paul and Zealous Evangelism

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Jesus once revealed that some of the most zealous people in evangelism were those who tragically made their recipients or those who embraced their teaching twice the enemies of the Gospel than the offending teachers were (Matthew 23:15). What a testimony! How can anyone, who believes he is serving God, end up being an enemy of the work of God? I believe Paul addresses this very idea in his argument about relationships in Galatians, the fourth chapter. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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Paul’s Argument of Relationships

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In Galatians 4:12 and following Paul concludes his fifth argument for justification before God coming through faith in Christ and not through keeping the law by again pointing to Abraham. Anyone who shares the faith of Abraham is already his son and heir and doesn’t need to keep the law to make him so, whatever false teachers may say. The law was given as a temporary custodian to prepare the Jews for the coming of Christ, but it was through Christ that both Jew and gentile would receive the blessings God promised to Abraham. The Law was to bring men to Christ by showing them that not only couldn’t they keep its demands, but its very nature tempted them to do those very things it told them not to do. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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The Fullness of Time and the Gospel

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In Galatians 4:4 Paul mentions something called the fullness of time. This was when God sent Jesus into the world. The time of the “coming of Jesus” was predicted 483 years earlier during the time of Daniel, which he records in his 70 Weeks Prophecy (Daniel 9:24-27). It was a time for which God had prepared the world—it was during the Pax Romana when the nations enjoyed relative peace and freedom of travel wasn’t hindered. It was a time when the Greek language was understood throughout the west and in parts of the east, so the Gospel could be understood by many. It was a time when sea travel was safe and roads, built to permit swift military travel throughout the Roman Empire, allowed very good personal travel throughout the civilized world. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Coming of Age in the First Century AD

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Paul uses the practice of both Jewish and gentile children coming of age in the first century AD and likens this with how God treats mankind since the coming of Christ. A Jew came of age or received his bar mitzvah about the age of 12. Similarly, “a Roman child became an adult at the sacred family festival known as the Liberalia, held annually on the seventeenth of March. At this time the child was formally adopted by his father as his acknowledged son and heir and received the toga virilis in place of the toga praetexta, which he had previously worn.”[1] The Roman youth came of age at the time appointed of his father, usually between the ages of 14 and 17. In Galatians 4:9 Paul likens the Galatians’ practice of Judaism as an adult returning to the days of his youth in order to live as they did as children under a guardian. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Paul’s Argument of Maturity

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In Galatians 3:25-29 Paul argues that, as the mature sons of God, we are no longer under our childhood guardian or schoolmaster. After faith has come—that is, after our salvation appears or after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection (the object of our faith)—after this appears, we are no longer under the custodian, which Paul explains is the Law (Galatians 3:25). Rather we are under Jesus in whom we trust. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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What Purpose Did the Law Serve?

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In Galatians 3:19-25 Paul anticipates and answers the question Galatian Jews might have when considering his argument thus far. Namely: what purpose did the Law serve (cp. Galatians 3:19)? Obviously, it had some godly purpose, because for over a millennium the Jewish nation related to God through the Law of Moses. The esteem in which Moses is held among the Jews is probably second only to their honor for Abraham. Moreover, the New Testament concludes that the Law was holy, just and good (Romans 7:12), and that, if life and righteousness have could come through a written code, surely righteousness would have come through the Law of Moses (Galatians 3:21). Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Paul’s Logical Argument

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For Paul’s third argument (Galatians 3:15-18) showing we are saved by faith alone, he changes his approach, saying that he now speaks “in the manner of men.” Paul seems to use logic as a tool to show the Judaizers were wrong in their presentation of legalism as a valid method of Biblical salvation. Logic is a system of deductive reasoning whereby one can assume a conclusion by analyzing the number of principles one knows to be true about a given subject. In this section of chapter three Paul continues his argument of justification by faith alone by showing the logical fallacy of trusting in legalism as a means of obtaining salvation (i.e. justification, sanctification and glorification). Once more, he bases his argument upon our relationship with Abraham. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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