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When There Is No Freedom

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What is the believer’s responsibility when his freedom is taken away? This can occur, if one is forced into servitude (slavery), when one nation conquers another, when powerful, unmerciful men are in authority in civil and commercial institutions and one might add other examples. What is a Christian to do under such circumstances? I believe both Peter and Paul offer reasonable solutions to these questions when they speak of the haustafel codes pertaining to servants or slaves. While it may not be a popular solution in our modern society, we need to remember the New Testament speaks to those who have freely chosen to follow Christ, and such a choice involves bearing wrongful treatment without complaint. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Life in Adam and Life in Christ

adam-and-christIt was during these days (cf. Mark 3:6-14; Luke 6:11-13 – i.e. the Feast of Tabernacles), that Jesus withdrew to meet with his Father in solitude on a mountain. After praying all night, he chose his twelve apostles from the disciples following him (Luke 6:12-16). It was at this time that he taught them what is summarized in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5, 6 & 7). After coming down the mount he met a multitude and healed them of all their diseases. In doing so, Jesus began to repeat key phrases of the sermon here on the plane, teaching the disciples through his works what he had told them on the mountain (Luke 6:17-49). [1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Is the Word of God Meant to Be Eternal?

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We who believe the word of God often think that, because the Bible says something is true or ought to be done, that this should settle the question.[1] However, would it make sense to us, and I’m questioning Christians at this point—would it make sense to us today to actually stone Sabbath-breakers (Exodus 35:2)? If a Christian plays football, would he be unclean until evening, because he was handling the hide of a pig (Leviticus 11:7-8)? Should divorce be permitted or should we stone those who engage in adulterous relationships (Deuteronomy 22:21-24)? If the Law of Moses was meant to be a moral code, isn’t every Christian bound not only to believe but also to carry out its moral values (cf. James 2:18, 24)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2015 in apologetics

 

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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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The Battle for the Good News

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The question at this point is: why is circumcision (or anything we do) unable to make us right with God (Galatians 5:6; cf. 3:10, 21)? Just as the wages we earn have nothing to do with being a gift we receive, so circumcision or anything we do can have nothing to do with making us right before God, because righteousness is imputed (i.e. it is a gift), and what we do looks for a wage (reward for services rendered). It is Christ who makes us righteous (through grace, a gift), and we can only trust it is so, just as we trust that any gift we receive is entirely a gift—no strings attached. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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Standing Fast in Liberty

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At this time Paul takes us from theology to ethics, from dogma to living out one’s faith. What would our being devoted to God, yet living without the Mosaic Law, look like? If the Mosaic Law is discarded as a premise for Christian conduct, what would happen to moral living? This was the problem that the New Testament Church had to answer, because it was, no doubt, put to us by both the legalists who opposed the believer’s posture, and the legalists who were genuinely interested in the answer. If law takes away real freedom, how does one keep from embracing the opposite extreme of living so freely that one becomes addicted to lust, greed, wrath and the like? Obviously, such behavior also takes away true freedom. The answer to this dilemma lies in maintaining the image of Christ within us, which is kept through faith as we shall see. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 30, 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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