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Emmanuel—God with Us!

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Did you ever watch a little child watching you or as the child watched someone else?[1] I remember watching my little girl, my firstborn daughter, watching my hands as I ate a meal. Carefully, she took her plastic fork and tried to hold it like I did mine. It wasn’t exact, of course, but she was trying to eat just like me. I remember the thrill in her face when she took her first steps; again, she wasn’t as steady on her feet as her Mom or I, but that did come later, after much practice and many falls. She was never discouraged, but seeing others walk caused her to want to use her feet in the same manner for mobility rather than crawling on the floor. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 23, 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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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; cp. 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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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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The Gospel Was Preached to Abraham

Abraham Sacrifices Isaac

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Continuing his argument from the point of Scripture, Paul tells us that the Gospel was preached to Abraham (Galatians 3:8). Is this true, and, if so, where do we see the Gospel, which Paul preached in the New Testament, given to Abraham? We find it in Genesis, the twenty-second chapter where Abraham was willing to offer up Isaac, his only son, as a sacrifice to God (Genesis 22:1-2, 18). God promised to bless all nations through Abraham and these blessings came only through Sarah and then through Isaac (Genesis 17:15-16, 19). The ram as a substitute pointed to Christ, and Isaac was received back by Abraham as though he were resurrected (Hebrews 11:17-18). Jesus said that Abraham was able to see his (Jesus) day through this sacrifice (John 8:56) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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Paul’s First Argument with Peter

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Paul tells us in Galatians 2 that, while Peter was staying at Antioch, Paul confronted him over an incident that developed over a visit from men sent by James. It may be that after the death of James, the brother of John, in Acts 12 that Peter fled to Antioch, a place out of the jurisdiction of King Herod Agrippa. While Peter was there he had no problem eating with his gentile brethren. However, everything changed, when the men from James arrived. Presumably, they had been sent to alert the Christian communities among the gentiles (viz. at Antioch and the churches in Galatia) that the predicted famine (cp. Acts 11:27-29) had arrived and Jerusalem’s reserves for the poor were dangerously low. They needed help. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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Paul and the Men of Reputation

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Who were the men of reputation, and why were they so called (Galatians 2:2; cp. verse-9 where they are called pillars)? Those named were James[1] (the Lord’s brother), Peter and John, but there could have been others, but these three were specifically called ‘pillars’ in the Church community. They were called men of reputation, because they were the leaders of the Jerusalem Church. They were called pillars by Paul because they were the supporters and the guardians of the truth of the Gospel (cp. 1Timothy 3:15). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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