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Paul’s Second Argument with Peter

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Obviously, we cannot know who the men from James really were, but in another blog[1] I wrote some time ago I argue that they were probably very notable men, perhaps powerful Jews who worshiped with the brethren at Jerusalem. It is unlikely that either Peter or Barnabas would have been seduced doctrinally. That may have been a problem at Galatia with the new believers, as well as the new gentile believers at Antioch, but Peter and Barnabas were teachers of the word of God. Their seduction came by way of pleasing men. In other words, they were intimidated in the presence of men from James. They changed their behavior, not their doctrinal understanding. They acted hypocritically, that is, not according to what they knew to be correct. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Has the Sabbath Morphed into Sunday?

Most Christians today worship on Sunday, and many of these worshipers call Sunday the Christian Sabbath. Yet, I have not found a single Scripture to support this idea. Am I saying that Christians should return to worshiping on the 7th day rather than Sunday? No—even though the reason we turned to Sunday had more to do with anti-Semitism than the truth, it is done. We do, however, need to be honest about what occurred, admit what we’ve done and move on. We are not under the Law but under Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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What Was to Become of Holiness?

If circumcising the gentiles, i.e. requiring that they become Jews, is not the answer for holiness within the Body of Christ, what is? As I claimed in my previous blog-post, what was at stake in the Jerusalem Council was “…nothing less than the superiority of Jesus Christ as our Mediator over of the Law.” It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize, that once the gentiles began believing in Jesus, what was once an exclusive Jewish movement/church would become a predominantly gentile body. The Jews looked to the Law to tell them what sinful behavior was, and thereby sinful activity could be reasonably held in check if not avoided. What do gentiles, coming out of an ungodly pagan tradition, have to help them recognize sin for what it is? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2012 in Gospel, Holy Spirit

 

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What Was Paul’s Gospel?

According to some, Paul’s Gospel was sufficient as it was, and he had no need of the Apostles at Jerusalem to help formulate his Gospel (Galatians 1:15-17). In fact, Paul almost immediately after meeting Jesus on the way to Damascus, left for Arabia, presumably to collect his thoughts and receive instruction (revelation, cp. verses 11-12 & 15-16) from Jesus, the resurrected Messiah, and didn’t return to Jerusalem until three years after his conversion (Galatians 1:18). What really occurred in those three years? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2012 in Kingdom of God

 

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When Did Paul Return to Jerusalem?

Paul in Jerusalem

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I have yet one more thing to address concerning Paul in Damascus before I go on to discuss his stay in Jerusalem. How long was Saul (Paul) away from Jerusalem? Paul says in Galatians 1:17-18 that he didn’t return to Jerusalem for about 3 years after leaving there to arrest believers at Damascus. Yet, some critics seem to believe that Luke contradicts Paul making it seem like he returns to Jerusalem almost immediately after his conversion. Is this true? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Paul's First Visit to Jerusalem, Textual Criticism

 

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The New Man

Paul concludes his letter to the Galatians by again presenting a final argument from the positions of the party of the circumcision and those who walk in the Spirit. How does one treat someone who has been overcome in a fault? Is he to be excluded, or made to feel he is not measuring up to the standard of what is expected? Of course not, but this is what we do to such a one, if we point to the Law, as our measure of righteousness. That is a conceited method that offers an impossible challenge to one who is already envious of another’s apparently righteous lifestyle (Galatians 5:26). Nevertheless, holding up oneself as a model is a work of self-deception (Galatians 6:3).

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Posted by on March 17, 2010 in Kingdom Life, Religion

 

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How Can One Become Righteous?

Paul argues in Galatians 2 & 3 that righteousness cannot come through good works. One is made righteous by God; one cannot become righteous through what one does. We are by nature sinners and the Law cannot change that. The Law is like a medical doctor in that it cannot give life, but it can preserve life from deteriorating at too rapid a rate. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2010 in Gospel, Religion

 

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Luke’s Birth Account of Jesus

unto us a child is born

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If Luke is writing to the then current high priest of the Jews, the stories he tells of Jesus would have to be important to his overall theme, which is to convict Theophilus of the sins of the priesthood, repent and accept the Gospel of the Kingdom, which offers Jesus as Savior through his crucifixion and resurrection. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2010 in Gospel, Religion

 

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