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Contending with John

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It might be significant that immediately before the Jewish authorities’ argument with John’s disciples in John 3:25 that we are told John was not yet cast into prison (John 3:24). Personally, I believe that it is very significant. In fact, I believe the Jewish authorities, in this case probably the Pharisees (John 1:24) are directly responsible for John’ imprisonment. They may have brought along the Herodians (cf. Mark 3:6; 12:16) and got John (or his disciples) to speak against the adulterous marriage of Herod Antipas and Herodias. Once John could be accused of speaking out against Herod, that he was in an adulterous affair, the Herodians could have gone to Herodias to tell her, and she would have gotten Antipas to arrest John. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Circumcission

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When he was eight days old, Jesus underwent the ceremony of circumcision (Luke 2:21). The ritual was first instituted in the days of Abraham (Genesis 17:9-14) and was commanded by God (Genesis 17:10). Its purpose was to define who was related to God as far as the promises were concerned. Those who were circumcised were called the people of God, while those who were not were cut off from God’s people and rejected. That is, the promises wouldn’t apply to them. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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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 (cf. 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 January 22, 2016 in Galatians

 

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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 January 20, 2016 in Galatians

 

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Living Under the Curse of the Law

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According to the word of God, a curse is not simply a wish for harm but contains the power in itself to inflict that harm. The Law forbids anyone to curse the leader of his people (Exodus 22:28). The phrase immediately before cursing one’s leader is “you shall not revile the gods”. The term gods refers to our rulers (cf. Psalm 82), and we are told that reviling or speaking disgracefully of one’s leader is the same as cursing him. This sort of thing, if done to one’s parents was punishable with death (Exodus 21:17), and to do so toward God was considered blasphemy, and the offender was to be stoned (Leviticus 24:11, 14). Job’s wife told him to curse God and die (Job 2:9). In other words, if he wanted to be relieved of his suffering, all he had to do was curse or revile God, and God would take his life. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2016 in Galatians

 

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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 January 15, 2016 in Galatians

 

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Paul’s Scriptural Argument

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It had always been known that salvation would come to the gentiles, because it had been promised to Abraham that in him all nations would be blessed. Because Abraham is the father of the Jewish nation, it was put forth by the Judaizers that the gentile Galatians could be saved only by their becoming Jews. The reasoning was that, because the Jews point to Abraham as their father, and the gentiles would be blessed through him, the blessing could occur only if the gentiles became Jews. By identifying with God through circumcision, which God had given Abraham, they would become Jews and be subject to the Law of Moses, just as Jews. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2016 in Galatians

 

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