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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 January 25, 2016 in Galatians


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Who are the Children of Abraham?

The Jews, by virtue of their being the physical descendants of Abraham are his children in the natural sense. However, the Scriptures speak of a sense in which Abraham’s natural descendents are not necessarily his children, unless they act as he acted. Paul makes this argument in Galatians, chapter three, by concluding that all people, whether Jew or gentile, are children of Abraham only if they believe God. In other words, since Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness, only the righteous or those who believe God are Abraham’s children in the spiritual sense. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 31, 2015 in Gospel, Law


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Paul’s Theology and the Children of Abraham

“Who are the children of Abraham?” It seems this was a question under discussion in the ministry of John the Baptist (Matthew 3:9; Luke 3:8), as well as that of Jesus (John 8:39), but although there are implications in the Gospel narratives, Paul defines the doctrine more vividly than what is found in the Gospel accounts. For Paul, Abraham’s children are those who believe God, just as Abraham believed God. They are not necessarily, in the spiritual sense, those who are physically descended from Abraham, although his physical descendants must ultimately be dealt with. The question is, however, where did Paul get this idea, since he was never one of John’s or Jesus’ disciples? Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on March 6, 2011 in Gospel, Paul


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