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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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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 February 12, 2016 in Galatians

 

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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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Paul’s Scriptural Argument

God is Faithful

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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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It Is God’s Presence in Us

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Paul continues to build up his first theological argument by questioning the Galatians how they are sanctified or brought to spiritual perfection (Galatians 3:3). His question is rhetorical. The obvious answer is that we are being brought to maturity through faith. We grow in Christ not by works but through our trusting him to guide us in our new life. It is obvious that the works of the Law are fleshy matters in that anything that requires effort on our part is innately physical and therefore a matter of the flesh. On the other hand, trusting Christ is a spiritual matter Faith is not a physical exercise, because it is accomplished by waiting not working. Faith is completely dependent upon someone else to act. Activity is something done by another, not the one who trusts for the thing to be done. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2016 in Galatians

 

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Paul’s Second Argument with Peter

False Brethren

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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 January 4, 2016 in Galatians

 

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The Circumcision Controversy

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Circumcision was a religious ceremony, which was given to Abraham for the purpose of expressing devotion to God. It became the official sign of the covenant between God and the Jewish nation in the time of Moses. Although the rite represented the circumcision of the heart, Paul opposed its requirement for gentile believers, maintaining that all believers are justified before God by faith in Jesus Christ. The rite itself was merely a religious ceremony of Jewish tradition, which had no inherent saving value. What was important was the spiritual meaning of the tradition. Circumcision, which represents our dedication to God, is not a physical matter but spiritual. It is, therefore, a heart issue not something that can be witnessed by one or more of the five senses. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2015 in Galatians

 

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