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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 January 4, 2016 in Galatians

 

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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 January 1, 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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Paul, the Apostle of God

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From the very beginning of his letter to the Galatians Paul identifies himself as an apostle by Jesus Christ and the Father. He words it this way: “an apostle not of man…” presumably because it had been told the Galatians by Jewish visitors that Paul’s apostleship was given him by one or more of the Twelve, and probably Peter figured prominently in their story. The sense is that if he was ordained by men, Paul couldn’t preach anything new. His Gospel must be the very same as the Gospel preached by those at Jerusalem. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2015 in Galatians

 

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Paul and Spiritual Warfare!

Writing to the Galatians, Paul jumps ahead of his story to fourteen years after his conversion. Now, Paul saw Jesus in 35 CE, immediately following his receiving new orders from the high priest. Caiaphas was put out of that office cir. 35-36CE near the time of the Passover. In any event, Paul would need new arrest warrants to take to the synagogues, showing the high priest, whether Caiaphas or Jonathan, his replacement, sought the synagogue leaders’ assistance in arresting Grecian Messianic Jews there so they could be brought to Jerusalem for judgment (Acts 9:1-2). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2015 in Gospel, Law

 

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The Gospel Cannot Be Hindered

Luke ends his thesis in Acts 28:30-31, showing Paul in his rented house welcoming all—Jews or gentiles—who would come to him, and there he preached the Kingdom of God and those things that concerned the Lord, Jesus Christ, with no one forbidding him. Luke shows us that Paul did this for at least two years, and afterward nothing more is written about Paul or anything further about any of the acts of the Apostles. This, I believe, is meant to be the end of Luke’s thesis. It is not an accident than nothing further is written. Acts has a real ending, and it ends here. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2013 in Gospel, Kingdom of God, Paul in Rome

 

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The Gospel Goes to Europe

Did the Gospel make a huge leap forward in its quest to reach all nations by going to Europe? Well that is a question others wiser than I will have to answer, for it is true both sides of the Aegean Sea shared many similarities, including a common language, similar political governments and religious traditions. Nevertheless Paul and company were called through a vision to specifically preach the Gospel to Macedonia (Acts 16:9-10). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Gospel, Paul's 2nd Missionary Journey

 

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