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How Victory Is Won

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The New Testament uses the word nikao (G3528) and its derivatives, nike (G3529) and nikos (G3534) in order to show us how we gain victory in our walk with Christ. We overcome (nikao) the world through the blood of Christ (Revelation 12:11), because Christ has overcome the world, and has given us the victory through his death and resurrection. Moreover, although our victory is a gift (1Corinthians 15:57 – nikos), we come to it after many struggles, but we overcome them, because greater is he who is in us than he who is in the world (1John 4:4; Luke 11:22). Victory over the world is attained as we place our trust in Christ (1John 5:4-5 – nike). Finally, victory comes to us wholly when our mortality is swallowed up by eternal life (1Corinthians 15:54 – nikos), which is attained at our death (2Corinthians 5:1-4) or when Christ returns (1Corinthians 15:51-53). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 22, 2016 in Galatians

 

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War Between the Flesh and the Spirit

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Walking in the Spirit is a matter of choice, but it is more complicated than simply a matter of choice. To begin with, the flesh is at war with the Spirit (Galatians 5:17). In other words, the flesh or the natural man (1Corinthians 2:14) will not embrace the things of the Spirit, because spiritual matters are foolishness to the natural order of things—or how the natural man (viz. the spirit of man) understands his world. The natural man compares physical evidence with physical evidence in order to draw his conclusions, but the spiritual man compares spiritual matters with spiritual matters (1Corinthians 2:13). The natural man has no frame of reference in spiritual matters, because they are spiritually discerned, i.e. they are understood through the Spirit of God which is given to believers (cf. 1Corinthians 2:14 and Galatians 5:17). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2016 in Galatians

 

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Paul’s Third Argument with Peter

Crucified with Christ

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One of the biggest problems of the first century Church was, and it still is today, understanding how we become righteous before God. How is a just God able to justify sinners? In our world those who break the law must be punished in accordance with that law. Some are punished with their lives, while others receive community service for minor infractions, but most receive a jail sentence for greater crimes against society. Often, after they have paid their debt to society, former criminals are not trusted by those among us who have never committed a crime. Yet, we are told that all men, no matter how grave the sin or crime, can be forgiven and justified by God. What would such a thing look like? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2016 in Galatians

 

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How Do We Overcome the World?

Blood of the Lamb

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According to Galatians 1:4, Paul claims that Christ has delivered us from this present evil world. This is the true Gospel, and anything or anyone that places us back in the world would be a false gospel or a false prophet. Notice that through the Gospel we receive grace and peace from God our Father and Jesus our Messiah (Genesis 1:3), and in this God is glorified (Genesis 1:5). Contrariwise, God’s grace and peace cannot be enjoyed, if we are in the world, and, if this is our position, then God is not glorified in our behavior, no matter how righteous looking that behavior seems to be. In other words, God is glorified in our behavior in Christ (Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:13, see Philippians 2:11), but he is not glorified in our behavior in the world, from which Christ has delivered us according to the Gospel. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2015 in Paul

 

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Paul’s Gospel

Paul's Gospel

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A few years ago I published my understanding of Paul’s Gospel, while I was going through the Book of Acts for the second time: What Was Paul’s Gospel? In this blog-post I wish to offer the same point of view from a different perspective. In the first chapter of Galatians Paul offers a glimpse of the Gospel he preached to the gentiles. Although it was somewhat different from that preached by the Twelve, in essence it was the very same Gospel preached at Jerusalem. Notice that in Galatians 1:4 Paul says that he preached that Christ gave himself for our sins in order that we might be delivered from this world. In a nutshell, this is the Gospel, and, as I hope to show here, it was the Gospel preached in Jerusalem, minus the Jewish traditions that the Apostles preached Jews should obey, just as Paul preached gentiles should obey the authorities who governed them. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2015 in Galatians

 

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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 January 30, 2015 in Gospel, Law

 

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