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Stand Fast in Liberty

Paul begins the fifth chapter of his epistle with the idea that it is Jesus who has made us free from sin, and we should stand firm in that freedom and not seek freedom from sin by any other means. Jesus told us that the truth will make us free (Galatians 5:1; John 8:32). However, he later proclaimed that he is not only the Truth but also our Way and our Life, and no one is able to come to the Father except through him, i.e. Jesus (John 14:6). This is what Paul has been trying to get across to the Galatians. It is Christ alone who sets us free from sin (John 8:36), and if it is he who frees us from sin, then our righteousness also comes by Jesus (Romans 6:18). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2015 in Gospel, Law

 

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What Was to Become of Holiness?

If circumcising the gentiles, i.e. requiring that they become Jews, is not the answer for holiness within the Body of Christ, what is? As I claimed in my previous blog-post, what was at stake in the Jerusalem Council was “…nothing less than the superiority of Jesus Christ as our Mediator over of the Law.” It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize, that once the gentiles began believing in Jesus, what was once an exclusive Jewish movement/church would become a predominantly gentile body. The Jews looked to the Law to tell them what sinful behavior was, and thereby sinful activity could be reasonably held in check if not avoided. What do gentiles, coming out of an ungodly pagan tradition, have to help them recognize sin for what it is? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Gospel, Holy Spirit

 

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