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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 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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Let the Name of Jesus be Magnified!

As I turn to the end of Paul’s third missionary journey, I find myself considering the riot that occurred in Ephesus just before Paul left for Macedonia. I had been writing about how Paul’s ministry affected the Jews or believers in God, but now I wish to consider how his ministry affected the world. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Paul's 3rd Missionary Journey

 

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Justification by Faith Alone!

Awhile ago, I had been reading a particular study theme in Lee T. Dahn’s blog showing both the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts have an underlying theme that contrasts the priestly family of Annas with the Priesthood of Christ, the one being corrupt and the other holy. The basic strategy, which I wish to share today, comes as a result of Mr. Dahn’s understanding, which anyone could see if he were to click on the link to his blog above. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Paul's 3rd Missionary Journey

 

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Paul’s Third Missionary Journey

As Paul started out to his next mission field, he began the third journey as he did the second, by passing through Galatia encouraging and strengthening the churches there (Acts 18:22-23). Meanwhile, in Ephesus Aquila and Priscilla became acquainted with Apollos from Alexandria (Acts 18:24-25). He was a spirited and eloquent man preaching out of the Scriptures according to John’s baptism. They instructed Apollos concerning Jesus, showing it was he of whom John had spoken. After his stay in Ephesus, Apollos decided to go over to Achaia and encourage the brethren there, so Aquila and Priscilla sent letters along with him to exhort the Corinthian church to receive him (Acts 18:27-28). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2011 in Paul's 3rd Missionary Journey

 

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To the Unknown God

My last post had Paul going to Athens and leaving his missionary team at Berea. When the brethren left Paul in Athens, he told them to tell Silas and Timothy to make haste to join him there . Meanwhile Paul took note of the altar “To the Unknown God” just outside the city and used it as an introduction to Jesus (Acts 17:23). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2011 in Paul's 2nd Missionary Journey

 

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So, Why Isn’t There a Letter to the Bereans?

Paul left Thessalonica mostly to maintain safety for those who spoke for him before the local authorities. It is possible that Timothy and others in Paul’s company stayed behind to help establish the new church there, but Paul and Silas left for Berea. Later, the rest of the team would have joined Paul there. The Jews in Berea received the word of God and searched the Scriptures to make sure Paul was correct. However, when the Jews in Thessalonica heard about Paul’s work there, they sent representatives to Berea and stirred up the city, so Paul had to make an escape by sea. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in Paul's 2nd Missionary Journey

 

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