Category: Galatians

Why Christianity Is So Offensive

Gal. 5:10–11, “I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view than mine, and the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is. But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed.” The apostle Paul must have been a big sports fan, because he often used illustrations taken from the world of athletics. In his letters he mentions ancient games such as boxing, wrestling, and especially track and field. Paul often thought of the Christian life...

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Justification and Freedom

Galatians 5:1-6, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accept circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision...

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Two Mothers, Two Sons, Two Covenants

Gal. 4:24–26, “Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.” It is sometimes said that there are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into two kinds of people, and those who don’t! Apparently, the apostle Paul was former category, for he divided the whole world into...

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The Testimony of Affliction

“You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first,  and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus (Galatians 4:13-14).” Apostle Paul shared the gospel of Jesus Christ, our Risen Savior, as a result of his illness. This was likely not a mission trip that Paul had his heart set on going on. Still, Paul shared the great light of the world, even from his dark place of affliction. If only we...

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From Slavery to Sonship

Gal. 4:3–5, “In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” In the spring of 1999, the duke and duchess of Northumberland went to court to block their son from inheriting his fortune when he turned eighteen. Their son, the young Earl Percy, was only fourteen years old at the time, and his...

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