Thought for Today 8/5/20

In that resurrection morning, when the Sun of Righteousness shall appear in the heavens, shining in all his brightness and glory, he will come forth as a bridegroom; he shall come in the glory of his Father, with all his holy angels. That will be a joyful meeting of this glorious bridegroom and bride indeed. […]

Galatians 5:13-15

Paul shifts gears.  After spending almost the entire letter defending the gospel from the heresy of the false teachers and laying out a case for freedom in Christ versus slavery to the Law, he now elaborates on what it means to live in the freedom he defends.  He wants to make sure his readers understand […]

Galatians 5:1-12

Paul takes his argument up a notch.  He desperately wants the Galatians to understand the seriousness of what they consider.  He says if they continue in their wrong theology they will be severed from Christ and fallen from grace.  Christ died for the very reason that mankind would no longer be required to be in […]

Galatians 4:21-31

This passage is all about freedom but it is addressed to those who want to be slaves.  The first verse shows who Paul directs it to – you who want to be under law.  He goes on to use a somewhat hard-to-understand illustration to show that it is only the believer in Christ who is […]

Galatians 4:12-20

Paul continues his argument against the false teachers’ theology but now makes his pleas personal.  After telling the Galatians in verse 11 that he fears his work with them was in vain, he now reminds them how eagerly they accepted the gospel when he preached it to them.  He asks if they remember how they […]

Galatians 4:1-11

In this text Paul expands on his point from verses 24-26 in Chapter 3.  The Law was a guardian that led us to Christ, but now that Christ has come we are no longer under the authority of the guardian.  We are free.  We are sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ.  And as […]

Galatians 3:23-29. Free in Christ, One in Christ

After explaining salvation from Abraham to Moses to Christ, Paul now further examines the purpose of the Law – an analysis he started in verse 19 – and contrasts what it is to be under it compared to being in Christ.  The Law is a prison and a disciplinarian and is not intended as a […]

Galatians 3:15-22

Now that he has established that Abraham was justified by faith and that the true heirs of Abraham are those who believe as he did, Paul now turns to the Law’s effect on God’s promise to Abraham (all nations shall be blessed in you) and the Law’s purpose.  He anticipates the false teachers’ response to […]

Thou Shalt Know the Ten Commandments

If you’re a believer, you should know the Ten Commandments.  You should have them committed to memory.  You should know them well enough that you can rehearse them easily and quickly.  At the end of this post I’ll give you a shortcut method for learning them so you can recite what is the summary of […]

Galatians 3:6-14

In verses 1-5 of Chapter 3 Paul argued for the truth of the gospel based on the experience of the Galatians when he originally preached to them; i.e., they believed and received the Spirit before anyone told them they had to keep the Law to be saved.  Beginning in verse 6 Paul makes the case […]