Galatians 3:1-5

Paul moves from discussing his own experience and justifying his credentials to reminding the Galatians of what they heard and believed when he was with them.  He asks them about their experience with the gospel and how that affects their theology today.  He makes it very clear to them that he is horrified and incredulous […]

Galatians 2:15-21

Justification is an instantaneous legal act of God in which He thinks of our sins as forgiven and Christ’s righteousness as belonging to us, and declares us to be righteous in His sight. A right understanding of justification is absolutely crucial to the whole Christian faith.  Once Martin Luther realized the truth of justification by […]

Galatians 2:11-14

Paul ends the autobiographical section of the letter and the defense of his ministry with a story about confronting Peter.  The purpose of telling the Galatians about this event is to demonstrate again the freedom that is theirs in the gospel and also to demonstrate for a final time his independence from and equality with […]

Galatians 2:1-10

Paul continues to defend his message from the criticism of the false teachers – criticism that says he is a second-rate apostle who simply distorts the gospel he was given by the real apostles in Jerusalem.  He has already told the Galatians that during the first years after his conversion he spent very little time […]

Galatians 1:11-24

Paul begins a defense of his apostleship and teaching.  Apparently the false teachers have not only questioned his status as an apostle but have cast doubt on the origins of his teaching.  They have said he is just a weak imitation of the Jerusalem apostles – Peter, James, John – and that his gospel message […]

Galatians 1:6-10

Paul gets right to the point.  The Galatians are in danger of leaving the faith and falling into apostasy.  They have accepted a different teaching and Paul cannot believe it.  He has no time for further introduction or for asking after their general welfare.  He wants to make them understand their eternity is at stake.  […]

II Samuel 15 – Absalom Rebels (how to respond to a trial)

One of the great things about studying the life of David is seeing his extreme humanness.  He’s a man after God’s own heart but he’s also a man who sometimes forgets that as he follows his own.  Depending on the chapter, the reader of II Samuel sees David at his best and worst.  In our […]

II Samuel 13 – The Rape of Tamar

My wife reads through the Bible annually.  She selects a reading plan every January 1 and goes through the whole Bible – has done it for years.  It’s something she’s committed to and feels very strongly about (and something she convinced me to start too – I’m on my third year).  When I say she […]

II Samuel 12:1-25

David’s life can be split neatly into two parts: his life as told in I Samuel as the up and coming warrior, outlaw and leader of men, and his life as told in II Samuel as King of Israel.  His life as King can then be split into another two parts: his life before Bathsheba […]

II Samuel 11

Nothing prepares us for the story in II Samuel 11.  In the chapters leading up to it, there is no mention of David starting to wane in his devotion to the Lord or of him becoming enamored with the power and prestige of being a successful and beloved king.  Most everything in David’s story, as […]