Luke 2 is really the quintessential Christmas passage. It’s the most complete account of the birth of the Messiah and the text most people associate with Christmas. It’s not, however, simply a story. In Luke’s telling he gives us a picture of how God sovereignly works; of how God is the God of power and […]
Chapter 30 records the conclusion of Moses’ final sermon to Israel. He knows he is very near to the day of his death and so wants to leave the people with the most important things for them to remember. To do so he gives them a glimpse of the future. He shows them that even […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Galatians is considered by most to be Paul’s first epistle. It is likely written to churches he started on his first missionary journey (Acts 13-14). The letter seems to be a response to disturbing reports about new teaching that has infiltrated the churches in Paul’s absence and misled the new converts. False teachers have told […]
Why would anyone who died with Christ to man-centered and effort-based religion live as if the cross didn’t free them at all?
We are free in Christ because of our identification with Him. Sin ultimately has no power over us.
Whatever we experience or understand in this life only has meaning to the extent it is experienced or understood in Christ.
Justification is the single most incredible gift ever given or received.