The primary message of Christianity is not that the world must follow the teaching of Jesus. Although He was the greatest moral teacher. The central message of Christianity is not that the world must act the way Jesus acted. Although He was perfect in every action and example. The primary message of Christianity is that God […]
As Paul continues to describe what Christian community is meant to look like, he turns to the agricultural picture of sowing and reaping. Seeding and harvesting. What does a gospel-community sow small, in order to reap large? What are good seeds? And where do we sow them?
When a Christian is caught up in wrongdoing, trapped by sin (and we all will be at times) – Paul says in Galatians chapter 6 that it is the duty of fellow Christians, in the community of the church, to gently restore that broken life and to lift that heavy burden. Are we lifting?
What does the normal Christian life look like? Moving on from his earlier doctrinal and theological arguments, in the final chapters of Galatians the Apostle Paul turns to illustrating what the Christian life is like. The key to chapters 5 and 6 is to remember that Paul simply wants to be helpful to his Christian […]
The letter to the Galatians is a letter about freedom. No doubt about it. The good news of Jesus sets us free from futile attempts to justify ourselves through religion. It sets us free from the bondage of sin. It sets us free from human-centered systems of power, and much more. But after several arguments for […]
In Galatians chapter 4, and in other letters the Apostle Paul uses surprisingly feminine language to express his deepest feelings for those he loves in the church. Where does the motherly heart of Paul come from? The Apostle is hardly one we would expect to speak of his “pains of childbirth”, and “nursing children”. But this is a […]
Adoption is the highest privilege that the gospel offers: higher even than justification… To be right with God the Judge is a great thing, but to be loved and cared for by God the Father is greater. – J.I. Packer, Knowing God
What if everything you were taught in life was only half-true? That beneath all the normal ways you have structured and ordered your life there was a subtle but critical mistake? If you discovered that mistake you might look back and realize that you were “held captive” under that mistake for all those years. Or […]
The Apostle Paul has done a convincing job of arguing for the superiority of faith in Jesus over our human works of the Law or religion. his argument is so convincing, in fact, that it leaves an obvious question. What then was the purpose of the Law? If it could not make us righteous, why did God give […]
God made a promise to Abraham, over 600 years before the Law. It is on that promise that Abraham believed, and was made right before God. As we continue in the letter to the Galatians the Apostle Paul shows them (and us) that the promise of God is superior in every way to our own […]
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