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4. As Paul carries on (v. 2), he poses an obvious question which the Galatians seem to have overlooked: had they received the Spirit by keeping law-works like circumcision or by hearing about Jesus Christ faithfully fulfilling the law for them? Had the Spirit come upon the church under the dispensation of the law/O.T. from Moses or under the dispensation of faith/grace/N.T. from Jesus Christ? JOH 1:14, 17 c/w ROM 3:21.
A. The dispensation of the Law wound down with the dawning of the N.T. gospel ...
Having reminded them of the doctrine to which they had been initially converted, the precedent established at the Jerusalem council and the error of Peter at Antioch, Paul now directs his rebuke at the Galatians. In the light of such evidence and their own experience, how could they so easily be drawn into the designs of the Judaizers? It is a concern of the man of God that serious labors to show men the way of truth are received with apparent shallowness and that without constant ...
I. love: That disposition or state of feeling with regard to a person which (arising from recognition of attractive qualities, from instincts of natural relationship, or from sympathy) manifests itself in solicitude for the welfare of the object, and usually also in delight in his or her presence and desire for his or her approval; warm affection, attachment.
II. Preliminary thoughts.
A. Why should you care if God loves you or not, as long as He lands you in heaven for eternity?
1. You would be ali...
V. Beware the evil eye of envy that sees the advantage of another and cannot abide by it. MAT 6:23; 20:15.
A. Saul’s envy was noted by, “...And Saul eyed David...” (1SAM 18:8-9).
B. “Envy is the devil’s eye, as hypocrisy is the devil’s cloven foot.” (Unknown)
C. Beware of the “unfair” claim when it comes to God’s expectations or favor. JOH 21:20-22.
D. Envy of the valid advantage of another (the favor of God, success by merit, inheritance, etc.) is one thing. But it is especially vain to be envious ...
A. envy: trans. To feel displeasure and ill-will at the superiority of (another person) in happiness, success, reputation, or the possession of anything desirable; to regard with discontent another's possession of (some superior advantage which one would like to have for oneself).
B. covetousness: 1. Strong or inordinate desire (of). Obs. 2. Inordinate and culpable desire of possessing that which belongs to another or to which one has no right.
C. emulate: 1. trans. Of persons: To strive ...
6. In vs. 19-21, Paul emphasizes the fact that the law, with all of its ineffective sacrifices, ordinances and impossible requirements (ACT 15:10; GAL 3:10; HEB 10:1-4) had served its purpose, and its purpose was never to produce the righteousness of God in sinners.
A. Sinners might be credited with righteousness for acts of righteousness that conformed to God’s law (DEU 6:24-25) but a nature of sin interrupted by occasional acts of righteousness is NOT the righteousness of God Who “...is righteous in AL...
(1 John 2:18-25)
A. John warns believers about present antichrists and a future antichrist.
1. The prefix, “anti” means: opposite, against, in exchange, instead, representing, rivalling, simulating.
2. The future antichrist will simulate and rival the true Christ. c/w 2TH 2:1-12
3. The future antichrist is called the man of sin, the son of perdition, and that Wicked.
a. Judas Iscariot is called the son of perdition. JOH 17:12
b. Like Judas Iscariot, the antichrist is led by the devil. LUK 22:3-6
D. Much is being made today of “white privilege.”
1. Caution is here needed since the dominance of Western Civilization in the world is at least partially owing to the Spirit of God in directing the gospel of Jesus Christ to regions of light-skinned people.
2. Some of the so-called “privilege” is owing to the effects of the gospel in subduing men’s minds to the love of God and of neighbor.
3. The real issue is not skin but sin. Men will answer to God for their hatred of Jesus Christ, His gospel, His sove...
I. For purposes of this study, the word “sinner” refers to non-elect, unregenerate persons whereas “saint” refers to elect, regenerate persons.
II. Sinners neither do good nor can do good. ROM 3:9-12.
III. Yet Scripture cites numerous examples of sinners choosing good things.
A. Consider the scribes and Pharisees, who were not eternally saved. MAT 23:33.
1. Yet they tithed, which is a good thing commanded in the law of Moses. MAT 23:23.
2. They practiced the rite of circumcision which was given by Moses. ...
F. Thus, saints should desire to BE found in Him having a righteousness “...which is through the faith of Christ” (PHIL 3:9), not their own faith (which is a law-work). EPH 2:8-9.
(1) Compare desire “...to BE found in Him...” (PHIL 3:9) with “...we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might BE justified by the faith of Christ...” (GAL 2:16).
a. Compare the use of the word “be” in GAL 2:16-17 with “be” in 2CO 6:14-18; MAT 5:44-45.
b. These texts are obviously not setting forth conditions to procure sonship...
Brother Dave Ashworth preached a message about singing praises to our God. He addressed the attitude we should have and how hymns should teach us truth as revealed in the scriptures. He examined the hymn "'Twas With An Everlasting Love" line by line and showed the scriptures that teach each of its phrases....
1. Paul here says to Peter, “We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,” (v. 15).
A. Paul is certainly not insinuating that Jews have no sin. c/w ROM 3:9.
B. A contrast is simply being drawn between the Jews to whom pertained the adoption, glory, covenants, law, and promises (ROM 9:4) and the late-comer Gentiles who were “...graffed in among them...” (ROM 11:17) and were spiritually Jews. ROM 2:28-29.
(1) The gospel was first to the Jews informing them of Christ’s justifying work...
I. This scripture contains Israel’s great benediction (The utterance of a blessing; solemn invocation of blessedness upon a person; devout expression of a wish for the happiness, prosperity, or success of a person or enterprise).
A. This was instruction to the priests (Aaron and his sons) to bless Israel.
B. It was a putting on Israel the name of the LORD.
C. What the priests would utter in blessing, God would accordingly bless. v. 27.
D. Mind that this was not a matter of priests telling God what to do so ...
1. A foolish child is a great grief. PRO 10:1; 15:20; 17:21, 25.
A. foolish: Fool-like, wanting in sense or judgement.
B. fool: One deficient in judgement or sense, one who acts or behaves stupidly, a silly person, a simpleton. (In Biblical use applied to vicious or impious persons.)
C. Debating or reasoning with a foolish person yields no rest. PRO 29:9.
2. God, the perfect Parent, has rebellious children. ISA 1:2-5.
A. Who would dare deem God a failure as a parent?
B. If the perfect Parent has rebellious ...
4. As Paul rehearses the determination of the Jerusalem council, he refers to James, Peter (Cephas, JOH 1:42) and John as pillars. v. 9.
A. Pillars are prominent supports in great structures. So it is with the apostles. EPH 2:20; REV 21:14.
B. The man who walks by faith will be made a pillar in God's house. 1JO 5:4-5 c/w REV 3:12; JER 1:18.
C. It is a comfort to the faithful who overcome temptations and trials that, as in times past, the King stands by the pillar. 2KI 11:14; 23:3; ACT 27:23; 2TI 4:17; MAT 2...
3. The events of the Jerusalem council were important and relevant to Paul’s letter. ACT 15:6-29.
A. Peter reminded the church that when he first was sent to the house of Cornelius, God made it very clear to him and his Jewish companions that He had His children among the Gentiles (ACT 15:6-9). God demonstrated His acceptance of believing, uncircumcised (and as yet unbaptized) Gentiles as brethren by giving the Holy Ghost to them as He had done to the Jewish believers at Pentecost. ACT 10:34-35, 44-45; 11:...
A. (1TI 3:16) And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, received up into glory.
1. Paul declares the essence of Christian religion which sets it apart from all other religious systems or philosophies: God became man by an act of His will.
2. All false systems ultimately teach that man becomes God through an act of his will.
a. That proposition was used as an appeal to spiritually alive si...
IV. The notion of a superior race in relationship to God’s righteousness has no biblical basis.
A. The Jews laid heavy emphasis on descent from Abraham (JOH 8:33, 39) but the Holy Spirit negates such a confidence. MAT 3:9.
1. Paul had pure tribal descent from Benjamin (one of the twelve patriarchs of Israel) but affirmed that such a heritage was an inconsequential relic. PHIL 3:4-7.
2. Paul loved his countrymen dearly but knew their race or national identity were no guarantees of exemption from righteous...
V. As bleak as the civil forecast was in His day, Jesus also gave clear instruction to believers how to process it and all other trials.
A. He commanded, “Let not your heart be troubled...” (JOH 14:1).
1. Christ would not have said this if it were impossible to do.
2. The heart must be guided and kept. PRO 23:19; 4:23.
3. Unfettered emotion is the character of madding crowds that would “cancel” the just for the sake of their manipulators (ACT 19:28-32) but believers should not be so manipulate...
I. Society is going through a period of great challenge: pandemic fears, civil unrest, violent protests, iconoclasm, erasure of history, abrogation of law and order, popularizing of anti-liberty politics, etc.
A. This is to be expected when society abandons the fear of God. PSA 9:17.
1. The effects of godlessness are very tangible. ISA 59:9-15; 2CH 15:3-6.
2. True religion’s operations are very essential.
B. The church is a kingdom/nation not of this world which dare not follow suit.
JOH 18:36; ROM 14:17;...
B. Regrettably, false prophets/teachers all too often find reservoirs prepared to receive their polluting doctrine. The unstable, morally weak and the disaffected are drawn to the tune of these Pied Pipers. 2PE 2:14; 2TI 4:2-4.
C. Heretics (those who openly advance contrary doctrine) must be warned before rejection.
(1) They may be ignorantly advancing heresy and only need compassionate correction.
(2) But if they insist on opposing the truth (and themselves), they must be identified as hereti...
The first half of this chapter is Paul's account of the great church council at Jerusalem (ACT 15). That council convened because of the Judaizers’ infiltration of the Antioch church (ACT 14:26 – 15:2). It was for the express purpose of deciding what aspects of Mosaic law and ritual, (particularly circumcision) should be binding upon Gentile Christians and whether they should be conditions for eternal justification. Thus, its determinations had a direct application to the Galatians. Paul's gospel ...
A. race: A group of persons, animals, or plants, connected by common descent or origin. 1. a.
The offspring or posterity of a person; a set of children or descendants. Chiefly poet. 2. a. A limited group of persons descended from a common ancestor; a house, family, kindred. b. A tribe, nation, or people, regarded as of common stock. c. A group of several tribes or peoples, regarded as forming a distinct ethnical stock. d. One of the great divisions of mankind, having certain physical peculia...
F. What Paul experienced in conversion and suffering gave rest, comfort and growth to the
churches. ACT 9:30-31.
(1) God knows that seasons of relief are needed. 1PE 5:10.
(2) Seasons of peace should promote the building of God’s house. 1CH 22:9-10.
(3) Seasons of challenge need not halt the building of God’s house.
EZR 4:23-24; 5:1-2 c/w HAG 1:2-4.
(4) The word of God (by which the house of God is built numerically and spiritually) is to be advanced in all seasons. 2TI 4:2.
1. Having escaped Je...
V. Here are some thoughts on physical affection and dating.
A. Physical affection (as distinct from dispassionate physical contact like a fist bump or karate kick to the head) is to be an expression of love. SON 1:2.
B. It is questionable, at least, for physical affection to be expressed in simple social dating because no real love is involved at the outset.
1. Undiscerning physical affection can easily become an excuse for carnal pleasure without regard to lasting commitment. Remember ROM 13:14.