Suffering in Vain?

“Did you suffer so many things in vain, if indeed it was in vain?” (Gal. 3:4) Turning from Judaism to follow Christ was a difficult path. It is possible that families were split and relationships strained to the breaking point. The cost of discipleship can be high and in the early days of the church, […]

Spirit or Flesh?

“Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:30 There’s that word again. Foolish. Why are they acting foolish this time? It is because Paul sees them as having begun their walk as Christians through the gospel of the Spirit and now reverting back to […]

Works versus Grace

“Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?” (Gal. 3:2) Paul doesn’t give up, does he? He believes the answer to just one question will solve the issue once and for all. The Galatian Christians had received the Holy Spirit upon their […]

The Foolish Ones

“O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.” (Gal. 3:1) To be foolish means to be without good sense and is the opposite of wise. It declares one who lacks good judgment or plain common sense. Why does Paul call the Galatian Christians […]

Grace or Nothing

“I do not nullify the grace of God, for if justification were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.” (Gal. 2:21) There it is. Grace or law, take your pick. Law here may involve any process by which the sinner attempts to win justification by any means other than the free gift of […]

Who is In You (2)?

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20) “I live by faith in the Son of […]

Who is In You?

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20) This is a very popular verse among preachers […]

Dead to the Law

“For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. (Gal. 2:19) When Paul crucified his old self to live in Jesus he left the law behind. Jesus nailed that law to the cross and Paul sees himself (and all Jewish Christians) having died to the law. Because it […]

Rebuilding is SinfulĀ 

“For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor.” (Gal. 2:18) Normally we would think of rebuilding as a worthwhile task so we may find the statement of Paul that rebuilding would make him a sinner. However, Paul was more than likely talking about Peter than he was himself […]

No Way!

“But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not!” (Gal. 2:17) Verses 17 and 18 are not without difficulty as to obtaining their meaning. There are two basic schools of thought and there is evidence and contra-evidence in […]