Gal 4:21 – 5:12: Freedom In Christ

Paul is completing his argument about the freedom we have in the gospel in the remaining part of Galatians chapter 4. This section is difficult for two reasons. Firstly, it assumes a lot of Old Testament knowledge. It references Abraham Sarah, Hagar, Isaac, Ishmael, Mount Sinai and Jerusalem. The other reason this passage is hard Read More …

Galatians 3:15-29 – Heirs According to the Promise

The Apostle Paul is continuing his explanation of the truth of the gospel; namely that salvation is a free gift of God received through faith in Christ crucified, without any human merit. The Judaizers were insisting that Gentiles needed to obey the ceremonial laws such as circumcision in order to be truly saved. So they Read More …

Galatians 3:1-14 – The Centrality of the Cross

A question came up last week, whether the maxim “Once Saved Always Saved” is correct. In other words, if a person is saved, is it possible for them to lose their salvation? We will address this question when we look at Gal 3:3-4. Let me just say this for now. This question has a theoretical Read More …

Gal 2:11-20: We Are Justified Only By Faith

The Situation (Gal 2:11-13) Part of the life of the early church was that they participated in a communal meal called an “Agape Feast”, or “Love Feast”. Here the whole congregation came together to share a meal prepared from them pooling whatever resources they had. For some slaves, this may have been the only nice Read More …

Gal 1:11-2:10: Paul – Taught By God

Last week we talked about how there is only one gospel, and to add or to take away from it is to invite God’s curse. This gospel is about how we are saved by faith in Jesus Christ alone without any good works. Relationship between faith and good works So a question came up about Read More …

Step 27: The Church – Our Christian Family on Earth

Shall we attend another church today?  Come, let us go.  We are stopping at a house!  This is not a church building! Let us go inside and see. A few families are gathered in the living room.  They welcome us warmly.  The worship begins.  There is no organ here to lead us in our singing. Read More …