Law & Ritual


The Law and the Prophets – (Jesus came to bring all this is promised and foreshadowed in the Hebrew scriptures to fulfillment)

New Covenant in Jesus – (The covenant promises find their fulfillment in Jesus and the New Creation)

The Controversy at Galatia  – An Overview – (The key dispute at Galatia was over whether Gentile converts must be circumcised and keep some, at least, of the required deeds of the Torah)

The Limits of the Law – (The jurisdiction of the Mosaic regulations over the covenant community reached its limit with the arrival of Jesus, the true seed of Abraham)

Rescued from this Evil Age – (With the death and resurrection of Jesus, a new era dawned)

Even an Angel – (Paul warned the Galatians not to heed any gospel that deviated from the one preached by him – even if it came from an angel)

Paul’s Proposition Statement to the Galatians – (Galatians 2:15-21 – From the faith of Jesus or the works of the Torah?)

Redeemed from the Law – (Galatians 4:1-7 – The Law was an interim stage; by design, it had a termination point. Christian believers are no longer “under the Law” – They are “in Christ”)

The Requirement to do the whole Law – (Galatians 3:10 – Anyone under the Law is obligated to keep it all)

Why, then, the Law? – (Galatians 3:19 – Paul addresses the question of the purpose of the Law given at Sinai)


Circumcision – A Cutting Issue – (If believers are under the Torah’s jurisdiction then circumcision is required)

Weak and Beggarly Rudiments – (The Messianic Age has dawned, therefore calendrical rituals belong to the old order)

Food and Calendars – (Paul argued for tolerance within the church on food regulations and observing holy days)