To pursue a Torah-observant lifestyle is to re-erect the old social barriers – Galatians 3:26-4:7.
The final paragraph of the third chapter of Galatians is pivotal to Paul’s larger argument, for it stresses the oneness of the people of God established by Jesus. In this new order, the old social divisions are inappropriate, especially now that the promised “seed of Abraham” has arrived. To now return to the regulations of the Law would erect the old social barriers.
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OVERVIEW – The “promise of the Spirit” is part of the “blessing of Abraham” promised to the nations, and those who receive it become the “children of Abraham.”
In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul referred to the “promise of the Spirit,” which he identified with the “blessing of Abraham.” Jesus came under the “curse” of the Law to redeem believers from it, so that, the “blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
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SYNOPSIS: 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” – Galatians 4:1-7.
In the fourth chapter of his letter to the Galatians, Paul continues his argument by stressing that adopting the rite of circumcision would constitute regression to something rudimentary, a reversion to an earlier stage in Redemptive History (Galatians 4:1-7). Continue reading Redeemed from the Law
SYNOPSIS – Paul presents the points of agreement and disagreement with his opponents at Galatia – Galatians 2:15-21.
In the first two chapters of his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul explains how he received his gospel for the Gentiles by divine revelation, a commission confirmed by the leaders of the Jerusalem church. He also details how certain “false brethren had slinked in to spy out our freedom which we have in Christ Jesus” in an earlier but similar controversy at the church in Antioch of Syria – (Galatians2:1-5).
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SYNOPSIS: The Judaizing opponents of Paul preached a different message and a different Christ than the one they received from the Apostle – Galatians 1:6-12.
The second paragraph marks the start of the body of this letter and an extended section that does not end until well into chapter 4. It can be summarized as a lengthy admonition to the Galatian assemblies concerning the direction they were contemplating, with serious warnings about how it would lead, inevitably, to their apostasy.
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SYNOPSIS: Paul anchors all that God has done in the past Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which marked the commencement of a new age. God, in Jesus, has rescued believers from the present evil age – Galatians 1:1-5.
In the first paragraph of his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul declares his apostleship is from the same God who raised Jesus from the dead, the one who gave his life in order to “deliver us from this evil age.” These two claims anticipate the defense of his apostolic calling and his opposition to a group of Jewish believers that operated as if the old era is still in effect. Continue reading Rescued from this Evil Age