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Comment by Tonya on August 23, 2009 at 4:32pm
GALATIANS

The book is called Pros Galatas, "To the Galatians," and it is the only letter of Paul that is specifically addressed to a number of churches ("unto the churches of Galatia,"1:2). The name Galatians was given to this Celtic people beause they originally lived in Gaul before their migration to Asia Minor.

At the time of the writing of this letter the term "Galatia" was used both in a geographical and in a political sense. The former referred to north-central Asia Minor, north of the cities of Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe; the latter referred to the Roman province(organized in 25 B.C.) that included southern districts and those cities just mentioned. If the letter was written to Christians in North Galatia, the churches were founded on the second missionary journey and the epistle was written on the third missionary journey either early from Ephesus(about A.D. 53) or later (about 55) from Macedonia. In favor of this is the fact that Luke seems to use "Galatia" only to describe North Galatia(Acts 16:6;18:23).

If the letter was written to Christians in South Galatia, the churches were founded on the first missionary journey, the letter was written after the end of the journey(probably from Antioch, ca. A.D. 49, making it the earliest of Paul's epistles), and the Jerusalem council(Acts 15) convened shortly afterward. In favor of this dating is the fact that Paul does not mention the decisions of the Jerusalem concil that bore directly on his Galatian argument concerning the Judaizers, indicating that the coucil had not yet taken place.

The problem. How can men(sinful by nature) come to God(Holy by nature)? Paul's answer is this: There is only one way-accept the salvation God's grace makes available through Christ's death and resurrection. Forget about merit-salvation through obedience to the law of Moses. Man is too weak by nature to accomplish self-salvation or self-sanctification. Certain Jewish Christians(the Judaizers) were teaching that such works are necessary, that Paul's gospel was not correct, and that he was not a genuine apostle. Paul's answer was to proclaim the doctrine of Justification by faith plus nothing, and of sanctification by the Holy Spirit, not the Mosaic Law. This answer was given in the full apostolic authority received from Christ. All theologies that each salvation by faith plus human effort are forcefully negated by this great letter.

The aposltes who have lauched thier Christian experience by faith, seem content to leave their voyage of faith and chart a new course based on works-a course Paul finds disturbing. His letter to the Galatians is a vigorous attack against the gospel of works and a defense to the gospel of faith.

Paul begins by setting forth his credentials as an apostle with a message from God: blessing comes from God on the basis of faith, not law. The law declares men guilty and imprisons them; faith sets men free to enjoy liberty in Christ. But liberty is not license. Freedom in Christ means freedom to produce the fruits of righteousness through a Spirit-led lifestle.

The theme, justification by faith, is defended, explained, and applied. Other significant subjects include Paul's three years in Arabia(1:17), his correcting peter(2:11), the law as a tutor(3:24), and the fruit of the Spirit(5:22-23).

Purpose: To encourage readers to depend on Christ alone for salvation and daily strength.

Author: The apostle Paul.

Date written: Probably around A.D. 49.

Setting: The most pressing controversy in the early church was whether new non-Jewish converts needed to accept Jewish laws to be a part of the church. Paul wrote this letter to answer that question.

"So Christ has really set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don't get tied up again in slavery to the law."(5:1)



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Comment by Tonya on August 24, 2009 at 7:41am
Hello, How is everyone? I hope all of you had a Wonderful Weekend. We are beginning the Book of Galatians today!!!

Heavenly Father, We come together to study in fellowship of Thy Holy Word today, We pray we are guided by the Holy Spirit so that we have perfect understanding of The Word. We pray for the Holy Kingdom Come, and for our Messiahs return. We pray forgiveness on our sins, and forgiveness unto others. May we be led and guided in Thy Will today, and not of the flesh. We give thanks, Praise and Glory in Thy Name..Amen!!!

THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE GALATIANS

INTRODUCTION: THE RIGHTNESS OF PAUL'S GOSPEL ASSERTED:

Paul's apostleship was not of men. I.e., it did not originate from any man but came from God. neither by man. I.e., it was not mediated through any man but came directly from Jesus Christ.

Galatians 1:1

Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead;)

Galatians 1:2

And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Ga-la'-ti-a.

Galatians 1:3

Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ.

Galatians 1:4

Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.

Galatians 1:5

To whom be glory for ever and ever. A-men'.

Galatians 1:6

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

Galatians 1:7

Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

Galatians 1:8

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Galatians 1:9

As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Galatians 1:10

For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

Galatians 1:11

But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

Galatians 1:12

For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

In this greeting Paul nearly summarizes his whole preaching message.

ye are so soon removed: Lit., you are so soon removing yourselves. from Him that called you. I.e., God the Father. They were deserting grace to retreat into law, and they bore the responsibility for their defection.

the gospel of Christ. The good news of God's grace in Christ, who gave Himself for our sins(v.4). Those who taught any other way threatened the true gospel.

accursed. Lit., anathema, or devoted to destruction. Ecclesiastically, it was accompanied by excommunication. Those who do not love the Lord are also accursed.

I now persuade men. I.e., by toning down his message. Paul was being accused of preaching a cheap form of admission to God's kingdom. He counters by saying that he is a servant of Christ(lit., slave). How can this cross-centered way be viewed as seeking to please men?

Since Paul received his message and authority from Christ, how could the Galatians question either?

In this letter Paul gave much more than the brief, customary greeting. He introduced the main themes: his God-given apostlolic authority, and clear teachings about the fatherhood of God and the delivering power of Jesus Christ. God, or loving Father, had a plan to rescue us from this evil world through the death of His Son. When we turn our life over to Him, God is able to help us overcome our problems and shortcomings.

The Galatians faced a choice between the true gospel Paul preached and the false gospel preached by his opponents. The choice we face as we look for a way to deal with our sins and failures is just as clear. WE can listen to those who offer us amazing and easy solutions, or we can yield to a legalistic system that manipulates us through our guilt to effect us by adhering to a set of rules. Or we can accept what God says about the power of sin and His ability to set us free if we focus on Him. Only God through Jesus Christ can offer us the power we need to be truly free. No other solution to our problems will ever lead to the real or permanent change we need.

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Day!!!
Comment by Tonya on August 25, 2009 at 8:57am
Hello, How is everyone today? We are continuing in Galatians chapter 1 today. Glad to have all of you with us in Fellowship and Study of God's Holy Word.



Heavenly Father we come together today to study in Thy Holy Word, We pray we are led by the Holy Spirit and guided in Thy Will today. We pray for the Holy Kingdom Come, and for our Messiah's return. We give thanks for all, for our Savior Jesus Christ. We pray forgiveness on our sins and forgiveness unto others. May we be led away from temptations today and delivered from all evil. We give thanks, Praise and Glory in Thy Name..Amen!!!

JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH DEFENDED:

PAUL'S AUTHORITY

HIS AUTHORITY ACQUIRED THROUGH REVELATION:

In these verses Paul defends his authority as an apostle. On the one hand, he shows that his teaching was not derived from any human agency and, on the other, that it was acknowledged by the other apostles as truly from God.

my conversation= my manner of life, conduct. The same Greek word is translated "destroyed" in Acts 9:21 in describing Paul's activities.

Galatians 1:13

For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:

Galatians 1:14

Adn profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

Galatians 1:15

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by His grace.

Galatians 1:16

To reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

Galatians 1:17

Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.

Galatians 1:18

Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.

Galatians 1:19

But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.

Galatians 1:20

Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.

Galatians 1:21

Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Ci-li'-ci-a;

Galatians 1:22

And was unknown by face unto the churches of Ju-dae'-a which were in Christ:

Galatians 1:23

But they had heard only, That he was persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.

Galatians 1:24

And they glorified God in me.

profited. Better, progressed.

Paul was set apart from birth for his work(as was Jeremiah, 1:5).

with flesh and blood. I.e., with other people.

Arabia. This may mean anywhere in the kingdom of the Nabataeans, from near Damascus down to the sinaitic peninusula, Paul's intent is not to pinpoint the location but to emphasize that it was a place (in contrast to Jerusalem) where there was no apostle to instruct him. In Arabia he was alone with God, thinking through the implications of his encounter with the risen Christ on the Damascus road. Though not mentioned in Acts, this period in Paul's life would probably fit between Acts 9:22 and 9:23.

see = visit. The purpose of Paul's visit to Peter was to become acquainted with him rather than to confer with him. He also saw James, the Lord's half brother(v. 19), but did not visit the Judean churches(v.22). Acts 9:26-30 records his visit.

Syria and Cilicia. On his way to Tarsus, his home city(Acts 9:30).

As Paul looked back on his conversion, he recalled how he had once been an extremely religious Jew. He had actively worked to defend his faith against the threat of Christianity. But by grace, God reached out and radically transformed him. Paul recognized that all his religious activities were ultimately fruitless; they could never deliver him from the power of sin. Only God could forgive his sins and give him the power to start over again. If we have have tried to overcome our sins through modern behavior modification or religious activities, we already know what it means to fail. But if we have entrusted our life to God and are living by His power, we know the secret of victory. God's power through Jesus Christ is the only means of overcoming our sins..

Everyone have A Wonderful Blessed Day!!!
Comment by Tonya on August 26, 2009 at 8:37am
Welcome Back, We are beginning Chapter 2 into the Book of Galatians today. Glad to have all of you with us.

Heavenly Father, We come together to study in Thy Holy Word today, May we be led in the Holy Spirit so that we have understanding, so that we may follow in Thy Will. We pray for the Holy Kingdom Come, for our Messiah's return. We give thanks for all, for our Savior Jesus Christ. We pray forgiveness of sin, and forgiveness unto others. May we be led today in Thy Grace, Thy Will and by The Holy Spirit. We give Praise and Glory in Thy Name..Amen!!

HIS AUTHORITY APPROVED BY THE CHURCH IN JERUSALEM:

This passage is Paul's account of his relations with the Jerusalem apostles. Though independent of men, Paul makes clear that he is within the stream of apostlolic tradition represented by James, Peter and John.

Paul's account of events recorded in Acts 11 (if the letter was written to he church in South Galatia) or, less likely, Acts 15 (written to North Galatia).

Galatians 2:1

Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.

Galatians 2:2

And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.

Galatians 2:3

But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:

Galatians 2:4

And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

Galatians 2:5

To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

Galatians 2:6

But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:

Galatians 2:7

But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

Galatians 2:8

(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

Galatians 2:9

And when James, Ce'-phas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

Galatians 2:10

Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.

Titus. A test case: if he were compelled to be circumcised, then other Gentile believers could be too; if not, then freedom from the law was confirmed.

false brethren. Judaizers who wanted to enslave, Gentile converts by requiring circumcision and keeping the law of Moses.

the truth of the gospel. I.e., grace is everything and for everyone; to comporomise these truths was unthinkable.

these who seemed to be somewhat. James, Peter, John (v.9), who the Judaizers link up with even though they had approved of Paul's ministry to Gentiles.

the gospel of the uncircumcision. Better, the gospel to the uncircumcision, the Gentiles. Paul was especially responsible for spreading the gospel to the Gentiles(Rom. 1:5) and Peter to the circumcision, the Jews.

right hands of fellowship: A pledge of agreement and support of Paul.

the poor. The saints in Jerusalem were notoriously poor(Rom. 15:26; see also 1 Cor. 16:1-4).

Paul presented a clear argument against the teachings of the Judaizers. These people recognized that God's work through Jesus Christ was important, but they also believed that people were required to follow the Jewsih laws to obtain salvation. For them, salvation was based on actions, not solely on God's gracious gift. Paul wanted the Galatians to realize that none of us can follow God's laws adequately on our own. Christ alone has the power to release us from sin and its destructive consequences. Most of us have already discovered how powerless we are against sin. We know that we need God's help to overcome compulsions. Paul's message of grace is a source of hope for us as we trust God to help us overcome our sins.

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Day in the Grace of God!!!
Comment by Tonya on August 27, 2009 at 1:29pm
Hello, How is everyone today? We are continuing in the Second Chapter of Galatians today. Glad to have everyone with us in Fellowship and Study of God's Holy Word.

Heavenly Father, We come together on here to study in Thy Holy Word, May we be led and guided by the Holy Spirit today, so that we may have perfect understanding, so that we may apply what we learn and witness unto others. We give thanks today for our Savior Jesus Christ, for all. May man receive the Word today, May they receive Jesus Christ, May they receive the Holy Spirit. We give thanks, Praise and Glory in Thy Name..Amen!!!

HIS AUTHORITY ACKNOWLEDGED IN THE REBUKE OF PETER:

Peter was not preaching heresy but neither was he consistently practicing the gospel of grace. He withdrew from eating with uncircumcised Genitle believers when pressured to do so by some of the Hebrew Christians.

Galatians 2:11

But when Peter was come to An'-ti-och, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.

Galatians 2:12

For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.

Galatians 2:13

And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.

Galatians 2:14

But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

Galatians 2:15

We who are Jews by nature, and not siners of the Gentiles,

Galatians 2:16

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Galatians 2:17

But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.

Galatians 2:18

For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

Galatians 2:19

For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

Galatians 2:20

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.

Galatians 2:21

I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

dissumulation = hypocrisy or pretense.

Peter was negating the truth of the gospel by not accepting Jews and Gentiles equally when he withdrew from fellowship with Gentile believers.

justified. I.e., declared righteous in God's sight and vindicated of any charge of sin in connection with failure to keep God's law.

dead to the law, because Christ paid the penalty for sin that the law demanded. Paul could cease giving further thought to legal obedience as a means of winning God's acceptance.

I am crucified with Christ. Crucifixion with Christ means "death to or separation from the reigning power of the old sinful life and freedom to experience the power of the resurrection life of Christ by faith" (see Rom. 6:6) nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth..Better, and it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives.. Christ had taken up His abode with Paul, yet He did so without submerging Paul's own personality.

frustrate = set aside. It was the Galatians, not Paul who nullified the grace of God by wanting to retain law. If the law could have provided the righteous necessary for justification, why did Christ have to die?

The apostle Peter, a Jewish Christian, knew that salvation is a free gift of grace. While in Antioch, He freely associated with the Gentile Christians, even though they had not fulfilled the Jewish law of circumcision. When other Jewish Christian leaders arrived, however, Peter stopped associating with the Gentile believers. He was influenced by his Jewish peers and began to act as if obeying the Jewish laws were necessary for salvation. Paul confronted Pter about his prejudice,a nd the problem was resolved. Some of us know how Peter felt when his Jewish friends arrived. We may have succumbed to pressure to turn from our commitment to God, but like Peter, we can humbly assess our failures and get back on the right track.

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Day in the Lord!!!
Comment by Tonya on August 28, 2009 at 12:36pm
Hello, How is everyone? We are beginning Chapter 3 in Galatians today.

Let us Pray:

Heavenly Father, We pray for the Holy Kingdom Come, and for our Messiahs return. We give thanks for Jesus Christ our Savior, for all. We pray forgiveness of our sins, and forgiveness unto others. We pray to be led away from temptations today, and delivered from all evil. We all give thanks for the missing teenagers who were returned home. Father God, we know you truly answer our prayers. We give Praise and Glory in Thy Name..Amen!!!

JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH EXPLAINED:

PAUL'S GOSPEL,

THE ARGUMENT FROM EXPERIENCE:

To return to law and negate the necessity of the death of Christ(2:21) was to act as if bewitched. Works of the law did not give them the Holy Spirit. see Judges 3:10.

Galatians 3:1

O foolish Ga-la'-tians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

Galatians 3:2

This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Galatians 3:3

Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

Galatians 3:4

Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.

Galatians 3:5

He therefore that ministereth to you in the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Galatians 3;6

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted ot him for righteousness.

Galatians 3:7

Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

Galatians 3:8

And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

Galatians 3:9

So they they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Paul brought the gospel to them and the Spirit worked in them. Yet now they were reverting to flesh-works in the hope that a combination of faith(Spirit) and works (flesh) would work more easily or better.

Some of these miracles are recorded in Acts 14:3;8-11, and they were not done by the law.

Paul now appealed to Scripture (Gen. 15:6) to show that the patriarch Abraham depended upon faith for righteousness.

children of Abraham. Abraham's physical descendants through Isaac and Jacob are the Jewish people, but his spiritual descendants are those who believe in God for salvation-men of faith as contrasted with men of works or men of circumcision.

The quote(v.8) is from Gen. 12:3.

Paul appealed to the clear evidence seen among the Galatians when they received the Holy Spirit upon believing in Christ. We become children of Abraham, as the Bible says, when we receive the redemption available to us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The evidence of becoming Abraham's sons and daughters is not circumcision but the presence of the Holy Spirit in our life. We can be sure of the Holy Spirit's presence when we begin to change. Knowing God and being in a right relationship with Him enables us to know His Will and follow it. But trying to follow God's laws in our human strength will never bring us into right relationship with God.

Everyone have a Wonderful Day in the Lord!!
Comment by Tonya on August 29, 2009 at 7:38am
Hello, We are continuing in Galatians today. Glad to have all of you with us.

Heavenly Father, We pray for the Holy Kingdom Come, for Jesus Christ's return. We give thanks for all, for our Savior. We come together to study in fellowship in Thy Holy Word today, We pray we are guided by the Holy Spirit and receive understanding. We pray forgiveness of our sins, and forgivness unto others. We pray for the Word to reach all, that all may receive. We give thanks, Praise and Glory in Thy Name...Amen!!!

THE ARGUMENT FROM THE LAW:

Having shattered teh Jews' confidence in their physical relation to Abraham, Paul now shows that the law brings a curse. He quotes Deut. 27:26(from the LXX) and argues that man cannot possibly keep all the laws, hence his bondange (James 2:10).

Galatians 3:10

For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

Galatians 3:11

But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

Galatians 3:12

And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.

Galatians 3:13

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written. Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

Galatians 3:14

That the blessings of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Galatians 3:15

Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.

Galatians 3:16

Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

Galatians 3:17

And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

Galatians 3:18

For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

The just shall live by faith. Paul's use of this quotation from Hab. 2:4 is to stress that on ecan become justified in God's sight only by faith; i.e., he who is righteous by faith (rather than works) shall live.

The law brings a curse. The believer is delivered from that curse through Christ, who became a curse for us. The Crucifixion brought Him under the curse of the law, as explained in the last half of the verse (quoted from Deut. 21:23).

seed. Paul's argument here is based on the singular form of the word in the OT (Gen. 22:17-18), he must have believed in the accuracy of the very words of Scripture.

The Mosiac Law did not set aside the promises made to Abraham. And, during those hundreds of years before the law, God had also justified men only by faith. On the 430 year period, see Ex. 12:40.

God's relationship with us is not based on our keeping the law but on the promises made to Abraham to bless all humannity through his offspring, Jesus Christ. The law shows us that we are sinners deserving punishment and in need of a Savior. Following the law is not the solution to the sin problem; the law is a measuring stick that reveals the sin problem. NOne of us are capable of true and complet obedience. Despite our helplessness God desires to bless us when we trust in His promises, not when we perform according to His perfect standards. Knowing that God loves us enough to pay for our sins can help us be more fearless as we look at our lives. When we confess our sins, He will set us free from their destructive power.

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Weekend!!!
Comment by Tonya on August 31, 2009 at 11:02am
Hello, I hope all of you had a Nice Weekend. We are continuing today in Galatians 3:19. Glad to have all of you with us in Fellowship and Study of God's Holy Word.

Heavenly Father, We come together today, giving You all the Glory. We give thanks for our Savior Jesus Christ, for this wonderful Day, We rejoice. We pray for the Holy Kingdom Come and for our Messiah's Return. May we witness unto all today, and share the Good News of The Gospel, so that they might receive You. We give thanks, glory and Praise in Thy Name..Amen!!!



because of transgressions. I.e., to make sins known and to restrain them. The law was mediated through angels and Moses, whereas the covenant with Abraham was given directly by God(Gen. 15:18). The presence of a mediator shows the inferiority of the law.

Galatians 3:19

Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made: and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Galatians 3:20

Now a mediator is not a medator of one, but God is one.

Galatians 3:21

Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

Galatians 3:22

But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

Galatians 3:23

But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

Galatians 3:24

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Galatians 3:25

But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Galatians 3:26

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:27

For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Galatians 3:28

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:29

And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's see, and heirs accordin to the promise.

The law shows the world is under sin, so that people will realize that works cannot save, only Christ can.

schoolmaster. The Greek word used here means not a "teacher" but "an attendant, a custodian, or guardian," usually a slave whose job it was to accompany the child, train him, and discipline him. the law was such a disciplinarian until Christ the teacher came.

children of God. Lit., sons of God. Full adults and heirs because of adoption into God's family(4:5), by faith. Better, through faith.

baptized into Christ. NOT water baptism but SPIRIT BAPTISM, which brings believers into a LIVING UNION with CHRIST (1 Cor. 12:13). have put on Christ. I.e., clothing oneself with Christ, a responsible act of appropriating all that Jesus Christ is.

In the unity of the Body of Christ, differences of race, status, and gender lose their significance. Spiritual position is the same for all, but that does not mean that distinctions cease to exist, nor that all have the same functions within the body(1` Cor. 11:3; 1 Tim. 2:12).

Christ is the seed of Abraham (v.16); being in Christ makes the beliver a seed of Abraham and heir of the promise of justification by faith(v.8). National promises made to Abraham as the father of the Jewish people are not in view in this verse, only the universal promise(v.8).

When we entrust our life to God through Jesus Christ, we become His children. What an amazing truth! We are each given a place in God's family, no matter how deeply we have been hurt. He has a plan for each of us, and like any parent, He wants to help us succeed. Faith in Christ is all we need to enter into this privileged status. Each one of us is important to God, and He loves us enough to help us overcome our weaknesses and character flaws.

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Day in the Lord!!!
Comment by Tonya on September 1, 2009 at 9:03am
Hello, How is everyone today? We are beginning the Fourth Chapter in the Book of Galatians. Glad to have all of you with us in Fellowship and Study of God's Holy Word.

Heavenly Father, We pray for the Holy Kingdom Come, and for our Messiah's return. We give thanks for all, for our Savior Jesus Christ. We pray forgiveness of our sins, and forgiveness unto others. We pray for healing, for strength and courage for those that are ill, that are struggling with cancer or disease. May they be in Thy Comfort and Care. We give thanks, Praise and Glory in Thy Name..Amen!!!

Galatians 4:1

Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;

Galatians 4:2

But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.

Galatians 4:3

Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:

Galatians 4:4

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

Galatians 4:5

To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Galatians 4:6

And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit his Son into your hearts, crying, Ab'-ba, Father.

Galatians 4:7

Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Galatians 4:8

Howbeit them, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.

Galatians 4:9

But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

Galatians 4:10

Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

Galatians 4:11

I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

the elements of the world. I.e., the bondage of a legalistic practice of Judaism or (for Gentiles) the bondage of the heathenism(also v.9).

made of a woman. The divine Son was also human. made under the law. Christ was reared in conformity to the Mosaic Law.

the adoption of sons. see Roman 8:15.

The Holy Spirit in the heart of the beliver shows his acceptance with God as a son and heir(v.7). Abba is the Aramaic word for father.

Paul tells the Galatians that they are not acting like heirs of God!

Influenced by the Judaizers, some Galatians had begun to observe the festivals of the Jewish calendar.

If we are not willing to trust and obey God, we soon become enslaved to other things. We turn to other activities to help us deal with our problems. If we depend on anything other than God Himself. We will be led to deeper problems. Only God offers us the power to be delivered from bondage and to build a new life. Turning to Him for help is really the only valid option we have.

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Day in the Lord!!!
Comment by Tonya on September 2, 2009 at 12:47pm
Hello, How is everyone? We are continuing in Galatians 4:12 today!!!

Heavenly Father, We pray for the Holy Kingdom Come and for our Messiah's return. We give thanks for our Savior Jesus Christ, for all. We pray forgiveness upon our sins, and forgiveness unto others. We pray that those that are ill will be healed, that those that are struggling will be led in the Holy Spirit today. We give thanks, Praise and Glory in Thy Name..Amen!!!

THE ARGUMENT FROM PERSONAL TESTIMONY

Paul is saying that he has had a good relationship with the Galatians: you have in the past been ready to "pluck out your eyes for me" (a common expression of the time for giving up everything for another, not an indication of eye trouble). Though he was ill on his former visit, they had not scorned him but had treated him as Christ had teated them. Now he wanted them to hold firm to the truth he had taught them.

Galatians 4:12

Brethren, I bessech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all.

Galatians 4:13

Ye know how through infirmity of hte flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.

Galatians 4:14

And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.

Galatians 4:15

Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.

Galatians 4:16

Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

Galatians 4:17

They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.

Galatians 4:18

But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.

Galatians 4:19

My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.

The Judaizers were apparently using flattery and threats on the Galatians.

not only when I am present with you. I.e., Paul was not averse ot having others minister to them, as long as it was done sincerely in the truth.

Paul was trying to help the Galatians experience the new life that God offers through Jesus Christ. The false teachers were trying to lead the people back into bondage under the Jewish law. There was a distinct contrast between Paul's attitudes and actions and those of hte false teachers. The false teachers were not concerned about the people's good; Paul was. We have all seen products and fads that promise to make us happy or amazing results. These things can only temporarily make us happy, Only through God will we see lasting joy and results.



Everyone have a Wonderful Day in the Lord,

God Bless!!

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