It is not clear to us what Paul meant by the following verse: Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. The godly who were under the Law of Moses obeyed its statements. Only when you come to the end of yourself can you begin to experience the full, blessed, and whole life Jesus offers. At that time he had vigorously persecuted and laid waste the church of God, attempting to destroy it. Galatians 3:20 After referring to Moses as a mediator, Paul points out that there must be two or more people involved in order for someone to act as a mediator, a go-between.
After three years Paul journeyed up to Jerusalem. None had any connection with the Messianic inheritance. This fits best before the Jerusalem Council of Acts 15. In these chapters, Paul defends himself, saying that his message has come directly from Jesus Christ 1:12 , and that God has chosen him to announce the message about Jesus to the Gentiles 1:15,16. The keeping of them is the Kingdom of God. The Ten Commandments nip at the heels of all sinners, non-Christians and Christians alike.
It seems that Paul often used Roman provincial names cf. What becomes true the moment we clothe ourselves with Christ? Glory to the ages of the ages. By introducing additional requirements for justification e. He is the one Seed of Abraham, being part of the Body of Christ. The Apostle Peter, and James, the brother of Jesus. It can be read for personal study or edification; used as a daily devotional, complete with reflection questions; or utilized by anyone who has a teaching ministry, to help small-group leaders understand and apply the text, and to give preachers helpful ways of connecting timeless Bible truths to today's world.
Consider carefully the following: And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect Genesis 17:1. Was Israel a partaker of the Messianic promise? The history of the Jews reveals that when they did what God commanded they prospered. Therefore I live by believing in Him, trusting in Him, relying on Him for every detail of my existence. In what area was Peter having problems? If this ethnic group is assumed, then the date would be the mid 50's during Paul's second or third missionary journey. They are the victorious saints, the conquerors spoken of in the second and third chapters of the Book of Revelation. What persons did God use to give the Law? If a human sins one time he shall die.
Did Paul yield to the pressure to circumcise Titus? What was true of us before the Gospel of faith in Christ was preached to us? Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only James 2:24. There is only the one Body of Christ. What did the Christians of Judaea know of Paul? He calls to mind the fact that when he first came and preached to them they had welcomed him, even though it appears he was suffering from some obvious physical ailment. If he does not do all in his power to obey the writings of the Apostles and the Words of the Lord Jesus he will never inherit salvation. This controversy and Paul's response to it had a great effect on the way God's message about Jesus Christ was preached. If the fruit of righteousness is not beginning to appear, if the new creature is not coming forth, salvation is not working in our life. The Law brings us to Christ.
The goal of the faithful disciple is the rest of God, that is, the condition in which the Father and the Son, through the Holy Spirit, are filling the personality. Apparently some of the concerned Pharisees made friends with Paul and Barnabas and Titus so they could learn whether or not Titus had been required to be circumcised in order to become a Christian. A Jew or a Gentile, in order to become part of true Israel, must receive Christ. Was righteousness expected under the old covenant, or were the Israelites to continue in their sins, hoping they would be saved by grace when Christ came? And he shall burn all his fat upon the altar, as the fat of the sacrifice of peace offerings: and the priest shall make an atonement for him as concerning his sin, and it shall be forgiven him Leviticus 4:26. We clothe ourselves with Christ. The nation of Israel was the Church under the old covenant. What should a person do who is being taught in the Word of God? What Did Paul Write And Why Did He Write it? A Little About American Bible Society Our mission is to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so all people may experience its life-changing message.
In Him we can observe all that the Law is, all that the Law desires and commands, the fullness of the expectation of God concerning His creatures. They reveal that they are children of the flesh by their emphasis on money, large buildings, and great numbers of people. We are being saved if the Spirit of Christ is working in us and we are turning away from the world. On an earlier visit Paul had brought the Galatians God's message, the good news about Christ 1:7,8. What is true of the person who believes himself to be an outstanding saint but who is a weak believer? They were defeated in 230 b.
Paul was a Hebrew of the Hebrews—a learned Jew. What is true if the Messianic inheritance, the inheritance of fruitfulness and dominion through the Spirit of God, can be attained by the works of the Law of Moses? As the supernatural fulfillment of the promise made by the Lord. What is true of the people who trust in the Gospel of Christ and do not add to it circumcision or any of the other aspects of the Law of Moses? If we hold firmly to this understanding we will have no contradiction when we come to the admonitions to righteousness and holiness contained in Chapter Five. What is true of a person who is being led by the Spirit of God? Paul is teaching that we cannot mix the Law of Moses and the Christian Gospel. On what basis had the Galatians received the Holy Spirit? Paul journeyed to Antioch in Syria, and then to Tarsus in the region of Cilicia. What, then, is the substance of the four Gospel accounts and the writings of the New Testament? What is true of the desires of the Holy Spirit? What a perversion of the Gospel of the Kingdom! The Jew of the present hour can become part of the olive tree only by receiving Christ, the Seed to whom the promise was made.
Know ye not, brethren, for I speak to them that know the law, how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? Whom did Paul visit in Jerusalem? The resolution of this seeming contradiction is as follows. The blood of bulls and goats, they state, merely pointed to the sacrifice of Christ. Then we are to keep coming boldly to the Throne of God so we may obtain the Divine power and wisdom we need in order to live as a Christian should. What incident arose concerning Titus, the Greek? Christ is the fulfillment of the Law and the embodiment of the Law. How does the Law of Moses differ from living by faith? No Jew or Gentile can be an heir of the promise made to Abraham until he or she receives Christ. By faith in the Word of God, not by observing the Law of Moses. What was true of Sarah? Paul had preached the grace of God in Christ to the Galatians.
Jesus is the Son of God. Notice the opening clause: Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, … There are several such statements, particularly in the early chapters of Romans. What should the saints do if a member of the assembly falls into sin? The student will begin by exploring a portion of Galatians with the help of a series of exploratory questions. Christlikeness will follow a true conversion. This suggests to us that Paul had some type of infection in his eyes. What is true of the Jerusalem that is in Heaven? We maintained also that the animal sacrifices actually served to forgive sin and the people were blessed when they did what God said Many thousands of Israelites were blessed because they adhered to the Law of Moses.