It seems to me that what Paul is stating here – and it must be remembered that Galatians is about contrasting real, vital, Spirit-sparking living in Christ with the old and now obsolete, death-dealing Law of Moses – is that the ultimate way in which we love one another as He has loved us is to do,, in our small measure, what he did. And that is to be each other’s sin-bearers.
It is a big statement to make, but I believe that the vast majority of Christian interpreters of Paul’s teaching in Galatians and Romans have failed to understand Paul’s argument in the historical context of his day. The major theological issue for the early church (as the calling of the Council of Jerusalem proves) was the Judaizing issue. The issue was basically: Can Gentiles be saved as Gentiles, or do they have to come under the framework of the Mosaic covenant to be justified?
In Galatians 6 vs 2, Paul makes reference to something he calls ‘the Law of (the) Christ’. Although it is the only single verse where this exact phrase is used in the whole of Scripture, many have taken the phrase to indicate the existence of a new covenant ‘regulator’ for born-again behaviour. Whether it is taken to refer to the collected commands of Jesus Himself, or the whole set of New Testament imperatives, the idea is that we are exhorted to obey this ‘set’ as authoritatively binding on Christians.
Peter is addressing people who are facing persecution and potentially death for their faith in Jesus Christ. Why should this matter to us? We are not facing persecution. Brothers and sisters, if what Peter is trying to do here makes you want to yawn, I plead with you to consider that the years of relative peace and freedom we have experienced in this place may very soon evaporate.
Previously we gave you part 1 of John Frame’s History of Western Philosophy and Theology, and now we’re giving you part 2. This second part of the summary covers the late modern and postmodern period and summarizes recent Christian philosophy. Make sure you don’t miss it! Check out the other fantastic resources we’ve pulled together for you this week as well….
There is a day appointed, but until then the Lord stretches out his arms of mercy toward you, sinner. Today is the day of salvation – if only you would repent and believe in Christ. Do you despise the riches of his goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads to repentance? Why should you perish when there is such an all-sufficient Savior?
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage —with great patience and careful instruction. The world is not perishing for lack of information, but for lack of correct information about Christ and the good news that is empowered by God the Holy Spirit. A minister must correct, must point out wrong ideas and practices.
To many, the Emperor Constantine was a saint: in the Orthodox church he is one of the “Equal-to-Apostles” (isapóstolos) a title given to people (such as Patrick, Cyril the evangelist of Russia and others) who were especially effective in establishing the gospel.
constantine. To others, Constantine is Great was a tool of evil, a corrupter of the church. The attacks against Constantine come from several quarters. Some Messianic believers imagine that he turned the church into a Gentile movement. Others charge him with introducing pagan practices into the church.
God will not be denied a people to call on his name and to serve him from all the nations of the world. And so he himself is going to change them and give them a heart and lips to call on his name. That is the first act of mercy described in 3:9–20, a global awakening with people from all the nations calling on the Lord and serving him.
The glorious news of the gospel is that God has sent a Savior, Jesus Christ, the triumphant Lord and all who will trust Him for forgiveness of sins and life everlasting and full will find Him to be a mighty Savior – and in fact, all who are His cannot be harmed by anyone or anything – not really. So, don’t fear anyone or anything, but set Christ apart as Lord in your…
God does not love in exactly the same manner that we love. This is definitely a good thing. If we define love as the way that we love, we will be way off the mark much of the time. Our love is so often merit-based. Sometimes, our love is affection for or desire for someone or something. If, however, this attitude defines love, then God does not love at all…