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Major Themes in the Book of Galatians (Ch. 2 Part 2)

18 May

Going to Korea!  (I wonder if they will use  me in their peace talks?!).  I get to teach the book of Galatians to undergrads at the Word of Life Bible Institute on Jeju Island (see red circle below)!

Working our way through this six-chapter letter, we have noticed the first theme in chapter two, Paul’s sense of accountability to leadership (vv. 1-10).

Let’s now see a second theme: We should oppose any compromise of the gospel!  We get Paul’s report of his confrontation with Cephas [why does Paul refer to Peter with that name?)].  Paul “opposed him to his face”!  What was Cephas’ sin?

The answer is that he was compromising the gospel by not eating with Gentile believers!  Cephas was unduly influenced by some in the “circumcision group” and other Jews (including Barnabas) were “led astray” (v. 13).

This compromise led to “not acting in line with the truth of the gospel” (v. 14).  The primary point is that of justification.  Is one justified by faith or by the works of the law (v. 16)?

The law brings DEATH (vv. 19-20), but Christ brings LIFE (v. 20).  Trying to be justified by keeping the law means that one “sets aside the grace of God” — and that is something no missionary should ever do!

 
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2 responses to “Major Themes in the Book of Galatians (Ch. 2 Part 2)

  1. Helen Baldwin

    May 18, 2018 at 7:20 am

    Of course they are going to use you…but we thought it was TOP SECRET 🙂

     
  2. Dr. Larry Dixon

    May 20, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Thanks for the comment, Helen. I hear things are going well at Crossroads. Please pass on our greeting to the saints there (as well as to the not-so-saintly ones, if there are any!). Blessings. Larry and Linda

     

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