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Major Themes in the Book of Galatians (Ch. 6 Part 3)

Thank you, my friend, for sticking with me as we have worked our way through this incredible letter of Galatians.  You know I’m getting ready for my teaching time at Word of Life Korea — and these posts are helping me do that.  [I’m aware that some of these posts are scheduled for days after my trip].  We conclude our study of chapter 6 and this epistle this morning.   A third theme I see here in chapter 6 is that of pleasing people (vv. 11-18).
The Apostle is not interested in making people happy or caving in to their demands for believers to be put under the law.

These circumcision-compellers are wanting to impress people — and Paul will have none of it!  He says their motive is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ (v. 12).  And they themselves don’t keep the whole law.

In fact, these false teachers want to boast to others that they have convinced the Galatians to go through circumcision.

Not all boasting is wrong — and Paul says he only wants to boast in the cross of Jesus Christ!  And there’s been a double crucifixion in his life:  the world to him and he to the world (v. 14)!

And, mysteriously, Paul says he bears on his body the marks of Jesus (v. 17).  Did Paul have the stigmata (the signs of crucifixion) on his body?  We don’t know.  And it’s not his primary point.  His primary point is to live his life in the freedom which Christ purchased for him.  That should be the primary point of your life and mine as well!

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2018 in Galatians

 

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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 22, continued)

Psalm 22[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe Screen Shot 2015-01-04 at 6.21.24 AMof the Morning.” A psalm of David.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me,
    so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
    by night, but I find no rest.[b]

Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
    you are the one Israel praises.[c]
In you our ancestors put their trust;
    they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried out and were saved;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm and not a man,
    scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
    they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
“He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
    “let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
    since he delights in him.”

Yet you brought me out of the womb;
    you made me trust in you, even at my Screen Shot 2015-01-04 at 6.23.59 AMmother’s breast.
10 From birth I was cast on you;
    from my mother’s womb you have been my God.

11 Do not be far from me,
    for trouble is near
    and there is no one to help.

12 Many bulls surround me;
    strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
13 Roaring lions that tear their prey
    open their mouths wide against me.
14 I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
    it has melted within me.
15 My mouth[d] is dried up like a potsherd,
    and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
    you lay me in the dust of death.

16 Dogs surround me,
    a pack of villains encircles me;
    they pierce[e] my hands and my feet.
17 All my bones are on display;
    people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among them
    and cast lots for my garment.

19 But you, Lord, do not be far from me.
    You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
20 Deliver me from the sword,
    my precious life from the power of the dogs.
21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;
    save me from the horns of the wild oxen.

22 I will declare your name to my people;
    in the assembly I will praise you.
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!
    All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
    Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or scorned
    the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him
    but has listened to his cry for help.

25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
    before those who fear you[f] I will fulfill my vows.
26 The poor will eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek the Lord will praise him—
    may your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth
    will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
    will bow down before him,
28 for dominion belongs to the Lord
    and he rules over the nations.

29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
    all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
    those who cannot keep themselves alive.
30 Posterity will serve him;
    future generations will be told about the Lord.
31 They will proclaim his righteousness,
    declaring to a people yet unborn:
    He has done it!

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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