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Keys to Living Out the Christian Life! (A Study of Galatians 2:19-21) Part 3

Principles, not keys, to victory in the Christian life might be a better way to describe what we are studying for the next few days.  The truths that I see in Galatians 2:19-21 will help the believer in Jesus understand some aspects of living for Him.

Here is our text:

We’ve seen the first key in verse 19 that I must have a proper relationship to the law. The second key that we’ve noticed is that the old me is dead! We read in verse 20- “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live.”

The third key that impacts me here is this:  There is a NEW ME who is to live by faith! (v. 20).  There was a movement years ago called “the Victorious Christian Life” movement.  Some in that movement suggested that Christ now lives His life through us — and we are to be passive channels through whom He lives.  There is certainly some truth to that perspective, but understood wrongly (I believe) can lead to static, passive Christians who don’t take responsibility for their lives.  This kind of Let Go and Let God mentality runs counter to such challenges as Peter’s when he writes, “Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” (2 Pe. 1).

There is a NEW ME who is to strategically and aggressively live out what it means to be a new creature in Christ!  This is not sanctification by the flesh (which Paul addresses throughout the book of Galatians), but an active dependence on God the Holy Spirit to help us follow hard after God.

Today’s challenge: Are you ready to count your NEW SELF ALIVE today? What additives do you need to focus on in your life in obedience to Peter’s challenge in 2 Peter 1? (to be continued)

[For those who are interested, the Victorious Christian Life Movement (sometimes called the Keswick Movement) is evaluated here.  A primary source critiquing it is found here.]

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Posted by on July 12, 2018 in CHRISTIAN LIVING


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One Hundred Questions about the Book of GALATIANS! (Ch. 6)

One hundred questions go pretty fast, don’t they?  We only have seventeen more questions to ask about this book of Galatians.  These posts are in preparation for my teaching this great New Testament book to a group of students at Word of Life Korea in June!

I am not a NT scholar, but thoroughly enjoy tackling a book like Galatians.  My approach is to first ask a lot of questions about each chapter, then read several commentaries, then eventually develop my outline of the book.

My heart is on practical matters, so I want to deal with the nuts and bolts of everyday Christian living.  Let’s see what we find in this last chapter:

Seventeen Questions about Galatians chapter six:
1. Do Christians still SIN? Of course! How do we help one another with overcoming SIN (v. 1)?
2. What does it mean to be “caught” in a sin (v. 1)?
3. What are the marks of someone who is living by the Spirit (v. 1)?
4. Why is gentleness important in restoring such a caught saint (v. 1)?
5. What is the danger for the one doing the “restoring” (v. 1)?
6. To what might the term “burden” be referring in verse 2?
7. Has Paul used the expression “the law of Christ” in this epistle prior to this chapter (v. 2)?
8. What is the only way to overcome self-deception (v. 3)?
9. Is there really a kind of godly pride? What does that kind of pride look like (v. 4)?
10. What seems to be the point that Paul is making in verse 6?
11. This idea of sowing and reaping — what is meant by “pleasing the flesh”? by “pleasing the Spirit” (vv. 7-8)?
12. How could the church do a better job of doing good — to all (v. 10)?
13. Does verse 11 give us a clue as to what Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” 2 Cor. 12) was?
14. Back to the issue of circumcision — what are the motives of those seeking to compel the Galatians to be circumcised (vv. 12-13)?
15. Boasting is mentioned a second time here in chapter 6. Put into your own words Paul’s “boast” in verse 14.
16. What is far more important that the issue of circumcision (v. 15)?
17. What in the world does Paul mean by “I bear on my body the marks of Jesus” (v. 17). Did he indeed have the stigmata?

Thank you for reading through my questions. May the Lord encourage you today to live as the new creation!

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Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Galatians


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