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December 6, 2017 Bible Study — Freedom To Act According To The Leading Of The Holy Spirit

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading.

Today, I am reading and commenting on Galatians 1-6.

    In Paul’s letter to the Galatians he focuses on salvation through faith not by works. The focus of his point is that we cannot be saved by following rituals, not even the rituals of the Law of Moses. We have been freed from following the Law by the Holy Spirit and faith.

I am going to take a slight aside here because I came across a story which suggested that there is a strain of Christian theology which teaches that women are inferior to men and will continue to be so in Heaven. That is an idea which Paul puts firmly to rest in this passage. In the same verses where he does that, Paul also puts to rest the notion that people of one ethnic background are superior, or inferior, to those of another ethnic background. Finally, Paul also rejects the idea that those from one social class is superior, or inferior, to those from another social class. In Galatians 3:28 Paul tells us that “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” I am not better than you, you are not better than me. And neither one of us is better than that other person over there (no matter who that is).

OK, back to my main theme. We have been freed from the obligation to follow the Law of Moses by Christ’s death and resurrection, which is a good thing because we would fail to follow on one point or another even if we were obligated to do so. We are not capable of being good enough to earn a spot in Heaven.

    However, if we have truly embraced the saving faith which the Spirit will give to us, we will not use our freedom to indulge our fleshly desires. Instead we will strive to serve others in love. Our fleshly desires are contrary to the Spirit. So, Paul points out that our freedom from the Law of Moses comes from being led by the Spirit, but if we are led by the Spirit we will act according to the Spirit, not according to fleshly desires. If we act according to fleshly desires we will find ourselves falling under the dominance of the Law once more. If we look at society around us we see how this works out. Harvey Weinstein used the freedom afforded him by the “sexual revolution” to indulge his desires rather than to serve others in love. He is now discovering that he is under the dominance of a Law which will demand he suffer the consequences of his actions, consequences of which he thought he was free. So, let us not make a similar error.

September 14, 2015 Bible Study — There Is Only One Gospel

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Proverbs 23:12

    The key to gaining wisdom is to commit yourself to learning and never stop. If you ever think you have learned all that you need to know, you have become a fool.

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Psalm 58

    It may seem as if all of those in positions of authority have lost sight of the meaning of the word justice, or if they know the meaning they do not think it important. However, the time will soon come when God will sweep aside the wicked authorities and punish them for their sin. God demands that those in positions of authority deliver justice to those under their power. If they fail to do so, if they free the guilty and punish the innocent, God will bring His judgment down on them.

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Galatians 1

    There is only one Gospel. There are not many different versions of the Good News, different ways to get to Heaven. Those who argue otherwise always start out with the argument, “How do you know that you are right and others are wrong?” The answer is that I may not be right, but it is not possible that the Gospel as taught in the New Testament is true AND these other religious teachings are true. Paul is here reiterating this fact, if what he taught was true than these other teachings, which contradicted what he taught, cannot be true.
    It took me a long time to understand the point which Paul makes next. Initially, it seems as if Paul is bragging that what he taught was independent of what was taught by those Apostles who had walked as Jesus’ disciples. However, I have come to the realization that that is not what Paul is saying here. Rather, he is saying that the fact that the Gospel he teaches is the same as that taught by the other Apostles is evidence of its truth. He did not learn the Gospel from them. He came to it through direct revelation. However, when he later went up to Jerusalem and met with the Apostles, what he ha learned by studying Scripture and Divine revelation was consistent with what Peter had been taught by Jesus (another form of Divine revelation).

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Isaiah 15-18

    I know there is another message here, but I will write on the one which strikes me today. We need to be call our neighbors to follow God because when God’s judgment comes falling on them, it it will not stop at the borders to their land. Let us seek to reach our neighbors with God’s message before their sin brings God’s judgment upon them. Otherwise we may get caught in the backlash.