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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 21, 2015 Bible Study — Do Not Measure Yourself Against Others

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Proverbs 23:24

    We are told to honor our parents. This proverb tells us that the best way to do so is to live righteous lives. If we demonstrate wisdom and righteousness in our actions it brings honor to our father and mother. Make your parents proud and give them joy; live a righteous life.

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Psalm 65

    The psalmist reminds us that God will answer our prayers with awesome deeds. This is a reminder, and an incentive, to me that I need to pray more. How can God answer our prayers with awesome deeds if we do not pray? The more we pray, the more opportunity we give God to answer our prayers with awesome deeds!

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Galatians 6

    Paul makes an important point here. If one of our fellow believers is caught up in sin, we should work with them to guide them back to the correct path. However, we need to do so gently and humbly, recognizing that we are not perfect either. As we do this, let us be careful not to make the same mistakes we see them making. Further, it is important that we do not start thinking of ourselves as more important than we are. We need to recognize that our fellow believers do not need our approval, rather, they need God’s approval.
    We should not measure ourselves and what we do against others and what they do. Rather we should measure ourselves against what God is calling us to do. Are we faithfully carrying out the tasks which God has given us? We will reap what we sow. If we act to please our flesh, we will reap results that echo our flesh. Those results will gradually fail and decay, just like our earthly bodies. If on the other hand, we act to please the Spirit, we will reap results which will echo the characteristics of the Spirit, lasting and eternal. Therefore, let us do good to everyone, especially our fellow believers.

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Isaiah 37-38

    In yesterday’s passage the king of Assyria’s representative had told the people of Jerusalem that they could not stand against the Assyrian army. He first said that they should not count on God’s help because Hezekiah had torn down the various shrines in the high places. He followed that up by saying that God would not be able to stop the Assyrians even if He wanted to. In today’s passage the king of Assyria doubled down on those statements. He sent a letter to Hezekiah saying that the kings of Assyria have gone where they pleased and conquered whom they pleased. No other gods were able to stop them and neither would God be able to do so. As always when humans exhibit such hubris (pride/arrogance) God demonstrates that they are wrong. The king of Assyria was convinced that he could do as he pleased and no one could stop him. He probably went to his grave believing that to be true. And yet, he wanted to, and intended to, conquer Jerusalem but was never able to do so. Let us never forget that God does not always act in ways which are obviously supernatural.