Saturday, March 17, 2007

Up next: Galatians 4-6

4:1 The Law served as Israel's guardian against their own selfish natures.

4:10 No need for special days. This is very similar to Paul's statement in Romans 14:5.

5:2 Not a condemnation of circumcision in and of itself, but a pronouncement against righteousness by works.

5:4 Both senses of "falling from grace" seem to apply here. One interpretation signifies transformation from faithfulness to apostasy. The second, and in this case, more likely (considering the context) implies a return to Law and therefore, a fall from or abandonment of grace.

5:10 This verse has interesting implications for men like (for example) Johann Tetzel, who lead the Catholic Church's sale of indulgences. Do they then become responsible for all the sins that they've "indulged" away?

5:13 Forgiveness is not a license to sin.

5:25-26 It is possible to fall out of step with the Holy Spirit and therefore become unable or unqualified to inherit the kingdom of Heaven. (v. 21)

6:7 Another verse listing the principle of sowing and reaping.

6:11 Paul obviously wrote the original copy of this epistle himself.

To continue with Ephesians 1-3, click HERE.

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