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One line again today, Galatians 2:21b … “For if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” What? “THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN?” Did Paul really think that? In other words: “If a man can get ‘saved’ by the Law of Moses … then the Death Jesus would not have been […]
The capstone of Galatians 2:20 is every bit as beautiful as any other of that Verse’s thrilling revelations! It’s like the “icing on the cake!” Let me show you. Paul writes, testifies: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live […]
Today’s Galatians Text is short, but revealing! Paul affirms: “I do not frustrate the grace of God.”(Galatians 2:21, really Galatians 2:21a) And by “grace” here (in Greek “charis”) he means God’s “free gift” of salvation. Salvation bestowed “without human works.” Salvation apart from obeying the Law of Moses, as a requirement! The verb “frustrate” translates […]
This today is the fourth Lesson taken from Galatians 2:20, that single verse. With at least one more to go! I find it one of the most important collections of truth in all the New Testament … when it comes to living a successful (mature) Christian Life! “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; […]
For Paul, “Christ had become the Sole Meaning of life!” That’s an indirect quote from a Bible Teacher of years ago. Something I read earlier this morning. Proof? “I live by the faith of the Son of God …” Galatians 2:20, Paul’s testimony! The impetus to Paul’s amazing biography! The verb “live” (in Greek “zao,” […]
Paul literally claimed this astounding fact: “Christ liveth in me.” Galatians 2:20 By “Christ” (in Greek spelled “Christos”) he of course means the “Anointed One” of God (which is the literal definition of “Christos!”). That’s Jesus, to us Christians! God the Son! The verb “liveth” translates “zao,” meaning (according to the scholars) “life at its […]
Several books go by that simple title, “Nevertheless!” The word reeks with determination! And at times with inevitability! (“It IS going to happen,” in that sense!) And Paul the Apostle uses it in today’s Bible Study Text, Galatians 2:20. Uses it with great effectiveness, too! (“Nevertheless” appears 97 times in the King James Version of […]
In what may be the central (key) verse in the whole Epistle of Galatians … Galatians 2:20 (our Text for several mornings, looks like) … Paul makes a statement that has been quoted millions of times! “I am crucified with Christ.” Wow! That verb “crucified with” as here rendered in English, is the Greek “sustauroo.” […]
In one magisterial sentence Paul sums up his relationship to the law, meaning the Law of Moses. Here in Galatians 2:19 he prudently writes: “For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.” “Through” the law, using the simple Greek preposition “dia,” essentially means “by” the law. Better […]
Paul is aghast! Could anyone forsake the Grace of God and revert to a complex system of laws, 613 of them to be exact, in order to go to Heaven when he or she dies? Yet some of Paul’s church-members in the Roman Province of Galatia had done that, or were on the verge! So […]
Today’s Text, verse is tough! In fact, I have had to include a second (Galatians) verse to help further clarify what Paul is saying. At least what I believe he is saying. Paul here asks, in his sometimes opaque way: “But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found […]
Paul the Apostle was ever impacted by the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ! And he is also keenly interested in proving that Jews and Gentiles alike are saved “by Grace through faith!” Listen to him review this vital theology, soteriology … “We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing […]
Paul is upset! At the way Peter has been acting! Some of the time (while in Antioch with Paul) the famous Jerusalem Apostle would eat with the Gentiles, apparently “no questions asked.” Then at other times (depending on who was in town, especially certain “believers” from James’ coalition) … Peter would not “touch” a bite […]
It, “hapax legomenon,” means a word that appears only once in a document, in a book, in any body of literature! (It has a Greek origin, the language of the New Testament. Where “lego” means “to say.” And “hapax” means “once, once only.”) And in today’s Text, Galatians 2:14 (only its first clause), a drastically important […]
“Versus?” Is that the word you want, Brother Bagwell? It means, taken directly from Latin, “against!” As in “opposed” to someone! Nearly “face-to-face” with them confrontationally! But we should really let Paul tell his own story. “When Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. For […]
Photo made last night after the Service. Pastor Roy Waldroup (First Baptist Church, Fletcher, NC) and me. I think the Man of God, this Preacher is one of my heroes! And I had the honor of preaching in his pulpit the past four days and nights! Wow! LESSON DELAYED … DUE TO TRAVEL At least that’s my […]
What an amazing man, the Apostle Paul! A “giant” any way you study him! A leader among men! Yet he never seemed to get too “big” in his own eyes! Never was “full of himself,” as they say. And never selfish! He wonderfully enfleshed the attitude of humility Jesus modeled so well! And Paul was […]
I really feel that Paul’s letter (Epistle, in the truest sense of the word) to the Churches of Galatia may be the most personal thing, autobiographical thing, the Apostle ever wrote. Or that we still have available to us, anyway. And today he continues with his life story, testifying: “For he that wrought effectually in […]
Paul at Jerusalem, presenting the Gospel he preaches … to none other than the original Church “leaders!” And on top of that, receiving their approval for his “mission” to the Gentiles! A “whosoever will” Gospel, not a “law of Moses” Gospel! A Gospel emphasizing God’s Grace, not man’s works (even good works)! And that leads […]
Jesus died for Jews! Jesus died for Gentiles! Jesus died for “all,” everyone, for “whosoever will!” And that (seems to me) is the glorious conclusion reached by those who were “in conference” with Paul the Apostle in Galatians chapter 2. “But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, […]
Posted Thursday Evening … 10:15 PM … by a tired Preacher! Our “motel” for two nights, pretty location! Debbie and I awoke this morning in Marion, North Carolina. We drove home, to Tunnel Hill, Georgia. Repacked the car, and I headed out to the northeast Georgia mountains, to preach some more! That’s why no Galatians […]
To me that is a “catchy” clause, “added nothing,” today’s Lesson Title. Paul has been to Jerusalem. “In conference” with some of the Church “leaders” there. Sharing with them the “Gospel” he had been preaching! “Comparing notes,” so to speak! And Paul deduces: “But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it […]
Few men of God ever have been as adamant as the Apostle Paul, particularly in respect to the great doctrine of salvation by grace, God’s Grace! He traveled untold miles, suffered innumerable trials, and virtually lived his whole (Christian) life defending the “by Grace through faith” concept of salvation! The only true means of going […]
Why has Paul felt so strongly led to tell us (in autobiographical style) about his experiences (relatively early in his ministry) with the believers in Jerusalem, some of them Apostles? And why has he told this (in some detail) in his Letter to the Galatian Churches? For one main reason! And we discover that in today’s […]
Paul’s story continues, this first hand account of his life, his early ministry. “But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised,” when Paul went to Jerusalem, Galatians 2:3 Accompanying Paul on this visit were both Barnabas and Titus. The former being a Jew and the latter a Greek, […]

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