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Finally we have reached the last two sins on Paul’s vice list. “Drunkenness” today and “revellings” tomorrow, the Lord willing. The noun is “methe,” which infers “intoxication.” And surprisingly, it is only found in the New Testament three times, as a noun. In Luke 21:0, during one of Jesus’ Sermons (on prophecy this particular time), […]
For some reason, a number of current translations of the New Testament “omit” today’s subject! Today’s “sin” I should say. But others include it with a note, “not in some manuscripts!” But it IS in the old Textus Receptus, the Greek Bible from which our King James Version translators worked. Men of scholarly repute indeed. […]
Our word for the day, in this terrible list, is “seditions.” One more thing to avoid as Christians! Have you noticed that some of these “sins” nearly overlap? The Greek for “seditions” is “dichostasia.” It is a blended word, with a prefix (“dis” from “duo”) meaning two, the number two. Then the noun’s “root,” which […]
I’ve heard the word all my life, it seems. “Heresies!” (Yet I still have trouble spelling it!) But there’s no way around it today, it being in Paul’s “works of the flesh” list. Look with me. “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, […]
No, Paul is NOT splitting hairs! Not in my opinion, anyway. Each of these “qualities” (wrong word, “sins”) has its own meaning, though some of them appear to be closely linked. Today we study the selfish trait of “envy.” Paul places it immediately after “heresies” and just before “murders,” on his nefarious “works of the […]
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, STRIFE …” Galatians 5:19-20, with today’s “key word” capitalized. Let’s talk about “strife,” which is not to be practiced by us Christians! It is a product, an effort, of the flesh, apart from the […]
It is spelled “thumos,” the Galatians 5:21 noun for “wrath.” However, another Greek word is also used in the New Testament for “wrath,” that being “orge.” So one tends to ask, “Why ‘thumos’ here?” There is a difference between the two words, according to the wordsmiths. “Thumos” is a sudden burst of anger! A “fit […]
Yes, “naturally” our flesh is selfish! What an understatement! And Paul emphasizes, here in Galatians 5:20, that one of our lower-natured traits is “emulation.” Except Paul pluralizes the noun in our Text! Many “emulations!” What are they? The Greek is “zelos.” Literally our word (borrowed from that noble tongue) “zeal!” But here … NOT zeal […]
I don’t think a single “newer” translation of the Bible uses the same word, “variance,” as does the King James Version. Not in Galatians 5:20, or anywhere else that I can find. “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, VARIANCE, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, […]
In our minds there is a BIG difference between “fornication” and “hatred.” But look! Both sins made this “list,” this “works of the flesh” catalogue. One is a blatant “sexual” sin, so to speak … the other, merely a “social” sin. Located quite near everyday “strife” in Paul’s compilation, really. Yet today “hatred” must be […]
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these … idolatry, witchcraft ….” Galatians 5:19-20 After 4 sensual sins, sexual sins … Paul’s list adds 2 (a pair) sins that deal with the supernatural, that function in the area of worship. “Theological sins,” one might term them! And certainly “idolatry” qualities as such. […]
Yes, there is some order to Paul’s “list,” those nefarious works of the flesh. Even though one normally thinks of the activities of the world/flesh/devil to be rather chaotic! However, I suspect Paul’s mind (what a masterpiece it was) could analyze and categorize just about anything! Plus we know this, God the Holy Spirit (the […]
The Greek noun translated (in Galatians 5:19) “lasciviousness” is spelled “aselgeia.” It means “sensuality” for sure, but to the point of absolute “indecency!” It is illicit sexuality (approving everything God disapproves) on steroids! Hyper sensuality! Over the top! Some Greek scholars see these first four sins in our list (“adultery, fornication, uncleanness and lasciviousness,” all […]
The first four “sins” in Paul’s “works of the flesh” list pertain to sensuality, sexuality. Which was really the “blight” of the Roman world. “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; ADULTERY, FORNICATION, UNCLEANNESS, LASCIVIOUSNESS, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: […]
The Greek word is “porneia.” And it is in Galatians 5:19 translated “fornication.” The normal Greek word for a prostitute is “porne,” to give you an idea of the “spirit” behind the term Paul has used here. As in: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, FORNICATION, uncleanness, lasciviousness …” […]
That is, in the King James Version, the first four! “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness …” Galatians 5:19, count them. Exactly four sins relating to man’s (woman’s) sexual propensities. The reason I say “King James Version” is because no “modern” translation of the Bible includes […]
Today’s Lesson begins a list, and what a list it is! Seventeen sins! Or groups of sins. All deadly to a victorious Christian life! Galatians 5:19 announces, in brief: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these …” Wow! When we (the very next paragraph of Galatians chapter 5) discuss the “Spirit,” […]
Paul is walking a fine line here, as he writes the Galatians. He will not, can not, completely denigrate the Law of Moses! It had its functions, this being one of them: “The law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, […]
Paul admits it! “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” Galatians 5:17 This verse surprises me, in a way. Not that the “flesh” (that still dwells in me and “pulls” […]
Paul, in Galatians 5:16, just used the clause “walk in the Spirit,” primarily as an antidote to one’s producing the works of the flesh. But, must be, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do even that, to “walk in the spirit.” Or maybe I should say there is more than one “spirit” […]
Today’s Text is simply beautiful, yet profound! “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” The Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:16. One little verb, in the imperative (giving a clear command) mood, yet probably holding the very “key” to the victorious Christian life! It all […]
What a graphic verse today! “But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.” Galatians 5:15 Wow! Both verbs, “bite” and “devour,” describe some kind of a wild animal scenario! A fierce fight between beasts! And if not that, from the world of zoology … then […]
Technically speaking, the “Law” of the Old Testament, telling it in its entirety, encompasses the first five Books of the Bible, called the Pentateuch! Genesis through Deuteronomy, to be more exact. And that “Torah” consists of 613 different commandments, some negative and others positive. But Moses, at God’s Behest, homogenized that vast “Law” into (what […]
“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13 True, we Christians are at “liberty!” We are no longer under the shackles of the Law! But this fact DOES NOT mean that we can live however our flesh […]
And that noun, “vehemence,” means? “A display of strong feeling, very strong!” Extreme passion! Even to the point of anger! Students, in Latin “vemens” means (as it looks) “violent, forceful!” Wow! But that’s my word, describing Paul in today’s Bible Text, our (Galatians) Verse for the day. Yet let’s let him (Paul) talk! “I would […]

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