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Recently in our Galatians study we have been spending one whole lesson in a single verse. Sometimes in half a verse, or less! But today we need to take an overview of three complete verses! In order to get their continuity, to see their proper context. And the Apostle Paul is still being “personal” to […]
I believe today’s Text Verse reflects conditions as they were when Paul first preached the Gospel to the Galatians. “Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all.” Galatians 4:12 Here Paul is saying something like this: “Dear Brothers (and Sisters) in Christ, […]
In what is (far more than I ever though) one of Paul’s most personal Epistles … GALATIANS reveals the great Apostle’s heart (which is “breaking” over the faithlessness of his people)! The Galatian Christians are (some of them anyway) drifting dangerously toward the Law of Moses as their standard of operation, leaving behind the far […]
“Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.” Galatians 4:10, Paul’s short but rather caustic observation concerning the Galatians new (bad) habits! The verb “observe” is in the indicative mood here, stating a clear fact. It is also written here in the present tense, action happening at that very time. They had not stopped […]
It seems the Galatians (maybe even all human beings) enjoyed being “under bondage” to something, or someone! At least Galatians 4:9 wonders about that! Today is our third (Website) Lesson on this great Verse! “But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak […]
Adjectives they are, “weak” and “beggarly” both! And there’s not (among scholars and theologians) a full consensus on what (exactly) they are describing in Galatians 4:9, Paul’s great divinely inspired Treatise on our Liberty in Christ, or maybe better, on the Grace of God! Here’s our Text today: “But now, after that ye have known […]
Today’s Text is lengthy, the Verse we’re going to study. For that reason, I have opted to discuss its first line today, then more tomorrow morning. Galatians 4:9 … “But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye […]
Read with me today’s Bible Study Verse … “Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. “ Galatians 4:7 No more a “servant,” a “doulos” in Greek, just meaning “a common slave!” No more under a harsh taskmaster! One no longer needing […]
Today’s Bible Text (Verse) is quite straightforward, really. Yet it is also just a “piece” of the puzzle Paul is solving … as he reasons with his Galatian followers of Christ. It takes an overall view of our whole paragraph (not JUST today’s verse) to get the whole picture! Nonetheless … “Howbeit then, when ye […]
Paul just keeps writing one great verse after another! In this Section of the Epistle to the Galatians. And today’s Text is no exception! “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:6 The Greek “conjunction” (which “joins” this sentence to the […]
Galatians 4:5 has a great ending! Jesus came to earth (over 2,000 years ago) … “to redeem them (us) that were under the law, that we might receive the ADOPTION OF SONS.” By the way, the verb “receive” is “apolambano” in Greek. It means “to take,” particularly “to take that which has been promised to […]
Yesterday we looked at Galatians 4:4, as it pertained to Jesus. “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law” which clearly needs more information to complete its thrust. Which today brings us to Galatians 4:5, “To redeem them that were under […]
I am a little late today posting the Lesson. But what a Text it is! “When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law!” Galatians 4:4 Wow! Why a delay? Earlier this morning I recorded a new CD Sermon (Hosea chapter 6, verse […]
One of the Epistle’s best known verses today! “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.” Galatians 4:4, but verse 5 is equally as important, completing the thought! Verse 5, tomorrow’s Text, the Lord willing. The first phrase here is unique […]
Paul, talking about things as they were “before Jesus came to earth,” has humanity living in “slavery!” His words, “under tutors and governors.” Controlled by a person the Bible calls a “schoolmaster!” And today the Apostle goes even further. “Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world.” […]
Paul makes a great chronological Statement today, actually part of a divinely inspired Clause we began considering yesterday morning. (That Lesson is archived here for you, if you missed it.) “But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.” Galatians 4:2 … with a child, a minor, being the one who […]
I never dreamed that our journey through the New Testament Epistle of Galatians would be this lengthy! Today we begin chapter 4, statistically (just as well say) 50% into the marvelous little Book! Yes, it has 6 chapters, in total. If I have counted correctly, 149 verses. And we have now (although briefly) discussed 74 […]
Christians … being called “Abraham’s seed?” Not literally, by physical descent, “Abraham’s seed.” No, but by faith in Jesus we have become “Abraham’s seed” spiritually! I am (as we have heard again and again), since being saved, “in Christ.” And Christ (Jesus) is “of/in Abraham,” the son of Abraham (even though literally Virgin Born). See […]
That would be, arguably, Galatians 3:28. I’ve read it hundreds of times, not exaggerating, in commentary after commentary. Especially the more recently written ones! The complementarian ones, for sure! “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” […]
Today we get another one of Paul’s beautiful “word pictures” about salvation. About salvation by grace through faith in Christ Jesus alone! And this metaphor deals with “baptism,” as our Lesson heading (title) indicates. “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” So wrote the Holy Spirit through […]
It’s Paul’s main (life) message, specifically to the Gentiles! (Though Gentiles are Jews are saved the same way!) And today’s Bible Text expresses that message perfectly, Galatians 3:26. (Galatians chapter 3 only has 29 verses. So early next week we will segue into chapter 4, with its 31 verses. Chapter 4 is also one of […]
We learned yesterday that the Law (of Moses) is like a “schoolmaster,” an “in-charge” person who virtually tells us every move to make. Nearly a “guardian” … for an under-aged minor, but certainly not for an adult! And now today we learn even more! Paul continues to write: “But after that faith is come, we […]
I doubt any Bible commentator has ever used that term for the Law, “prison guard!” But Paul does, in essence, in today’s Text, in Galatians 3:23. And in a way, the Apostle is again giving his personal “testimony.” “But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should […]
At least, I suspect this is the case. And here is that metaphor, “schoolmaster!” “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” Galatians 3:24 Others can, no doubt, share this same testimony. The Law made us fearful, Jesus set us at ease! The Law harshly […]
Today our Bible focus (part of our “journey” through Paul’s Epistle to the Churches of Galatia) centers on an amazing little verse about “faith.” “But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. “ Galatians 3:22 I this morning see several […]

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