- Created by: Erin W
- Created on: 25-11-18 14:37
- Paul explains 'justification by faith' in earlier Galatians
- He now gives them practical lessons that they can live out.
- Tells them to hold tight to the freedom Jesus gave them.
- With the freedom, they should live a life that pleases God and is not reckless or sinful.
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Paul's hope for the Galatians
- Paul compares Christian effort to "a runner in a race" - Fitzmyer
- He says they made a good start in their lives, but Judaisers have been getting in their way and hat they have been sidetracked from true path.
- Paul compares Judaisers to yeast in dough: small but overpowering.
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Christian Freedom - The Law
- Paul's main point is that Christian freedom is liberty from having to secure justification by actions and laws.
- Through his death Jesus set the Galatians free from having to obey the Jewish Law.
- However, Paul meant the dietary and circumcision laws - not ethical and moral laws.
- Paul stresses that liberty "must not be confused with libertinism" - Gurthrie.
- The Christian freedom that Jesus gives them does not mean they are free to sin - they are free to not sin.
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- They were to use the power of the Holy Spirit to live a life of loving service to others.
- The Holy Spirit would enable them to develope a Christ-like character.
- Bruce: to "walk by the Spirit" means "let your conduct be directed by the Spirit."
- Paul says the free spirit and selfishness are "antithetical" and that they can only live one of these ways.
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Sowing to Please the Spirit
- Paul reminds the Galatians of the gift of the Spirit that God had given them when they had first believed in Jesus.
- Those who let God's Spirit do the growth work in him "harvests a crop of real, eternal, life."
- Paul accuses Judaisers of boasting, but Paul only boasts about the cross of Jesus.
- Circumcision means nothing, all that matters to Paul is a new creation.
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- Paul explains that those who follow his proclamation on life in the Spirit and Christian freedom will be the "the true Israel of God."
- Core issue boils down to a simple but profound choice: Christ or the Torah - Hubbard.
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