Galatians 4:8-20 Interpretation

October 14, 2014Pastor's Blog

Many of the Galatian Christians were idol worshippers before they accepted Christ. In addition, they lived immoral lifestyles which went along with their religion. After accepting Christ many of them still continued in their old religious practices. Paul is now worried about the state of the Galatian Christians because they continue to participate in their … Read More

Galatians 4:8-20 Observation

October 13, 2014Pastor's Blog, Weekly Devotional

Compare and Contrast In today’s passage we will observe again Paul’s emotions towards the Galatian church. Often times when observing the Bible you will not only notice tones and emotions but also comparing and contrasting. Let’s observe the tone of this passage. “O foolish Galatians” (vs.1); “Who has bewitched you?” A question we should ask … Read More

Galatians 4:8-20

October 13, 2014Daily Reading

Paul’s Concern for the Galatians 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once … Read More

Galatians 3:15-25 Application

October 11, 2014Pastor's Blog

Paul never viewed the Law as an enemy of God’s plan for salvation (vs. 21). Rather, the Law was put in place to reveal sin and guard God’s people until Christ came (vs. 24). So what are we to do with the Law today? Is it pointless? Is it merely a throwback to a previous … Read More

Galatians 3:15-25 Interpretation

October 10, 2014Pastor's Blog

Interpretation In Galatians three and four, Paul highlights the error of trying to earn righteousness through relying on the Law instead of God’s promises. He parallels the unchangeable nature of man-made covenants like a will to the covenant that God made with Abraham. Wills cannot be altered and neither can God’s way of imputing or … Read More

Galatians 3:15:25 Observation

October 9, 2014Pastor's Blog

Use Contrasts to Determine Meaning One useful tool for discovering meaning in literature is the use of contrasts. Whereas comparisons focus on similarities between two words or thoughts found in literature, a contrast focuses on the differences between two words or thoughts. Literary contrast takes dissimilar elements, things, or thoughts that are unlike to make … Read More

Galatians 3:15-25

October 9, 2014Daily Reading

The Law and the Promise 15 To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified.16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is … Read More

Galatians 3:1-4 Application

October 8, 2014Pastor's Blog

Galatians 3:1-14 “Finishing” We all start in the same place: SIN. No one saves themselves. Only our faith in Jesus. But like the Galatians, we become complacent with walls believing they’re just a part of life we have to learn to accept, “I’m stuck in this job, with this addiction, with my past, I’ll never … Read More

Galatians 3:1-14 Interpretation

October 7, 2014Pastor's Blog

In this passage of scripture, Paul talks about the importance of us recognizing that we are not only saved by the Gospel, but we also grow by the Gospel. Paul is stating that we don’t begin by faith and then grow through our works. Verse 2 says, “Did you receive the Spirit by the works … Read More

Galatians 3:1-14

October 6, 2014Daily Reading

By Faith, or by Works of the Law? 3 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being … Read More