- Created on Thursday, 24 December 2009 11:53
After discussing the purpose of the law, Paul went on to say, "Freedom is what we have - Christ has set us free!" (Galatians 5:1) How did Christ set us free? Are we "free" to now break the commandments, to cheat, steal, murder, and so on? In fact, from a certain perspective, Jesus seems to make the law more difficult. He goes beyond the command, "Do not murder" to now say, "Don't hate" and even "Love your enemies". In what sense are we now "free" as Christians? The book of Galatians is a great place to understand what freedom is all about.
- Created on Friday, 13 March 2009 11:53
Paul makes the incredibly bold statement at the beginning of this book that if you do not accept his version of the gospel, "may you be condemned to hell." And, he would later go on to say that those who distort the gospel by suggesting that we get right with God by keeping the law should "go all the way and castrate themselves." Would this not suggest that it is critically important that we each come to a strong opinion on what the gospel really is? And, since Paul would say that we are not put right with God by keeping the law, he then asks the obvious questions, "What then was the purpose of the law?" His answer to this question is so important!
- Created on Wednesday, 07 May 2008 11:53
What was it that stirred Paul to say that if anyone - even an angel from heaven - preached a different gospel, that he should be condemned to hell. What's so important about Paul's version of the gospel? What law was added to be our schoolmaster? Why does God make so much use of law? What does it mean to be free of the law? How is it possible for us to obey the law?