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There Is No Male and Female (Galatians 3:28)

In talking about the new one family of God that we join through faith in Jesus, the apostle Paul said, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28; ESV). I have heard this verse used to suggest that men and women now are completely equal in their roles and functions before God. Therefore women can be preachers and women can be…

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Elementary Principles (Galatians 4:3)

The first few verses of Galatians 4 are considered difficult because of the phrase "elementary principles." Notice this section of text and let's see if we can figure out by the context what Paul is talking about. 4:1 I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, 2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. 3 In…

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One Family (Galatians 3:28)

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28; ESV) Paul has previously taught that the promise of Abraham is for one family in Jesus Christ to receive God's blessings (Galatians 3:16). There would not be multiple families of God. There is only one group of redeemed people. There is only one family of God. The Law of Moses did not annul or set…

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New Math? (Galatians 3:17) part 2

Little did I know, but Apologetics Press has done much the leg work concerning the time of the slavery of the children of Israel in Egypt. Thanks to Joe for the heads up on that and the link. Here is their explanation, but it reconciles with my thoughts. http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/2513 The ESV Study Bible notes in a similar way: came 430 years afterward. Paul is apparently referring to the Septuagint translation of Ex. 12:40, “The dwelling of the children of Israel…

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NLT and Galatians 3:16

I am studying Galatians this morning and came across, what I believe to be, a huge miss for the NLT. It occurs in Galatians 3:16 – God gave the promises to Abraham and his child. And notice that the Scripture doesn’t say “to his children,” as if it meant many descendants. Rather, it says “to his child” –and that, of course, means Christ. (NLT) Compare with a traditional rendering - Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made.…

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Pay The Elders

I would say that the churches I have been part of or have visited typically do not pay their shepherds as they rule and oversee the congregation. Yet their is ample evidence from the scriptures that they should be paid when possible for their efforts. Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy ofdouble honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,”…

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Pay The Preacher

There is something about this verse that I have never noticed before: In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel. (1 Corinthians 9:14; ESV) The thing I missed was "the Lord commanded." The Lord commands that those who proclaim the gospel receive their living by the gospel. God commands it. How was there ever a belief in the past that preachers ought not to be paid for doing…

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Love Implies Free Will

For God to love us that he gave his own Son implies that God had the free will and choice. This is why many New Testament letters call us "chosen" or "elect." God decided to love us. He did not have to love us. Nothing forced God to pick us. Love, by its very meaning, is a choice. If love is forced, then it is not love. Love means that I do not have to do it. Love is my…

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By Becoming A Curse For Us (Galatians 3:13)

Another misunderstood and misinterpreted text that is used to prove Calvinism is Galatians 3:13-14. 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us–for it is written,“Cursed is everyone who is hangedon a tree”– 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so thatwe might receivethe promised Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13-14; ESV) I have read this text so many times and missed it over and over…

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Why I Am Not A Calvinist – Psalm 51:5

Behold,I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. (Psalm 51:5; ESV) It is of great interest to me that people like to use Psalm 51:5 as a proof text for total hereditary depravity. The reason I find it a curiosity is because the Psalms are not a good place to establish doctrine or theology. It is very dangerous to go to the Psalms, which are admittedly poetic, and assume doctrinal teaching is the intention…

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