Galatians, Part 11

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 24, 2016

  • Galatians 6:1-18
  • Galatians 6:10 – Note that the context here does not include benevolence. The context concerns helping those who are caught in a trespass.  We are to help all that we encounter that are struggling with sin, but especially fellow Christians.
  • Galatians 6:11 – Some try to argue that Paul had large handwriting, indicating poor eyesight, but there is not much support for this. The Greek word translated “letter(s)” here means document, letter, or written law, which seems to indicate that Paul was referring to his volume of writing.

Galatians, Part 10

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 17, 2016

  • Galatians 5:16-6:4
  • Galatians 5:22 – Love: see I John 4:20.
  • Galatians 5:23 – All the other components of the fruit of the spirit rest upon one having self-control.
  • Galatians 5:26 – See Philippians 2:3-4.
  • Galatians 6:5 – Every man is responsible for his own life.

Galatians, Part 9

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 10, 2016

  • Galatians 5:16-23
  • Galatians 5:16-21 – The word “flesh” in this passage refers to the fleshly mindset of man as it contrasts with the spiritual mindset of man. See Acts 17:31.

Galatians, Part 7

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 27, 2016

  • Galatians 4:17-5:4
  • Galatians 4:17 – The Judaizing teachers were seeking them out so they could shut them out of the kingdom by binding them to the old law again.
  • Galatians 4:19-20 – Paul looked at the Galatians as his children in Christ.
  • Galatians 4:21-31 – Paul compares the Old and New Covenant to Sarah and Hagar.
    • Hagar = Mt. Sinai = Old Covenant
    • Sarah = Heavenly Jerusalem = New Covenant
    • Ishmael = Jews
    • Isaac = Christians
    • Galatians 4:30 – The Scripture says to cast out the bondwoman (Old Covenant) and her son (the Jews). Christians were now to be God’s chosen people.
  • Galatians 5:1-6 – Circumcision no longer has a religious purpose before God. Those who were trying to keep that part of the old law were bound to keep the entire law!

Galatians, Part 6

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 20, 2016

  • Galatians 4:1-16
  • Galatians 4:1-7 – Through Christ, we have become sons of God, and heirs to the promise of salvation.
    • Galatians 4:6 – See Romans 8:15.
  • Galatians 4:8-11 – Paul is trying to get the Galatians to realize how much they were giving up to try to go back to the old law. They were giving up their relationship of son-ship with God.
    • Galatians 4:11 – See I Corinthians 3:11-15. The Galatians were Paul’s work.  He did not want to lose them!
  • Galatians 4:15 – Some interpret this to mean that Paul had poor eyesight. This verse does not necessarily say that.  Paul could have simply been indicating the great love they had shown him.

Galatians, Part 5

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 13, 2016

  • Galatians 3:15-29
  • Galatians 3:18 – Our inheritance is based on the promise given to Abraham, not on the law. The Galatians were trying to go back to the old law, but Paul is trying to get them to see that it would not get them any closer to salvation.
  • Galatians 3:19 – God provided the law to define what sin was until Jesus came.
  • Galatians 3:20 – There was a mediator for the Old Covenant, but God was the only one involved when He brought His promise to pass in bringing Jesus. Here God is showing the superiority of Christ and the New Covenant over the Old Covenant.
  • Galatians 3:21-22 – The law and the promise were not contradictory. The law prepared the way for the promise to come.

Galatians, Part 4

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 6, 2016

  • Galatians 3:1-14
  • Galatians 3:1 – The word “foolish” here means, “having poor judgment.”
  • Galatians 3:2 – See II Corinthians 3. Spirit here most likely means the work of the Holy Spirit, i.e., the gospel.  Many take the view that this is talking about the personal indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which conflicts with other passages.
  • Galatians 3:10 – Those who were trying to find salvation by keeping the law of Moses were under a curse because they could not keep the law perfectly. The blood of Christ allows us to be saved even though we have sinned.  Jesus came to redeem us from the curse of the law.  See Joel 2:32.

Galatians, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 30, 2015

  • Galatians 2:11-3:2
  • Galatians 2:14 – We must be like Paul in standing up for the truth regardless of the opposition.
  • Galatians 2:16 – Note that the context here is the old law vs. the new law. Paul is making the point that we are not justified by works of the old law.  Of course, man is not now nor has ever been justified by because no one has been able to keep either the old law or new law perfectly (except Jesus).  Calvinists attempt to use this verse to argue that man’s actions have no bearing on our salvation, but that is not the point of this verse at all.  We are justified by grace, but must obey God in order to take advantage of that grace.

Galatians, Part 2

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 23, 2015

  • Galatians 1:13-2:10
  • Galatians 1:15 – Some believe that this verse is stating that God chose Paul from birth to preach to the Gentiles. It is possible that Paul is just using worshipful language of God.  See Acts 9:1-16.  God’s calling came to Paul later in life, but He did call Paul specifically to preach to the Gentiles.
  • Galatians 1:19 – James, the Lord’s brother was not one of the original 12 apostles. The word “apostle” just means one who is chosen and sent.  In this sense, James was an apostle in the same sense as Paul.
  • Galatians 2:2 – Paul compared the gospel he was preaching to what Peter, James, and John were preaching (see Galatians 2:9) and found they were in complete agreement.
  • Galatians 2:5 – Paul did not tolerate false teaching at all. He stood up to them and refuted their teaching.
  • Galatians 2:10 – Some try to use this passage to prove that the church should practice unlimited benevolence. The context, however, is preaching.  Peter, James, and John wanted Paul to make sure to bring the gospel to the poor.  Even if this passage is talking about benevolence, Paul was the one being instructed to do so – not the church!

Galatians, Part 1

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 16, 2015

  • Galatians 1:1-12
  • The book of Galatians
    • Written about A.D. 57-58. The writer was Paul, but the author was the Holy Spirit.
    • Written to the churches in Galatia (Galatians 1:2).
  • Galatians 1:1 – Paul affirms that the source of the gospel he is preaching is heaven – not men.
  • Galatians 1:3 – This peace is not to come at all costs. In the Old Testament, God allowed the kingdom of Israel to be divided rather than have peace and unity in error.
  • Galatians 1:4 – The word “evil” here is translated from the Greek “πονηρός (ponēros),” which means “morally bad.”
  • Galatians 1:6-7 – Paul is using a play on words here with the words for “different” and “another” to strengthen his point that there is no other