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.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 20, 2015

  • Galatians 5:4 – Refutes the doctrine of perseverance of the saints.
  • Acts 7:54 – Refutes the doctrine of irresistible grace.
  • Limited atonement: the doctrine that Christ died to save only a limited number of people – His death was designated to save some and not others.
  • Consequences of the doctrine:
    • Denies the free will of man (Revelation 22:17)
    • Makes God a respecter of persons (Romans 2:11)
    • Makes preaching the gospel to sinners a mockery, i.e., tantalizes him with an invitation to come when he cannot come.
  • Proof texts examined:
    • Matthew 1:21 – Only “his people” would be saved. This is talking about those who would answer His call – not about a group selected by God before time began.
    • Matthew 20:28
    • John 10:11 – “the sheep” are those that decide to follow Jesus – not those who God selected before time began.
    • Acts 20:28
  • Proof of its falsity
    • Hebrews 2:9 – Jesus tasted death for everyone.
    • II Peter 3:9 – God wants all to be saved.
    • Matthew 11:28-29
    • I Timothy 2:3-4
    • Revelation 22:17
  • The Calvinists’ dilemma
    • God clearly states that He wants all to be saved, yet the doctrine of limited atonement requires that God only selected some to be saved.
  • The dilemma solved
    • The Bible does offer salvation to all.
    • But God has not ordained any individual to be saved.
    • God offers salvation to all, but has ordained that only those who accept salvation on His terms will be saved.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 19, 2015

  • Is the church essential?
    • It has always been God’s choice to save man where He chooses and upon what conditions He chooses.
      • II Kings 5:1-14 – Naaman had to respect God’s place and conditions to be cleansed.
      • Ephesians 3:10-11
    • Notice the importance God has put upon the church.
    • Some say they love Christ, but the church is non-essential.
    • Some say the church does not save; Jesus saves
      • Exodus 20:24; II Samuel 7:12-14 – God accepts people’s service in all places where He records His name. The saved relationship is now that place.
    • If saved out of the church, saved without a Savior.
      • Ephesians 5:23; 1:23
    • If saved out of the church, saved without being saved!
      • The church is the saved relationship.

By David Watson

Benchley, November 26, 2014

  • Luke 17:11-18
  • How can we feel genuine gratitude?
    • We have to be different. Romans 12:2
    • Don’t think, “I deserve whatever I want.” Matthew 11:16-19; 13:54-58
      • We are living more luxurious lives than the Son of God did on Earth. Do we have any right to complain?
    • Remember past blessings
  • For what should we be grateful?
    • Ephesians 5:20; James 1:17; Acts 17:25
    • Salvation through Jesus – Romans 6:17-18, 22-23; Acts 9:12
    • The privilege of prayer – I Peter 3:10-12; Proverbs 15:29; Deuteronomy 4:7; Philippians 4:6-7
    • God’s help in temptation – I Corinthians 10:13; II Peter 2:6-9; Hebrews 4:15-16
    • Our ability to give – II Corinthians 9:1-15

By Larry Bunch

Benchley, August 17, 2014

 

  • We wouldn’t have a perfect example
    • I Peter 2:21-22
    • John 8:46; Hebrews 4:15
    • Our example in manner of life
    • Our example in speech
    • Our example in faithfulness to the Father
    • Our example in unselfish service (Matthew 20:26-28)
  • We would not have an incomparable teacher
    • John 8:32,36
    • John 3:2
    • Parables
    • Sermon on the Mount
    • Wonderful, incomparable teachings
  • We would not have the right view of humanity
    • Matthew 16:26
  • We would be without an atonement for sin
  • We would not have the promise of the remission of sins
    • Hebrews 9:22; Leviticus 16:7-22
    • Hebrews 10:4
    • Matthew 26:28
    • Colossians 1:13
    • I John 1:7
    • Revelation 1:5
  • We would not have a savior
    • Matthew 1:21
    • Acts 4:12
    • Man needs a savior
      • Romans 3:23 – Because all have sinned! Jeremiah 10:23; Isaiah 64:6
    • Who then could become man’s savior?
      • Not angels
      • Someone who was both God and man
  • The Christian would not have a mediator
    • I Timothy 2:5
    • John 1:1-3,14; Philippians 2:6; Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:25
  • We would be without a righteous judge
    • John 5:30; II Corinthians 5:10
  • We would have no door of hope beyond the grave
    • Job 14:14
    • John 10:10
    • John 11:25-26; 14:19
  • Three great matters concern all mankind
    • Life death
    • Eternity
    • Revelation 1:18

 

By David Watson

Benchley, June 18, 2014

 

  • I Timothy 2:8-3:1
  • I Timothy 2:15 – Women (and all humanity) have been saved through childbearing in the sense that Christ the Savior was born into the world through a woman (“…God sent forth His Son, born of a woman…” – Galatians 4:4). Note the statement to the serpent in Genesis 3:15. I Timothy 2 is saying that while sin did enter the world through a woman (Eve), salvation also entered the world through a woman (Mary).

By David Watson

Benchley, May 28, 2014

 

  • How is the word “law” used in scripture?
  • Not-but statements: Mark 9:37; John 6:27; I Peter 3:3-4; I John 3:18
    • E.W. Bullinger, Figures of Speech Used In the Bible: “The Hebrew has no degrees of comparison in the Adjective: hence other methods are adopted to express them. In the New Testament, while the language is Greek, the thoughts and idioms are Hebrew; so that the Hebrew methods of comparison are frequently adopted” (p. 526).
  • I Timothy 1:8-11 – The law is especially needed by sinners. We have to be careful to not adopt the opposite mentality and avoid teaching people who need the gospel the most.
  • I Timothy 1:13 – It is not okay to continue in ignorance and unbelief! Ignorance is not a strategy for salvation!
  • I Timothy 1:15 – See I Timothy 1:9; I John 1:5-8. We have all sinned. We should not be in a state of continual sin, though.