Digging in Deeper: 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.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

This is one of the great verses in Galatians, and really in the whole of the Scriptures, establishing the absolute equality of value of all people before God.  Before the throne of God everyone is on an equal footing.  No one has more of a claim to be there than anyone else.  No one has any advantage over anyone else because of who they are or what their particular heritage is.  The ground at the foot of the cross is level. Read the rest…

Digging in Deeper: Galatians 2:21

“I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Verses like this one are a big part of why protestants tend to be so radically committed to salvation by faith alone.  Look at what Paul is saying here closely because this is really important.  If we could somehow get ourselves into a right relationship with God by means other than the grace of God as mediated through the death and resurrection of Jesus, then His death was without purpose.  It was entirely pointless. Read the rest…

Digging in Deeper: Galatians 2:11

“But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.” (ESV – Read the chapter) ‬‬

Two things really stand out here to me. One is obvious, the other is not so obvious. First the former. It took a lot of courage for Paul to call Peter out for his obvious deviation from the Gospel. Peter was clearly wrong, most everybody there knew it, but nobody wanted to say anything until Paul spoke up.  Because it was Peter.  Would you have wanted to call Peter out for this? Read the rest…

Morning Musings: Galatians 3:7

“Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

This idea was always one of the hardest things for first century Jews to get their minds and hearts around and it still isn’t widely appreciated today.  The Jews of Paul’s day understood the designation “the children of Abraham,” the thing that most gave them their identity, to be a genetic one.  Now, no, they didn’t think of it in exactly those terms as they hadn’t been invented yet, but the observation is true nonetheless. Read the rest…