In what is often referred to as the application section of the Apostle’s epistles, we are provided with a view of the Church that is both encouraging and challenging.
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This passage is a fine example of the Apostle Paul’s gift of relating the truth of the gospel to our lives as those who have been united with Christ by faith. Specifically, he gives us helpful direction in living out a proper understanding of what it means for believers to be in relationship with the Holy Spirit.
Luther is known for using the expression “at the same time, righteous and sinner” to describe the person who has been born again. This passage sets out that theme. Luther summarized the message of verse seventeen: "Martin, you will never be without sin, for you have flesh. Despair not, but resist the flesh."
These few verses carry much significance for believers today as in Paul’s day. If we rightly understand the truths here, they will greatly affect our lives.
As is typical of Paul’s epistles to churches, the first part of Galatians has been focused on doctrine, or teaching, as the Apostle has addressed the false teaching that is threatening the Galatian churches. Now he shifts his emphasis to the application of that teaching.
In this passage, the Apostle wraps up the main part of his teaching and builds to what may be seen as the climactic statement of the epistle. He once again makes use of Scripture to explain and illustrate his point, leads us to recognize the glorious freedom that is found in Christ.
A snowstorm kept most of our congregation at home, but several of us were able to come to the meetinghouse. We departed from our usual order of service for a more informal time of singing, prayer, and Scripture reading. I spoke briefly on the text of Second Timothy 1:1-7. This recording I made at home later, seeking to repeat my thoughts as I had spoken them earlier.
This is a transitional passage in Paul’s letter to the Galatian churches, with the first command that Paul gives to the Galatian believers, although he gives it in the manner of an entreaty. Before coming to the command, Paul reminds us of important truths and provides us with an excellent example for sharing the gospel.
This text is a good example of Paul’s effective use of an illustration to teach theological truth that has significant application to our thinking and living as Christians. Truly understanding what the Apostle is teaching here will have a profound effect upon our relationship with God.
Here from Isaiah is another prophecy that is especially appropriate during the Christmas season. (Due to a mistake on my part, the sermon was not recorded during worship, so I preached it again this afternoon for recording.)
In Isaiah chapter seven, we find one of the most notable prophecies of Jesus Christ in an unlikely setting.
Isaiah 6 records one of the most memorable of visions in the Old Testament. Isaiah is given a revelation of God’s holiness and his own sin before being commissioned to his prophetic role.
Passages from Isaiah will be used for sermons through the month of December. Today’s message considers the first chapter, with a focus on verse eighteen.
Paul brings his argument in chapter three to a climax with this passage. Sound theology always has an application to life, and that is the case with Paul’s teaching here.
Paul uses a question and answer format to explain important truths relating to God’s law and the gospel promises that are ours in Jesus Christ.
Two key terms appear in today’s passage: covenant and promise. The two are closely related and are important for our understanding of the gospel.
Paul continues his teaching in affirmation of the gospel, providing support for his teaching with quotations from Deuteronomy 27:26, Habakkuk 2:4, Leviticus 18:5, and Deuteronomy 21:23.
The biblical narratives of Abraham in Genesis serve as the backdrop for Paul’s teaching in Galatians chapter three. In appealing to Abraham’s example, Paul is decisively undercutting the false teaching that the Galatians have heard from those who say they must become Jews in order to be Christians.
An abrupt change in tone reflects the Apostle’s astonishment at the Galatian churches’ turning away from the gospel. Through a series of questions, Paul seeks to awaken the Galatians to a realization of what they have done.
In this text, Paul calls the Galatian churches–and us as Christians today–back to the gospel, and in doing so provides us with a clear and decisive description of the gospel. Luther called the teaching of justification by faith that is set out by Paul here the doctrine on which the Church stands or falls.