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August 25, 2013

The lesson on August 25, 2013 continued in chapter 5 with part 19 of the “Galatians” study.  As usual, Wayne provided a review of the previous lesson covering the end of chapter 4 in verse 26 where Paul was referring to New Jerusalem celebrated as the mother of us all.  He emphasize that the “us” was specific to those in Galatians at that time in Acts.  If we try to apply that to us today, we have denied what happened at the end of Acts.  Specific hopes were identified relating to the bride, the wife, and the body and which hope pertains to whom.  We learned that the New Jerusalem was the bride, the lamb’s wife.  Paul uses the allegory of casting out the bondwoman and her son relating to kicking out the law.  The three groups of words that came up in verse 1 were “Liberty, “to set free” (a verb) and “free” (an adjective) were looked at based on frequency of use and where they were found.  This allowed us to see that the method of salvation as a doctrinal truth was laid in the Acts period and built upon after Acts 28.  However, we find that the hope and blessing changed for the gentiles. The lesson takes us through chapter 5, verse 6.  The scripture reading was in Galatians 5: 2-7 KJV

“2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. 7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. 9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.”




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From the Study: Galatians