Text: ...ᾧ ἡ δόξα εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων, ἀμήν. Translation: ...to whom be the glory for ever and ever, amen. Explanation: Having been redeemed by Jesus, who gave himself for our sins (Gal. 1:4), Paul finishes by asserting that the glory (δόξα) goes to our God and Father who, in the first instance, willed … Continue reading Galatians 1:5
Text: ...τοῦ δόντος ἑαυτὸν ὑπὲρ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ἡμῶν, ὅπως ἐξέληται ἡμᾶς ἐκ τοῦ αἰῶνος τοῦ ἐνεστῶτος πονηροῦ κατὰ τὸ θέλημα τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ πατρὸς ἡμῶν... Translation: ...who gave himself for our sins, in order to deliver us out of the age of present evil according to the will of our God and Father... Explanation: Following … Continue reading Galatians 1:4
Luther espoused what came to be known as the theologia crucis (theology of the cross) for the Heidelberg Disputation which commenced on the 25 April 1518. The theses below are some of his theses from that disputation which were defended before the rest of the Augustinian cloister who were essentially gathered to 'sort Luther out'. While … Continue reading theologia crucis
Text: χάρις ὑμῖν καὶ εἰρήνη ἀπὸ θεοῦ πατρὸς ἡμῶν καὶ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ Translation ...grace to you and peace from God our father and the lord Jesus Christ... Explanation This is one of Paul's usual greetings. Paul constantly reminds us of his gospel which speaks of grace and that which grace brings - peace with … Continue reading Galatians 1:3
Thesis: Evil only becomes an unexplainable problem when we delude ourselves into thinking that we ourselves are not evil. Or, only sinners deny the existence of sin.
Text: ...καὶ οἱ σὺν ἐμοὶ πάντες ἀδελφοὶ ταῖς ἐκκλησίαις τῆς Γαλατίας, Translation: ...and those with me - all the brothers, to the churches of Galatia: Explanation: Paul outlined his authority for claiming apostleship in v.1. Now as part of his greeting to the churches, he implies that his is not a mere 'mystical' authority (that … Continue reading Galatians 1:2
Text: Παῦλος ἀπόστολος οὐκ ἀπ᾿ ἀνθρώπων οὐδὲ δι᾿ ἀνθρώπου ἀλλὰ διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ καὶ θεοῦ πατρὸς τοῦ ἐγείραντος αὐτὸν ἐκ νεκρῶν... Translation Paul an apostle - not from men, nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead... Explanation The apostle Paul is asserting his right to … Continue reading Galatians 1:1