‘Therefore Paul regards it as a sure sign that what is being preached is not the Gospel if the preaching goes on without its peace being disturbed. On the other hand, the world regards it as a sure sign that the Gospel is a heretical and seditious doctrine when it sees that the preaching of … Continue reading Proclaiming the Gospel
501 years ago today (31st Oct 1517), Martin Luther posted his 95 theses to the church door at Wittenberg Germany. Essentially, Luther was protesting against the selling of forgiveness through the Roman Catholic church's indulgence system. That is not grace, that is not free, Luther was saying, that is NOT God's way! Enjoy the day … Continue reading Happy Reformation Day!
'The joy, the comfort, and the blessing of the New Testament is this: We learn the benefits Christ offers us and why we need him. Out of this root grow love and delight, praise and thanksgiving to Christ and to the Father of all mercy. This makes for free, joyful, and brave Christians, whose love … Continue reading Is Sin but a mere Weakness?
Text: Θαυμάζω ὅτι οὕτως ταχέως μετατίθεσθε ἀπὸ τοῦ καλέσαντος ὑμᾶς ἐν χάριτι [Χριστοῦ] εἰς ἕτερον εὐαγγέλιον, Translation: I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting from the one who called you, in the grace of Christ, for another gospel... Explanation: Paul begins his argument by expressing his astonishment - his amazement - at the … Continue reading Galatians 1:6
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
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