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Galatians

Galatians Chapter 4: Abraham’s Wives Represent Covenants

Jan 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Galatians, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Just as Ishmael and Hagar persecuted Isaac, so natural Israel was the particular persecutor of Christians in the early Church. In fact, that was the main problem of the Galatians, who had trouble either (1) from Jewish Christians who were wobbly and never really became children of faith or (2) from Jews who had never adopted the Christian religion and opposed it as a dangerous heresy.

“If ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal. 3:29). The analogy is to The Christ, Head and body. Therefore, Isaac represents not just the Church but Jesus and the Church. Just as Abraham was Isaac’s father, so God is the Father of The Christ.

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Galatians Chapter 5: Putting off Works of the Flesh, Putting On Fruits of the Spirit

Jan 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Galatians, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

The chief problem in Galatia was that some were trying to make the believer think he was underneath the Mosaic Law and, therefore, liable to all its ordinances and ceremonies, plus the necessity or obligation for all males to be circumcised. It is true that circumcision was instituted before the Law, but it was carried into the Law. The ritual was instituted in Genesis, which is part of the Pentateuch, and the whole Pentateuch was the Law from the standpoint that Paul used here. In other words, sometimes, as in this case, we have to take into consideration the context in which something is done. Even though we draw valuable lessons and co-relationships with other pictures, we first have to ascertain if we have gotten the correct thought that was originally applicable.

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Galatians Chapter 6: Restoring a Brother, Christian Walk

Jan 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Galatians, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Verse 2 is related to verse 1. In the spirit of meekness, we are to be sympathetic with the trials and temptations of others. If we have that consideration, we can be helpful to the brethren. If others sense this spirit in us, they will be more apt to rightly receive and benefit from the help, correction, and advice we give them. As Paul said in Galatians 5:14, “All the law [toward others] is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” This law about loving our neighbor applies both in and out of the Church.

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Galatians Chapters 1-3: Justification by Faith

Jun 7th, 2009 | By | Category: Galatians, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

The book of Galatians is about a controversy that arose shortly after the Apostle Paul formed the class. There was a group of Judiazing Christians (Former Jews) who still tried to hold to the Law and be a Christian, and pressured the other brethren into their system of belief. Paul writes Galatians to set them straight, the Judiazers and the stumbled brethren. The Judiazers attempt to force their views because they do not want persecution from their Jewish brethren, so they try to keep one foot on earth and another in heaven, and that is just not acceptable.

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