For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.
An old phrase comes to mind when I read this verse; do as I say, not as I do. Of course I wanted to find out where that phrase originated.
I discovered it was first coined by an English jurist named John Selden in a book he wrote in 1654. The book was published posthumously, 35 years after it was written. It’s title, “The Table-Talk of John Selden”. Continue reading
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.
Verses 3 and 5 were the two verses I wanted to write about, but as I read them I realized it would be best to post these verses in the context of which Paul had written them. Now let me break out both verses and give you my thoughts, with each verse standing on its own. Continue reading
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?
Paul is writing about the worldly and the spiritual, and how we allow the world to dictate our lives.
…when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.
This verse is written in the past tense, but rewrite it in the present tense, and you can see how timeless these words can be. Continue reading
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
In this verse, Paul sums up who we are as individuals.
Whose approval do we seek every day? Is it our parents’, our spouse’s, our boss’s or maybe the approval of our peers? Are we trying to fit in with the crowd, trying to be cool and hip? Are we doing what others expect of us?
We want to be respectful of others and we certainly don’t want to harm others, but who are we trying to please? Are we trying to please the world, or God?
Maybe we’re distorting our intrinsic sense of righteousness in order to fit in with the world? Continue reading
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
I liked this verse and I wrote it down as a subject for a post. So today I thought it was time to write my post about this verse.
First I thought I would review some commentaries from Biblical scholars to get another point of view on this verse, even though I already had my gut take on it.
All the commentaries had basically the same theme. It was, we are all equal with the caveat, as long as we are “Christians”. They were saying no matter what race or sex or social status, as long as you accept Christ as your savior you’re OK.
Now that was not my gut reaction to this verse. Continue reading