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Friday: Further Thought – The Priority of the Promise — 3 Comments

  1. I hope there are readers out there who sense like I do that all of the discussion on justification, righteousness, law, Abraham, wills, covenants, faith, promises, salvation is missing the basic point that Paul is trying to make, in Galatians, to his readers. I posted it in an earlier daily lesson.

    Here it again. What is the promise about? Take it personally and find the answer in the 3rd chapter. It was not addressed in last week's lesson.You don't have to wait until lesson 12 for the answer.

    This issue is important because most in churches don't understand what the gospel & salvation are really about. When one does, they really understand Rom 5:9&10 and Tit 3:5

    And if you think this is far fetched, let me remind you that 99% of Christians don't think the Sabbath commandment is valid.
    Remember what Jesus said in Matt 24:24?

  2. In answer to the question, "In what ways has God revealed Himself to you"?

    When my father died, he was killed in a motor vehicle accident which seemed quite senseless to me.

    When I woke up the morning after I had learned how it happened I felt very bad in my mind/heart. It seemed so senseless the way it happened and yet so absolute and permanent! I felt that I was not thinking and feeling like the son of God I had thought I was. I felt real bad and that I needed to know what my father's future was to be and WHY this happened. I knew I didn't feel right, but I did't know how to feel any different.

    So I asked God about it. The thought came to me that if I could see what God can see, I would be able to feel better. So I meekly asked if God would want me to see through His eyes in this situation.

    I was not disappointed. Soon after I made this request I was able to see, in my mind, light that seemed totally complete in spectrum and infinite thruout the universe. Then I could see something added to that which I felt I could describe as Love--an indescribable, infinite Love that only God could produce. The vision went on a few moments continuing to add more to the light and Love and ended with another visual feeling which, together with the rest of the experience, might be described as absolute security with infinite effects. At the end of this experience my questions were not answered, but it no longer mattered what the answers were. The security I was given was enough to change the feelings that I could not change shortly before.

    After this I have no need for grieving for my father's death because I feel that I can fully trust God that the outcome is and will be for the best.

  3. In Tuesday's lesson the author stated, under the title "The Purpose of the Law"

    "Some, believing that the word until in verse 19 (ESV) indicates that this law was only temporary, have thought the passage must refer to the ceremonial law, because the purpose of that law was fulfilled at the cross and thus came to an end. Though this makes sense by itself, it does not appear to be Paul’s point in Galatians. While both the ceremonial and moral law were “added” at Sinai because of transgression, we will see by considering the following question that Paul appears to have the moral law primarily in mind."

    Is the author saying that Paul is talking about the moral law? In Gal 3:10-14 when Paul talks about the curse of being under the law, is he talking about the moral law? Those curses are in what we call the "Ceremonial Law" not what we call the "Moral Law."

    Can we have it both ways?


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