Bible Studies

Galatians Bible Study, Pt. 22: Clearly No One Is Justified By The Law

By mdhauz | February 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Class #22:  In Galatians 3:11-12, St. Paul cites two Scripture passages, one gospel and one law.  Surprisingly both law and gospel speak of the promise of giving life.  The gospel in Habakkuk 2:4 shows that God has always intended to declare a sinner righteous and give eternal life through faith.  The law in Leviticus 18:5 […]

Galatians Bible Study, Pt. 21: The Curse of the Law

By mdhauz | February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Class #21:  Galatians 3:10 teaches that those who seek to be justified by the law are under the curse of the law.  St. Paul cites Deuteronomy 27:26, which leaves no loopholes from which we could escape from that curse.  The curse is the divine verdict/pronouncement of wrath, death and destruction by God against lawbreakers.  The […]

Galatians Bible Study, Pt. 20: Believing Abraham

By mdhauz | January 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Class #20:  Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness” (Galatians 3:6, Genesis 15:6).  All of the Old Testament upholds the Scriptural doctrine of justification by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.  The promise given to Abraham was not that he was to be the father of the Jewish nation.  God’s […]

Galatians Bible Study, Pt. 19: A Christian By The Hearing of Faith

By mdhauz | January 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Class #19:  St. Paul unceasingly preached Jesus Christ as crucified for their sins, in order that faith would come to the Galatians by the hearing of the Gospel message.  They had received the Spirit by the hearing of faith.  They were progressing in sanctification by the hearing of faith.  Both St. Paul and the Galatians […]

Galatians Bible Study, Part 18: Distinguishing Justification and Sanctification

By mdhauz | January 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Class #18:  There is a distinction between justification(Christ for me) and the fruits of justification, called sanctification(Christ in me).  A person is saved when he is justified by faith in Christ, “who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal 2:20).  It always follows that the person who is justified, is sanctified.  That is, God […]

Galatians Bible Study, Pt. 17: The Law has No Place in Justification

By mdhauz | January 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Class #17:  St. Paul continues to emphasize the contrast between righteousness by(διά) faith in Christ and righteousness by (διά) law.   The Scriptural teaching of justification by faith cannot allow the introduction of even a drop of works-righteousness otherwise grace is frustrated and Christ died for nothing. The law has no place in the doctrine of […]

Galatians Bible Study, Pt. 16: Christ isn’t a Minister of Sin, is He?

By mdhauz | January 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Class #16:  St. Paul declares that Jews know—because of the teaching of the Old Testament—that no flesh is justified by keeping the law(Ps 143:2).  Therefore, in order to be justified according to the promise of the Gospel(Mk 16:16), Christians have believed in Jesus Christ. With Galatians 2:17-18, St. Paul shows the logical result of what […]

Galatians Bible Study, Pt. 15: When Adiaphora is not Adiaphora

By mdhauz | December 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Class #15:  Concerning those things which are neither commanded nor forbidden by the Scriptures (called adiaphora), we are free to do or not do. However, when St. Peter by his pretense began to compel the Gentiles to keep the ceremonial food laws in order to be saved(2:14), the principle doctrine of Christianity was at stake. […]

Galatians Bible Study, Pt. 14: Practice and Doctrine

By mdhauz | December 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Class #14:  St. Peter had been taught by a revelation (Acts 10-11) that “God does not show favoritism” and “everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.”  Later Peter had proclaimed that same Gospel message at the Apostolic Council (Acts 15:7-11) which Sts. Barnabas, Titus and Paul had attended (Galatians 2:11-21).  […]

Galatians Bible Study, Pt. 13: The Truth of the Gospel

By mdhauz | December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Class #13:  When it comes to “the truth of the gospel” (Galatians 2:5, 2:14, 3:1) St. Paul is not willing to budge even a little.  In matters of life and weakness, he shows forth great love and bears all things(1 Cor 13:7).  He was not critical of St. Peter eating with the Gentiles (2:12), for […]