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The answer is perhaps best given in 1 Corinthians 9:20-23 (emphasis added): To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but ...


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As this question explains, the Pope is not considered infallible every time he speaks, but only when he speaks ex cathedra. Essentially this means only when he makes a deliberately definitive pronouncement on a matter of doctrine. The quote you give is therefore not relevant. Even if Peter were considered a Pope at this point, the incident described would ...


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It wouldn't have you believe in witchcraft it would just have you avoid it. Whether you believe in it or not is entirely separate from it existing, see this wiki about Ouija boards. So you don't have to believe that Ouija boards work, I personally don't. However, even though I don't believe they work, I still don't associate with those types of things. ...


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Galatians 1:15-18 (ESV) But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone; nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and ...


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The way I understand these passages, they do not mean that the OT law was canceled. Rather they refer to the fact that keeping the law cannot save us from Hell. We are saved by Grace alone through faith. (Ephesians 2:8) Circumcision was a sign that God gave to the people of Israel to signify that they were His. It did nothing to save them, but rather it ...


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I think it interesting to point out that Paul specifically had Titus remain uncircumcised, ...so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. - Gal. 2:5b See the beginning of Gal. 2 for the background to that. If the gospel had been at stake with Timothy, I highly doubt that Paul would have circumcised him. But, since it apparently was not, ...


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The letter to the Galatians is written to Gentiles; as a Jew (half-Jewish by birth, and presumably taught Judaic--and later Christian--beliefs by his mother) he would have been expected by his fellow Jews to have been circumcised ("for they all knew that his father was a Greek"). The Jews would never have listened to him if he was in disobedience to the law. ...


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I think the key thing here is understanding what it means to "sow to flesh" and "sow to the Spirit". The difference (referencing Bob Utley's commentary) is the key difference between the two basic approaches to being right with God: our own effort, or God's free grace. The former (sowing to flesh) refers to trying to be right by God by trying to work ...


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The Wikipedia article on Galatia states that the Galatians were Celts who invaded the area about 275 BCE, and who were reported to be in the area until about 475 CE, or so. It is likely that the Celts would have been considered "pagans" by the local population as they seem to have taken some time to adopt local ways. However, the Galatians do not seem to ...


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From the Catholic Haydock Commentary: Ver. 7. As to Peter was that of the circumcision. Calvin pretends to prove by this, that St. Peter and his successors are not head of the whole Church, because St. Peter was only the apostle of the Jews. But St. Paul speaks not here of the power and jurisdiction, but of the manner that St. Peter and he were to be ...


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Oaths generally refer to something you will/won't do. We are unable to control what will happen in the future, and therefore don't know if we will be able to keep that oath ("you cannot make even one hair white or black"). Paul, in this situation, was writing about what already happened. He already experienced it so he knows it is true. He doesn't need to ...


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The revelation was most likely simply a directive from God to go up to Jerusalem to talk with the apostles. This is the most natural way to read the verse, and there would be nothing surprising about this conclusion on the basis of the rest of Paul's life, since he was an apostle. An apostle had to be someone who had seen Christ directly with his eyes. This ...


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I've been able to find exactly two explanations: The anomaly is because two separate Pauline letter collections were merged, one of which ended with Galatians and the other of which began with Ephesians. The canonical order was modified from pure length order to emphasize the imprisonment theme common to Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. The truth ...


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In the verse you quoted, John 1:12-13, the Greek words for "children of God" is "tekna Theou." (Notice that "tekna" is always referring to "little children.") Contrast this with John 3:16 which uses "monogene huion" or "only Son." The term "monogene" being the one containing the notion of "the only offspring" or "the only begotten one." (Also, anywhere ...


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But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. (Galatians 1:15, KJV) ...


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You have asked a great question and in order to answer it we have to do some reexamining of the Covenants, and what actually each means and with whom they were made. So bear with me this going to be a bit long winded. First Let's take them in the order in which each was made and with whom. Genesis 17:7 KJV And I will establish my covenant between me ...


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My answer may not be extensive due to time restraints, but I think it's important to emphasize this main point. The old covenant (Jer. 31:32), which the Israelites entered into at Sinai (Exo. 24:7), cannot be eternal because it never promised eternal life to the Israelites. Instead of eternal life, God (the other party of the covenant) promised that the ...


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You have to remember that the worldview of the NT and HB are very different than our own. The use of magic in the Greco-Roman world was more akin to a "Science" than religion. It was a very technical trade that required precision and attention to detail. I'll let you decide whether or not it was actually effectual, I generally don't. We have gobs of magical ...


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George MacDonald confronted the same dilemma in his Unspoken Sermons (Abba, Father!). When a heart hears — and believes, or half-believes — that it is not the child of God by origin, from the first of its being, but may possibly be adopted into his family, its love sinks at once in a cold faint: where is its own father, and who is this that would adopt ...


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Evangelicals defend this analogy by arguing (1) that even in the original context, "Abraham's offspring" did not refer to all Abraham's physical descendants, (2) that "Christ" can be interpreted as a spiritual descendant, not merely a single physical descendant, and (3) that the context, particularly Galatians 3:28–29, demonstrates that Christians are joined ...


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Here are some biblical sections (NIV): Matthew 28:18-20 Matthew 16:18 John 14-16 I Timothy 3:14-15 Acts 15:28 I will need to go into more detail later but basically, the Holy Spirit is expected by Jesus to help protect the church remain faithful standing against the forces of Hell. Now, this doesn't mean the Pope will be correct if he is doing math ...


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Paul said, Romans 8:2 (AMP) 2  For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death. Galatians 2:20 (AMP) 20  I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and ...


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Simple answer - You are reading too much into it. Romans 7:19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing. Paul couldn't possibly have meant that Christians could never commit acts of flesh when he himself admits doing the same. The principle of interpretation you are using is called letterism,...


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Yeshua is he only begotten son of God. Christians are called "begotten" sons when the only begotten son dwells in them. Paul said: For those who have been baptized in the name of Christ have been clothed with Christ. (Galatians 3.27) And John said: Whoever is born of God does not commit sin because God's Seed is in him; and he cannot sin because he ...


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If I have the Spirit of Jesus in me, why do I still sin? Jesus did not sin because he had a different father than the rest of us. His father was God. Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee ...


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@timf gave a good, thoroughly biblical answer to your questions. Let me add just a few thoughts to his/her fine answer. First, and perhaps most general, sanctification is a process which is worked out in the Christian's life in fits and starts. Think of a graph of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, with its ups and downs, ups and downs, and occasionally a ...


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Despite the etymological link with pharmakeia, the Church Fathers did not condemn the use of medicinal drugs, but, on the contrary, saw all medical arts as a blessing from God. I think the most famous writing that relates this is from Basil the Great's Ascetical Works (4th century): In as much as our body is susceptible to various hurts, some ...


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I would answer your question/questions this way. The book is framed by Paul by basically asking the question who is going to lead us? The Spirit through Christ, or the Law through flesh? It is one or the other, they are mutually exclusive (Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then ...



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