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Marc, Thaddeus B, and Adam. Please bear with me, as I am new to S/E. Yes, 'Rightly dividing' is certainly about context. In the broader context, the Epistles are addressed to Children of God (saints). But he reserves judgment on salvation, as in the verse after the one in question (vs 20): "...I stand in doubt of you.", which speaks for itself. And, ...


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This section focuses specifically on Paul's relationship with the Galatians and how he feels like he has to lay the foundation again for their faith. He uses that tried and true metaphor of childbirth. "Until Christ is formed in you" could mean that he thinks they are all pagans, but it also might simply be that he desires for them to live in the freedom ...


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I think the problem is that many people either look to the law completely or use not being subject to the law as an excuse to living however they want. These are two extremes. Paul referred to the law as a "schoolmaster" to bring us to Christ. Based on contextual readings of other writings of Paul it is clear that Paul is not dismissing the law. The law is ...


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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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It's interesting that this perspective is known as the the 'New Perspective on Paul', for the idea that works goes hand in hand with faith has been central to the Catholic and Orthodox Church which preceded the Reformed Church and its claim of sola fide. If you were to go to a Catholic or Orthodox Christian in the 12th century and claim that St. Paul thought ...



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