Galatians 3:1-3 Love Isn’t Agreement

Galatians 3:1-3 (KJV)
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

It is a foolish thought that salvation would be through faith but perfection would come by works.

Christians, who become enamored with Judaism, repeat the foolishness of the Galatians constantly these days. No matter that they call it Messianic, it is still Judaism. It is an attempt to marry the Christian faith with the dead works of Jewish law. It is exactly the thing Acts 15 is meant to extinguish and Galatians was written to teach against.

These anti-Judaism sentiments should not be confused as anti-Semitism. Christians ought to love Jews:

  • Because we ought to be a loving people anyway
  • Because our faith springs from the Jews and
  • Because God continues to this day to love Jews

Love isn’t agreement. It doesn’t demand agreement. Love demands support, encouragement and friendship but not agreement; most of all, love demands truthfulness. I love Jews enough to be truthful and tell them to:

  • Come to Christ
  • Come out of Judaism and
  • Come into a local New Testament Baptist Church

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Galatians 2:2 Discussed In Private

Galatians 2:2 (KJV)
And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.

There are some things that should be discussed only in private and that, only with those of reputation and authority. There are:

  • Questions
  • Ideas
  • Information a person might possess

that, to bring it to an open floor merely gives service to disputes.

Our founding fathers understood this.
They met in closed sessions to discuss and hammer out the details of the Constitution. They knew to make public all of the ideas that might be debated could lead to wild speculation, mass anxiety and mob action that would derail their purpose. It’s why they developed a republic rather than a pure democracy. They understood that mob rule can’t reliably create laws good for the whole.

Something similar happens in a church. I was approached this week by one of our members. This member is in charge of a function we are about to hold. Experience has taught me this person has great ideas and can be trusted. But before moving forward with the idea they have for the function they ran it passed me in private. This avoids conflict if, for whatever reason, the idea wasn’t a good on. I was able to approve (or disapprove) without making it public and we are then able to get others onboard before bringing it to the floor.

The concept is not only prudent, it is Biblical.

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2 Corinthians 12:1 Bragger!

2 Corinthians 12:1 (KJV)
It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

Paul had been plain and transparent about:

  • God’s call
  • God’s power in Paul
  • The work he had done in that power of God, and even in
  • The things he had suffered for Christ’ cause

But he changes course here and boldly proclaims, “It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory.” About his next subject he could not boast.

There is a difference between puffing up self and sharing testimonial anecdotes and illustrations. Every Christian ought to study to know that difference.

  • We ought to recognize it in others. More importantly
  • We ought to know it in self

To give testimony as to God’s hand and the lessons learned in one’s life can be a great help to others.

To brag about ourselves for the praise, approbation and acknowledgement of others is inappropriate and unbecoming a child of God.

 

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2 Corinthians 9:12-14 The Depths of Our Faith

2 Corinthians 9:12-14 (KJV)
For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;
And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

The depths of our faith are so rich that, even in a subject so obvious as Christian giving, it is impossible for us to understand let alone express all that is accomplished through our giving.

  • God promises to meet all our needs as we give
  • The needs of others is supplied as we give

 

But so much more happens than that.

  • God is glorified in the gift
  • Prayer is offered for you because of the gift
  • Love is established by means of the gift and
  • Our minds are drawn to that unspeakable gift of Christ

Giving is one of the most spiritual, profitable and positive acts any believer can be a part of.

 

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2 Corinthians 8:13 This Is Not Socialism

2 Corinthians 8:13 (KJV)
For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:

Over the centuries various groups of Christians have attempted communal living, a sort of socialism, with mostly unsuccessful results.

  • I think it happened in the church at Jerusalem in Acts.
  • The Anabaptists attempted it throughout their history.
  • Jamestown attempted it almost to there extinction.

People simply do not perform at their best unless they have personal reasons to do so.

Paul makes it clear that his teaching here is not to be understood as socialist economics.

Those who have were encouraged to give voluntarily
It was not a tax. It was not a command. There was no law. The point was generosity.

Those who had enough were encouraged to give out of their plenty.

Those who have were not asked to give until they were burdened
Sacrificial giving is taught in the Word of God. But not sacrifice to the point of poverty or beyond the ability of recovery. True that does happen from time to time and there are those who have felt compelled of the Lord to give prosperity for the work of the ministry. That is not expected and certainly not expected of everyone.

It’s just a matter of caring. We do what we do because we are motivated by love and concern for our brethren.

 

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2 Corinthians 7:12 Think First of Your Church

2 Corinthians 7:12 (KJV)
Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you.

Paul had written in his first letter and the fifth chapter a very stern rebuke for the actions of a young member. That member had by this time repented and the church as a whole had heeded the instruction of Paul. This had pleased him immeasurably in the midst of the battles he faced in Macedonia.

Paul here gives a statement both preachers and their congregations could learn much from.

He says that his rebuke was not primarily meant to correct the individual.
No doubt that was in his mind and heart. He cared for this one as can be seen in his instructions concerning him once he had repented.

He says he meant not chiefly to comfort and aide the one who had been wronged.
Surely this would have been a secondary goal. The one who had been wronged would surely have wanted it righted.

He says his first concern was the care of the whole body.
His primary goal was for the church.[1]

This ought to be the first concern of every preacher. Further every member of the church ought to understand that and desire it to be so. When the pastor gives direction, issues rebuke and even gets personal about it, the members of the church ought to take it that he is doing exactly what he is called to do. He is caring for the whole.

[1] See Gill’s notes as a confirmation.

 

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2 Corinthians 6:1 Vain Grace

2 Corinthians 6:1 (KJV)
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

This grace must not be that of salvation since he is speaking to a church, a body of believers. Not that everyone in a church possesses true salvation for surely there are false professions in every congregation. The body as a whole however is representative of genuine salvation. That can never be vain.

But the grace of salvation is received for a purpose. (Perhaps this is the devil’s trick in getting men to see it as either saved or lost; to make salvation personal[1] and remove its ultimate purpose.) Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

The grace of God:

  • Draws believers into a church,
  • Unifies them in that church and
  • Commissions them to a specific work

When we become focused on self, or divided in the body, we lose sight of our purpose and it becomes vain.

The church must have members:

  • Committed to the church,
  • Forgiving of offenses and
  • Busy in service

or the grace God has given becomes fruitless.

[1] As in, “It’s personal and nobody’s business.”

 

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2 Corinthians 6:1 Vain Grace

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2 Corinthians 4:18 Only In Faith

2 Corinthians 4:18 (KJV)
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Saints of past generations endured all they did, esteeming the suffering even of death as a light affliction, by practicing this lesson. They kept their gaze on things not seen. This is done:

By turning from the things that are seen
When the carnal eye sees the physical thing, it affects the heart. It is not possible to have a heart affected for heaven if the eye is looking at earth.

Only in faith
For it is the only sense at our disposal that reaches into the unseen world.

This has always been the conflict. Worldly men and religious souls have no facility to see the unseen. They can therefore not comprehend what it is we hope for. The pagans of old called Christians the atheists because they worshipped an invisible God. Lost or carnal family members have grieved over the deaths of their loved ones who, having the eye of faith, have died for eternity’s sake.

When one has an eye for the unseen, that which can be seen is of little use.

 

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2 Corinthians 2:17 Not All Corrupt The Word

2 Corinthians 2:17 (KJV)
For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

Here is a sobering thought and with it a very important principle. Many corrupt the Word of God as they speak. Not all mind you, but many. It might be by now, for the corruption has surely leavened a lot of the lump by now, that most corrupt the Word when they speak.

But not all do.

Paul said the difference between he and the corrupters was this; he spoke (or preached) in Christ and in the sight of God. This was not his message, his opinions or for his favor. His preaching was:

  • In the name of Christ
  • For the sake of Christ and
  • He was hidden in Christ

Further, he spoke in the sight of God. He recognized that God

  • Saw every motion he made
  • Knew every thought he had and
  • Heard every word he said

He understood he would give an account to God. This understanding regulated and informed his preaching.

One might rightly argue that anyone, even the corrupters, could claim what Paul did. It would be impossible to tell because we cannot know the heart. Yes, but God can and does. Draw nigh to God. Grow in a real and vital relationship with him and He will bring you to that place where God’s Word is preached without corruption.

 

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1 Corinthians 15:12 The Authority of Preaching

1 Corinthians 15:12 (KJV)
Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

The question at hand is not whether Christ rose from the dead but whether it is preached that He did. (Though we know that He did rise from the dead.)

Mark the power and authority of preaching. It’s not the preaching of error that has authority but the preaching of truth. Still, if truth is preached it is powerful.

Truth left silent is of little use. But truth, especially gospel truth, preached

  • Boldly,
  • Consistently and
  • With spiritual zeal

saves lives and changes men.

Paul is incredulous. This is the truth. They have heard it preached. How could some of them deny it?

When the preacher opens the Bible and clearly preaches it, how dare anyone deny the truth!

 

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