Galatians 6:16 True Israel

Galatians 6:16 (KJV)
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

The Book of Galatians not only speaks of the flesh and the Spirit but also of an Israel after the flesh and an Israel of God. Gill says of the Israel of God, “Israel his elect; who are redeemed by him, out of every kindred, tongue, people, and nation; who are called by his grace, and are styled Israel his called”

There is an Israel who is not Israel at all. They have

  • the blood of the Jews and
  • the traditions of the Jews but not
  • the heart of the Jews

because their heart is not after God.

Then there is an Israel who is true though not Israel after the flesh.

  • They do not possess the blood of the Jews.
  • They do not keep the traditions of the Jews

but they are Israel indeed because they possess a heart after God’s own heart.

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Galatians 5:5 Eternal Failure

Galatians 5:5 (KJV)
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

The thrust of the whole book of Galatians is to contrast the flesh and the Spirit and to once and for all decimate any notion of earning true righteousness through fleshly obedience to the law.

The flesh attempts to work out righteousness. Those involved come to see themselves as righteous based upon their success in that obedience. The more they obey, the more righteous they see themselves. Thus they are prone to self-righteous pride and a judgmental heart towards those who have not attained their level of obedience. They see themselves as righteous and refuse to see their own unrighteousness.

Believers on the other hand have a hope. They know they are not righteous therefore they have no reason to judge others. By faith they wait for that hope for righteousness to be finally fulfilled by God.

Believers obey but they do so for different reasons than those who walk in the flesh. They obey from the position of hope. The flesh obeys from the position of work.

  • The one obeys because of the promise of God the other obeys because of the power of the flesh.
  • The one has a Biblical expectation of fulfillment; the other faces the shattered reality of eternal failure.

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Galatians 4:30 Cast It Away

Galatians 4:30 (KJV)
Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.

What picture the wives of Abraham serve there can be no doubt. The word of God clearly teaches the women are the two covenants and that Hagar (Agar) answers to Mount Sinai, The Mosaic Law.

The free woman was first
Which is also the clear teaching of the Bible. Grace came first. The Law was second.

The free woman produces through promise
It is not by works but by faith in the promises of God that righteousness springs

Notice that we are to cast out the bond woman And her son.

  • We are not to embrace them as the original and truest way.
  • We are not to make a room for them so they are welcome to stay
  • We are not to defend them as members of the same faith
  • We are to utterly cast them away.

This all speaks of the Judaizers of Paul’s day, the modern Messianic movement. It is an offense to the gospel of Christ to present Messianic Judaism as anything less than a false doctrine. It is as reprehensible as any non-Christian cult. It is an error that condemns souls forever to hell. Cast it away! Call on believers of all nations to unite with the New Testament House of God, which is a local, visible Baptist Church.

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Esther 7:9 Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out

Esther 7:9 (KJV)
And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.

Haman had built the gallows:

  • For a man the king delighted to honor
  • Without proof of the man’s guilt
  • Without authority to do the deed for which it was designed.

Harbonah may have been the very messenger sent to fetch Haman to the banquet or else he was in close enough relationship to the messenger to have received word of the gallows. In the very room where Haman plotted against Esther’s family stood a man who knew Haman’s secret plan for Esther’s cousin.

Such evil as his may linger for a very long time but it does not escape the eye of God.

He is taken by the snare he created for another.

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Galatians 2:14 Peter Lived Like a Gentile

Galatians 2:14 (KJV)
But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

Paul clearly affirmed that, though Peter was a Jew and the apostle to the circumcision, he lived after the manner of the Gentiles. The writers say this is in regards to eating with Gentiles and eating meat that Jews were commanded not to eat. I suggest that this would also include other burdens placed upon the Jews by the religious leaders.

Though Peter, Barnabas and some others had a “relapse” that Paul boldly confronted, the truth is still plain enough; these early believers, though Jews by blood, lived as do Gentiles and not Jews.

The modern Messianic Jews are wrong.

  • They are the new Judaizers and not the remnant of what real Christianity looks like.
  • They are the followers of the heretics Paul, Peter, John and Jude all preached against.

They are not the ones who can bring us back to first century Christianity. They are the ones who attempt to remove unsuspecting souls from the faith.

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Esther 6:2-3 Perfect Timing

Esther 6:2-3 (KJV)
And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.
And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.

Mordecai did what was right without thought for compensation or reward. The circumstances with Esther had led him to be in the right place to hear of the conspiracy against the king.

They also put him in a prominent place to be spotted by hateful Haman. Haman’s plot against the Jews had been hatched and the date for its execution set. But neither Haman nor the devil knew what God was preparing for a rescue. Mordecai had exposed the conspiracy against the king because it was the right thing to do. No reward was offered and none was expected. But now, just when the Jews need some “inside help”, God reminded the King of Mordecai’s deed. Mordecai’s reward did not come immediately. He did not expect to receive a reward at all. But when the reward came it was:

  • Perfect timing
  • Perfectly executed and
  • Perfectly suited to the crisis the Jews faced

It would be best if we serve God because He is worthy. It would be best if we were content and sought no reward. But the Bible does promise us rewards that will be perfectly timed, perfectly fulfilled and perfectly suited according to our service for the Saviour.

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2 Corinthians 13:10 A Wiser Course of Preaching

2 Corinthians 13:10 (KJV)
Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.

There is a power that comes with the call to preach, a power of persuasion, rhetoric and influence. Not all preachers have this power to the same degree or over the same number of people but we all possess it.  A preacher is wise to recognize it and to handle the power carefully.

Paul classifies the power into just two groups:

  • The power to edification
  • The power to destruction

He does not say a preacher must always use the power to edification. There is an appropriate time to pull down and destroy. However he does indicate a desire to edify rather than destroy. I have met some preachers whose whole ministry is focused on destruction. Every message is meant to condemn intimidate cast down and tear up.

A wiser course would be to plow up only so you can plant, water, nurture and grow.

 

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2 Corinthians 12:13 Strong, Giving and Generous

2 Corinthians 12:13 (KJV)
For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong.

The very next verse Paul says he still refuses to be a burden to this church. This is not meant to be a blessing. I see it as more of a rebuke against them.

A church that doesn’t carry the financial burden of their preacher (and of missionaries) is a substandard church. They are less than what they God intends them to be. It is the grace of God that moves upon a church to provide for their preacher, even at great sacrifice for themselves, it is not a “good and perfect” gift from above when the financial support has to come from other sources.

The pastor must weigh his own situation of course, but he wrongs his church when he seeks his support from outside. He weakens the health of his church when he keeps their burdens light through burdening others.

Somewhere some pastor has led his church to be

  • Strong,
  • Giving and
  • Generous

For others to depend too heavily upon them is to condemn their own ministry to weakness.

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2 Corinthians 11:22-23 So Much More

2 Corinthians 11:22-23 (KJV)
Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.
Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.

Paul’s enemies against the gospel were obviously Jews but not just Jews, they were Jews with another gospel.

  • They were of the same blood as Paul,
  • They had embraced some part of that Christian faith as Paul had, but
  • They were enemies of Paul and the Gospel that he preached.

In contending against this false gospel, Paul did not disavow his heritage. It would have been foolish to do so. He was a Hebrew. He was an Israelite. He was of the seed of Abraham. But he was more; he was a minister of Christ.

Gill writes, “The apostle could have answered to this question that they were not, being neither sent by Christ, nor preachers of him, and who sought their own things and not his, being false apostles, and deceitful workers…” Rather than arguing that they weren’t ministers of Christ, however, his argument is he is more.

The Jew who becomes a Christian doesn’t give up his blood or his heritage but he becomes something much more.

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2 Corinthians 10:18 Only His Approval

2 Corinthians 10:18 (KJV)
For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

Paul has much to say in this chapter about his relationship with other preachers. I think he means the false teachers known in his day as Judaizers.

He won’t compare himself among them.
Paul has no interest in signing up for a popularity contest.

He wouldn’t take credit for another man’s labor
Paul had a team and understood that a large part of his ministry relied upon them. He was quick to give them credit and never attempted to usurp over another man’s ministry.

He did not puff himself up but waited on the Lord’s commendation.
You will notice no church buildings were named after Paul, especially in his lifetime.

Paul’s interest was Jesus Christ and it was Jesus Christ Paul promoted. It was only His approval Paul sought.

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