'Galatians' Tagged Posts

'Galatians' Tagged Posts

LOOKING TO THE CURSED FOR A CURE

There is a knock on the door one night.  It is Nicodemus. He wants to talk to Jesus.  Privately. As a Jewish leader he doubtless worries about guilt by association with this new Teacher on the scene who is working wonders. Amid the soaring truths about a new birth and God’s plan of salvation, Jesus points the old scholar back to the Old Testament:   “Just as Moses lifted…

GLEANINGS FROM GALATIANS

This week and next, our guest preacher, Pastor James Korthals, will focus on two texts from Paul’s letter to the Galatians.   Like Paul’s letter to the Romans, Galatians deals with the chief article of the Christian faith – justification by faith in Christ alone. But the tone of Galatians is far different than that of Romans.  The smoke of battle and the clatter of…

WHERE THE ROSES BLOOM

Amid the grand inspiration and insight which God gave to the apostle Paul, God gave him something else.  He calls it “a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment” him (2 Corinthians 12:7), much as God allowed Satan to inflict the ancient sufferer Job.   What was this “thorn?”  Was it epilepsy, migraine headaches, severe eye trouble which he seems to hint at in…

GOD’S GARAGE

“Lord, who has believed our message?” asked the prophet Isaiah.   Moses, Isaiah, John the Baptist, Paul, Jesus Himself tasted disappointment at lukewarm and downright cold reactions to the gospel. This is not the fault of the gospel.  There is no new and improved gospel, no “different” gospel which is no gospel at all, as Paul put it in Galatians.   “Faith comes from…

“NO OTHER FOUNDATION”

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” asks the terrified jailer, cutting through all the other questions of life which pale in comparison.  “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved,” said the apostles. Paul said it elsewhere: “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” Our Lutheran Confessions call this “the chief…