Sabbath School

The Trinity Doctrine: Will It Survive?

I am, by nature, an orthodox soul, but when it comes to the doctrine of the Trinity, I find myself strangely unsettled. After reading the best of the ancients (Tertullian, Athanasius, Augustine) I still get the sense that this doctrine is just a bit 'too clever by half'.

Boasting On Jesus

 

Paul makes an extraordinary statement in his closing remarks to the Galatians: "May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." (Galatians 6:14, NIV) Never boast except in this ONE thing? The world (absolutely everything) has been crucified (killed) to me and I have been crucified (killed) to the world? Jesus has replaced absolutely everything? ONE has become ALL? Astonishing.

HOPE FOR THE HOPELESS

Isn’t this portion of Scripture the true crux of our spiritual journey as a church family? We have seen, in Galatians 5:16-25, a list of the “acts of a sinful nature” and there are certainly some major league issues listed there. I’m feeling pretty good as we get started into the list. But then we get to “sins” that impact our relationships. Paul seems to be saying to me that “moral failure” is more than adultery or acts of public depravity. He gives even more space to acts and attitudes that make me stop and take inventory.

The Secret to the Adventist Life Style

This commentary is wrapped in autobiography and sins against the quarterly by snitching verses 13-15 from last week’s lesson to add to our passage for this week. So we’ll be working on Galatians 5:13-25. 

Commentary on Galatians 5:13-15

Verse 13. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 

Two Women Mean Two Covenants

 

After the interlude of Galatians 4:12-20, Paul leaves the reminiscence of his foundational visit to the Galatian Christians and returns to defending the gospel and the brand of Christianity that he had introduced to them on that visit. The focus this week is on 4:21-31.

From “Foolish Gentiles” to “My Little Children”

In the first two thirds of the Letter to the Galatians, Paul is engaged in a frank and sometimes angry, rhetorical defense of his apostolic authority and the gospel that he had been proclaiming among the Gentiles. In these sections, Paul argues that he is as much an apostle as Peter and his colleagues in Jerusalem and that his teaching—that Gentiles could become Christians and live accordingly outside the context of the Jewish law—is true and biblically valid.

Tutored, Adopted, and Inheritors: Living Faith with Christ

 

This quarter’s lessons have been a helpful guide to the intricacies of Pauls’ discourse in Galatians and unfolding the gospel. Carl Cosaert has managed both, and I appreciate his work in these lessons.

The following thoughts explore listening to Galatians 3:26-4:11 from the audience perspective in its Greco-Roman social context. I would suggest having a Bible open before reading further.

A New Paradigm for Understanding Galatians

“Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses”(Acts 13:38-9 ESV).

Problematic Approaches

In the Face of Law and Grace: Adventist Views on Salvation and How We Speak About Them

This week’s Adult Bible Study Guide quotes Ellen White: “The law of God, spoken in awful grandeur from Sinai, is the utterance of condemnation to the sinner. It is the province of the law to condemn, but there is in it no power to pardon or to redeem.” (SDA Bible Commentary, VI, 1094).  God’s power “to pardon and to forget” is, as the influential Adventist theologian G. D.





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