The “2 Gospels” of Galatians 2:7

But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter… (Galatians 2:7)


This is another quick attempt to compare and contrast that which was given to Peter and the Twelve to that which was given to Paul to proclaim and evangelize.  Again, I have highlighted some text for emphasis, but really, the Scriptures can speak for themselves.  It is recognized that “the gospel” in “the gospel of the circumcision” is italicized to indicate that it is added by the translators, but if it were changed to “that of the circumcision” instead, it would make no difference in the meaning of the sentence.  Just look below at two representative passages to understand the differences and the similarities between them. Continue reading “The “2 Gospels” of Galatians 2:7″

All in the Family

A Study of Colossians 3:17–21

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

Now we come to the place where we first begin to see the Christian life begin to show itself.  Verse 17 connects to verse 16, where we learn of our living together and ministry to each other in the body, so now it connects to verse 17 where we learn of our living together in the family and in work and life situations. Continue reading “All in the Family”

The Peace of God

A Study of Colossians 3:15–17

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him. (Colossians 3:15–17)

Since we who believe and are saved are baptized into Christ, we are baptized into His death.  Since Christ is risen from the dead, and we are in Him, we are raised to walk in newness of life.  Since we have put on, as an act of the will, the new man, where Christ is all in all, there is also a new way of life.  We are under “new management”.
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But Alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord

A Study of Colossians 3:12–14

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. (Colossians 3:12–14)

Since we who believe and are saved are baptized into Christ, we are baptized into His death.  Since Christ is risen from the dead, and we are in Him, we are raised to walk in newness of life.
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Reckoning the Old Man Dead with Christ

A Study of Colossians 3:5–11

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. (Colossians 3:5–11)

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