Category Archives: Galatians

Salvation by faith; praise the Lord!

Mine! Mine!

Alternatively titled, “What you won’t hear the Apostle Paul say.”

I’ve been chewing on this for a little while as I work my way through Paul’s epistles. During this project, I’ve discovered a funny side effect of getting to know the biblical authors better: I get annoyed when people say things about them that I don’t think are true. In this case, I found myself chafing at a rather pervasive idea commentators seem to have have about Paul. Many of them consider him to be quite possessive of the churches he planted.

At one level, I can see how they could arrive at this conclusion. With texts like these…

Ga 4:16-17; 5:12 Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth? They zealously court you, but for no good; yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them. …I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off!

2Co 10:13 We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us–a sphere which especially includes you.

2Co 11:5 For I consider that I am not at all inferior to the most eminent apostles…

2Co 12:11 …I ought to have been commended by you; for in nothing was I behind the most eminent apostles…

…it’s easy to walk away with the idea that Paul was a little jumpy about losing his ministry base. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on September 14, 2011 in 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians


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And Thank You Again, Sarah-Beth!

This woman is brilliant. For real. If you ever want to get a good dose of Bible insight, hang out with Sarah-Beth sometime.

I’ve been up to my eyeballs in commentary editing — hence my lack of blogginess (yes, I just invented that word, and I think its a keeper) — but this is some of what makes my job doable and fun. I get to read stuff like this from my team.

Though the cross was a once and for all event, saving faith in Jesus as the Christ is not a solitary, once and for all event in the believer’s life. One lone decision does not necessarily result in continued justification and righteousness. The faith that saves is the life lived by faith which continually believes that its sins have been forgiven and that it stands righteous, justified before the Holy God on account of the propitiation of Christ’s sacrifice.  Saving faith, righteousness, and justification before God is a continual believing in the work of the cross confirmed by Christ’s resurrection, as the cross and the resurrection is integrated and reproduced in the believer’s life.


Posted by on April 24, 2007 in Bible, Galatians, Theology