MEDITATIONS 9: EPHESIANS 4

Chap 4: Outline: Chapter 4 is full of instructions for the believer. Paul takes time to teach believers about how they should act towards themselves, family, neighbors, and community. Going over how to communicate and about how emotions strongly affect them and the community. He urges charity and to abstain from idleness. God’s gifts to…

MEDITATIONS 8: EPHESIANS 3

Chap 3: (Forgive this author, he is still looking for his APA manual) Outline: Eph 3: 1 – 6 The mystery of Gentile’s salvation and being brought into the body of Christ along with the Israelites is revealed. It was not made known to people in the past It has now, “been revealed by the…

MEDITATIONS 7: EPHESIANS 2

Chap 2: (Forgive the formatting issues, this author is still learning how to use WordPress.com) Thoughts given at the bottom of the outline. Outline: Eph 2: 1 – 3 What believers were before they were saved by the Grace of God through Faith. Before accepting Christ they were dead in sin as transgressors Following, “the…

MEDITATIONS 6: EPHESIANS INTRO & 1

Intro: There is debate on the authorship of Ephesians due to the lack of introduction as found in all of Paul’s other letters. However, if these letters were written by Paul, he wrote them to be passed around from Church to Church. Speculative, these 7 Churches in Ephesians are the Churches referenced in Revelations. The…

MEDITATIONS 5: GALATIANS 5 – 6

Chap 5 & 6: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Gal 5: 1) Ties into Chap 6 completing the thesis of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a…

MEDITATIONS 4: GALATIANS 4

Chap 4: I find this chapter extremely difficult to parse down into a few paragraphs. A whole academic paper could be written about this chapter. Paul’s letters were directed at subjects brought to him by the civilizations he addressed. There is a small jump of subjects starting in Chapter 4, but the law is still…

MEDITATIONS 3: GALATIANS 3

Chap 3: Reading through Chapter 3 the reader finds Paul expands on the idea of Law vs. Faith. The most important part of Chapter 3 is verses 16 – 18, with strong emphasis on 18, “For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise, but God in His…

MEDITATIONS 2: GALATIONS 2

Chap 2: Once again Paul opens up defending his authority and the truth of the Gospel. He brought the Gospel before the Saints seeking their approval of what he was teaching the Gentiles. Again, there seems to be an on going attack against the Gospel where other believers push those who believe the theology of…

MEDITATIONS: 1. Galatians

Chap 1: Paul opens Galatians addressing the people about God’s redeeming grace. Then flows into announcing his calling came from God, out of Judaism and persecuting Christians. He relates how his revelation of the Gospel came from Jesus Christ and urges the people to avoid those who were teaching a contrary Gospel, “the circumcision party,”…