Remember the context for Chapter 3 follows chapters 2 and 1.  Paul has just finished a rich set of blessing-filled thoughts that talk about our salvation in terms of justification, and how that comes by grace through faith, and neither of those come from us as a source, they are a gift of God.  More than that, though we have been saved by the grace of Christ in that we died with Him to sin,...

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NB:  A covenant (binding legal agreement) on the Old Testament is “cut” (ratified) by taking sacrificial animals and dividing them in half and placing them into two piles of remains, with enough room to walk between them.  One pile represents the blessings of the agreement that will be received at its completion if it is kept, and the other side represents the cursings that are incurred if there is a default and it is not...

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Here are the study notes from Ephesians 2: Here at the beginning of the chapter, I must pause to remind everyone that Ephesians 2 comes in the context of immediately after chapter 1 with all of its lofty ideas about predestination for a purpose, how we are Christ’s body the church, and that we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit (God Himself).  Remember, the chapter divisions came during the 1300s and the verse divisions...

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As we dig in to Galatians 2, there are a couple of things to remember: Paul writes this after 14 years of actually preaching the Gospel. That Gospel is summarized in Gal. 1:4: [The Lord Jesus Christ, from v.3] gave Himself for us To rescue [exaireō, to remove, or to deliver from, as in removed the brand from the fire] us From this present evil age [i.e., our sins that tie us to that age]...

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The concept of sacrifice in Scripture begins at the fall of mankind from innocence in the Garden of Eden.  Genesis 3:21 tells us that before banishing Adam and Eve from the garden, he clothed them in animal skins.  God sacrificed the life of an innocent animal to cover the nakedness of the guilty.  (As a side note, I don’t imagine it was easy.  God loves His creation, every bit of it, even the parts that...

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Ephesians 1

Before I begin, I must say that understanding this passage without the lens of something like Calvinism is extremely difficult.  A great debate rages on word definitions like “predestined” versus “foreordained.”  Vitriol of the worst variety flows from the tongues and pens (and computer screens, let us not forget the keyboard warriors here) of everyone involved, and some sadly even in a misguided defense of th...

Galatians 1

1:  This letter is a very abbreviated letter in many ways, but it does fit the style of the letters Paul wrote other churches, in that it has a greeting, a body in which he communicates his message, and a closing section with various personal greetings.  However, right from the start, it is clear that Paul is not playing around.  Notwithstanding the text in parentheses, it basically says “Paul, an apostle and all the brothers...

Operation H. E. L. P. Needs YOU!
General / January 29, 2018

Every day, there are people in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, that live outside.  This becomes critical when you consider that for 5 months of the year, it is below freezing (often well below freezing) because Canada is a winter nation.  We are partnering with Soldiers for Jesus Motorcycle Club to provide some winter outdoor clothing for these people for whom Christ died.  They have an effective outreach to these folks, and witness ...

The Galatians Overview has been posted!

Hello Fellow Bereans! The overview of the book of Galatians is now ready. I somehow have lost the notes for Chapter 1, and must recreate them from scratch, and I hand-wrote the notes for chapters 2 and 3, so I must type them in in a readable fashion, and I have to edit chapters 4 through 6. Add to this school assignments (thought I had left those behind), associated readings, my own Bible Study I...

I’m buried with work…
Uncategorized / January 24, 2018

Sorry gang! I have an assignment due on Friday and a training course (on Bible Survey actually) on Friday and Saturday of this week. Sunday, I’m giving a talk about how you can grow in your Christian faith, and I have to finish the PowerPoint slides. I’m also the Moderator of the place I fellowship, and we’re getting it all ready for our annual meeting next month. If you need me, please email me at...

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