SEEMINGLY, AT FIRST GLANCE, ANTI-LAW VERSES WHICH ARE NOT REALLY TRUE, ANTI-MOSAIC LAW VERSES, CONTINUED:
43) Galatians 3:5: “Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law , or by the hearing of faith?-” Explanation: Pending. 44) Galatians 3:7: “…… only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.” Explanation: The word “only” has been ADDED by translators, significantly changing the meaning of this verse. Anti-Mosaic law leaning translators have again seized the opportunity to make this particular verse seem to say that only faith, independent of law keeping, is required for salvation. 45) Galatians 3:8: “…… foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham ……” Explanation: Again, this is another abstract, intellectual observation highlighting the great importance of faith in the sacrificial death of Jesus, versus law keeping, to atone for our sins. This verse does not specifically say that keeping the law has been annulled. There is far too much reasonable doubt that this verse can be used to proclaim that law observance is no longer necessary, since a large multitude of other verses quite clearly state that both faith and law keeping are necessary for salvation. 46) Galatians 3:10: “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: ……” Explanation: Go to the page GALATIANS, WRITTEN ABOUT 5 YEARS AFTER CIRCUMCISION WAS ABOLISHED, REFERS OVERWHELMINGLY TO CIRCUMCISION, MENTIONED 15 TIMES, AND TO A LESSER EXTENT ABOLISHED SACRIFICES, NOT OTHER LAWS. Briefly, the curse here is not the obedience part of the law itself but rather the penalty part of the law for breaking the law. 47) Galatians 3:11: “…… no one is justified by the law …… for ‘the just shall live by faith.” Explanation: Go to the above page. Briefly, again, this is merely another abstract, intellectual observation pointing out the GREATER importance of faith and grace, compared to the lesser, but still quite essential importance of law keeping, in the salvation process. It is not a clear release from law keeping. The need to continue keeping the law is emphatically recorded in Romans 6:1,2,15, Romans 3:31, Matthew 7:23, and dozens of other explicitly pro-law verses. 48) Galatians 3:13: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us ……” Explanation: Go to the above page. The “curse of the law” is simply the penalty (which is death) for breaking the law. There is just far too much reasonable doubt to conclude that the curse is the law itself when many other relevant verses are considered that quite emphatically actually command obedience to the law. 49) Galatians 3:14: “…… that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Explanation: What are you going to do with Acts 2:38 and Acts 5:32, “throw them out of the window”? Those verses explicitly demand law obedience to acquire the Holy Spirit. Obedience conjoined with the faith that Jesus’ sacrificial death will atone for our sins is what is indicated here, that will allow us to receive the Holy Spirit. If you still incorrectly think law keeping is unnecessary to acquire the Holy Spirit, do you really think that you can get away with picking and choosing which laws you want to obey? 50) Galatians 3:18: “For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.” Explanation: Pending. 51) Galatians 3:19: “What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come ……” Explanation: The particular law referred to here is only the temporary, now abolished sacrifice laws explained in Hebrews 9:8-13 and 10:1. Go to the above page discussing Galatians. 52) Galatians 3:21: “For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law.” Explanation: Pending. 53) Galatians 3:25: “But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.” Explanation: Go to the above page, GALATIANS, WRITTEN ABOUT 5 YEARS AFTER ……. Basically, the tutor (the Greek for tutor refers to a chastising type of schoolmaster, not a teaching type of schoolmaster) was specifically the chastising sacrifice laws only, (which required expensive animals) abolished by the sacrifice of Jesus, not the rest of the law. 54) Galatians 4:3: “…… when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world.” Explanation: Go again to the above Galatians page. The “elements of the world” are the pagan gods and pagan practices of worshipping those gods, NOT Old Testament laws. If you think that those elements (“the weak and beggarly elements”) refer to OT laws, then not only just a “red flag” should appear, but an “almost blindingly bright, pulsating, red flare” should go up after reading Galatians 4:9: “BUT NOW AFTER YOU HAVE KNOWN GOD …… how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements …… again to be in bondage?” Note the pivotally important word “AFTER.” THE PRIOR AWARENESS AND PRACTICE OF OT laws make you KNOWLEDGEABLE AND FAMILIAR WITH GOD, NOT UNKNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT GOD. Verse 9 strongly implies that the weak and beggarly elements were something that PRECEDED substantial knowledge of God (knowledge of God’s OT laws and regulations). The knowledge and practice of OT laws are totally impossible without “knowing God to some degree.” Therefore the weak and beggarly elements CANNOT be the OT laws since they preceded “knowing God.” The “weak and beggarly elements” is just a description of idolatrous paganism described in the preceding verse 8 as serving “those which by nature ARE NOT GODS” (not a true, real God). Verse 8 conclusively reinforces the point that verse 9?s “weak and beggarly elements” cannot be OT laws because OT laws DO “serve those which by nature ARE GODS” or, in reality, involves serving a real God. 55) Galatians 4:9: “But now after you have known God …… how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements …… again to be in bondage?” Explanation: Read the previous explanation. 56) Galatians 4:10: “You observe days and months and seasons and years.” Explanation: This could not refer to the OT festivals because none of those feasts are observed according to seasons. Verse 10 most likely is a reference to astrology like practices, part of the pagan “weak and beggarly elements,” which is the main issue in previous verses. 57) Galatians 4:21: “Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law?” Explanation: The main subject in the entire book of Galatians is circumcision, mentioned 15 times, so this overwhelmingly is the law Paul is most likely referring to here. 58) Galatians 4:24: “which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar-” Explanation: Hagar symbolizes the abolished Old Covenant (which did not annul all OT laws) and circumcision, now replaced by the New Covenant. The Old Covenant did not promise eternal life, complete forgiveness of sins, or the Holy Spirit, which are now available in the New Covenant. 59) Galatians 4:31: “…… we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free.” Explanation: Christians are now under the New Covenant and no longer bound by having to obey or be subject to the circumcision, sacrifice, Levitical priesthood laws, or automatic death penalty for sin. 60) Galatians 5:1: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Explanation: This verse refers to abolished circumcision, the main law discussed in Galatians, again pointed out in the very next verse, verse 2. 61) Galatians 5:2: “…… if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.” Explanation: This is another reminder that relying solely on law keeping for salvation and rejecting the grace provided by Jesus will not save you from your sins. 62) Galatians 5:3: “And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.” Explanation: Go to the above page on GALATIANS. This is merely another criticism of law keeping when used as the sole and only source of salvation when rejecting the atoning grace of Jesus’ sacrificial death. Since the law itself requires observing all of its laws, even those few abolished by the Apostles, Paul reminded those who incorrectly insist on still teaching circumcision that they must obey all of the law, even the sacrifices. 63) Galatians 5:4: “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law ……” Explanation: Same as the previous explanation. 64) Galatians 5:6: “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.” Explanation: The sole issue here is circumcision and circumcision only, not the rest of the still valid divine laws. 65) Galatians 5:14: “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Explanation: The primary Greek definition for fulfilled, pleroo, means to make more complete or more perfect, not to replace or substitute, a big difference. So again, there is too much reasonable doubt to say here that the law has been replaced or abolished. 66) Galatians 5:18: “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” Explanation: This over generalized verse cannot mean that Christians are no longer under ALL OT laws because Acts 2:38 reveals that sinning must be abandoned, which in turn means that the law MUST be obeyed since sin is defined as breaking the law, in order to acquire the Holy Spirit. 67) Galatians 6:2: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Explanation: In the first place, Wickipedia.org concludes that the meaning of “law of Christ” is not even certain. The Greek word for fulfill is derived from another Greek word, pleroo, which means to complete, perfect, or add to, not to replace or abolish any law. 68) Galatians 6:13: “For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.” Explanation: Pending. Briefly, there is far too much reasonable doubt to assume that this is a clear release from law keeping, especially considering the very large number of other verses clearly commanding law keeping. The context seems to indicate this is a criticism of the attitude of these particular people saying that they have been circumcised, not a criticism of the law itself. 69) Ephesians 2:8: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” Explanation: Same as the previous explanation. This verse cannot just be lifted out of the Bible ignoring the rest of the Bible. As mentioned before, faith in itself requires law keeping because it requires the Holy Spirit which in turn requires law keeping according to Acts 2:38 confirmed further by Galatians 5:18. 70) Ephesians 2:9: “not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Explanation: Same as the previous explanation. 71) Ephesians 2:15: “having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace.” Explanation: Go to the page ACTS 15:24, COLOSSIANS 2:14, AND EPHESIANS 2:15 DO NOT PROVE MOST LAWS WERE ABOLISHED.
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