BIBL 110 D19 Undergraduate Program
December 13, 2015
Interpretive Project 2
Paul's letter to the Galatians describes (in part) how to maintain Christian liberty and how to walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 5: 16-18 (RSV) states:
"But I say, walk by the Spirit and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you would. But if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law."
The following illustrates the four steps of the Interpretive Journey for New Testament Letters in ...view middle of the document...
Christ's doctrines were new to them. We, in contemporary times, have had Christ's doctrine taught to us just as our predecessors had the Law of Moses taught to them. So we have the opportunity today to choose the power and freedom in Christ as opposed to "slavery through useless and destructive solutions" We have escaped self-deception. We realize that no amount of "works" will grant us salvation. It is only through faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior that we will receive it.
Step 3: Cross the Principilizing Bridge
"We find that the theological principle that people cannot achieve God's acceptance by keeping the law or by human effort alone (symbolized by circumcision). God's grace is given as a gift" This principle is timeless. It is not geared towards any culture. It is directed at all of those who believe Christ to be our Lord and Savior, is not time specific and is relevant to both the biblical reader as well as the contemporary. "God’s law shows people their sins. So it shows people that they need to trust Jesus. Only Jesus can free us from the punishment for our sins." "And it is not enough that we cease to do evil, but we must learn to do well. Our conversation will always be answerable to the principle which guides and governs us."
Step 4: Grasp the text in our town
We do not live by the Law of Moses today, however, we very often live our lives as if we are in control. We labor for money, property and prestige sometimes by any means necessary and believe that we will gain favor in the eyes of God and our peers. The reality of the situation is that God is in control... and we will not receive favor except by way of Jesus Christ. Paul's "practical exhortations are to 'serve one another through love,' to 'love your neighbor as yourself' and to 'walk in the Spirit.' Paul goes on to say "that a person who truly walks in the Spirit, 'will absolutely not' carry out the flesh's desires." "Now the works of the flesh are plain: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like" (Galatians 5;20, RSV). When we attempt to practice the...