Interpretive Project 2

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Pamela Franklin
BIBL 110 D19 Undergraduate Program
Professor Spencer
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 Duvall and Hays Journey into God's Word: Your Guide
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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.
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