The First Of The Four Steps

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The first of the four steps is “Grasping the text in their town.” When we consider Galatians 5:16–18, in its context we can understand how this text relates to 21st century Christians today. The Apostle Paul was warning the church in Galatia, about the Judaizing teachers who was spreading a message to bring them back under the bondage of the Mosaic Law to attain salvation. The Judaizers were Jews who taught and believed that Old Testament laws like diet; circumcision and law keeping were binding on the New Testament Christians in that day. He explains that the law was not given to justify them but rather to reveal to them their sin (Galatians 3:11-14). In verse 5:13, the Apostle Paul, reminds the 1st century Christians that they were…show more content…
I am sure most if not all agonized over being faithful to the Old Covenant while keeping an open mind to embrace the New Covenant. However, God bridged their learning curve with many demonstrations of His power (Galatians 3:5), so that they trust the revelatory amplified message being preached by the apostles. Many people today are not born into a society where the temple, civil and ceremonials laws, give them their religious, ethnic, and national identity, which in past time was ordained by God. Although there is a measurable divide from the 1st century to the 21st century, the cause and desires of the soul to sin is identical regardless of the cultural divide. Moreover, it is not a matter of when and where a person is born but it is if the Spirit of God has truly regenerated that person. Paul writes in Galatians 5:24-25 “and those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Therefore, we all must wrestle with our sinful condition before God, not just the 1st century Jews, but also all of mankind. The third of the four steps, which is: “cross the principilizing bridge.” The application of the theological principal has not changed
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