Paul’s Letter to The Galatians

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Galatians Study

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Part 5.  The conclusion of Paul’s case against combining Law and Grace

We’ve arrived at the final chapter of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, where Paul has presented a strong case against combining Law and Grace. In effect, he has said the two are like oil and water; they don’t mix. Jesus died to set us free from the Law. Therefore, believers who place themselves under the Law are denying the sufficiency of the cross. A little Law mixed into Grace is like a little yeast mixed into a batch of dough. Both eventually permeate everything and cause irreversible changes.

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Please Explain The Difference

Q.  Re: Must God Choose Us?  Could you explain these two verses.  Isaiah 55:6 says,  “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near”  and John 6:44 says, ” No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” They seem to contradict each other.

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Wrong Method, Right Result?

Q. Is there a place in the Bible where we find that God offers salvation  to those who reach out to Him as best as they know how … even if it’s wrong?

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Saved Unbelievers?

Q.  I have been married for 7 1/2 years and love my husband dearly. I am a believer but He is not. I have presented him with the facts and showed him scriptures in the bible to back it up. He just believes that Jesus was a good man that started one of many religions that are practiced today. He believes that when we as Christians tell someone that Jesus is the only way to salvation, that it is discriminatory against other beliefs. We have had many heated discussions in reference to this. It breaks my heart to know that his soul is at stake and I pray that the Lord will open his eyes one day.

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More On Saved By Faith Kept By Works

Q.  I believe we are saved by grace alone and we have no requirement other than faith. My question is, are some of my dear friends who believe they have some responsibility in maintaining their salvation by their works not saved?

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Paul’s Letter To The Galatians

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Galatians Study

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Part 4 of Paul’s case against combining the Law and Grace

By now you know that Paul’s letter to the Galatians was a vigorous rebuttal to the claims of the so-called Judaizers, Jewish Christians who taught that Gentiles desiring to become Christians had to put themselves under the Law and be circumcised to be saved.

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Can It Really Be That Simple?

Q.  I know a person who believes Jesus is God, that He died for our salvation and rose again ascending into Heaven. The person believes he is a sinner in need of salvation, has confessed his sins and repented but can’t believe it is that easy to be born again.  He says all his life he has been told things only to find out in the end that he was mislead, that what he did wasn’t enough to receive his reward and believes that applies to salvation as well.  He thinks there has to be more, that just having faith is not enough.  He also says that how can people be born again and keep on sinning and still be saved?  What do I say?

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Explaining The Narrow Road

Q.  I look forward to your daily messages.  Your explanations really add depth to my knowledge of the Bible.  Could you explain how one might reconcile Matthew 7:13-14 [the narrow gate & the wide gate] with Acts 16:31 [Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.]?   Isn’t belief in Jesus Christ the only criterion necessary for salvation?

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The Fate Of Post Resurrection Jews

Q.  I know no one is accepted apart from Christ. How are the Jews that are not Messianic since His resurrection capable of any hope for salvation? I am talking about all of them, especially oven ashes, those that screamed in agony at the hands of the nazis, in earnest cries to Jehovah yet without Christ. They burn twice for their hardened hearts?  I trust God and know His answer to this question is just and perfect. Nonetheless, I long for a greater understanding of how 2000 years’ worth of Jews could possible be condemned to hell due this hardening until the Gentiles have come in. Not that I cannot accept it, just that I do not know how it is possible that they burn in hell secondary to this seemingly supernatural hardening. Lately it is physically painful to me to contemplate that this is the reality of the post resurrection Jews’ fate. I hate it

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