Category Archives: The Narrow Way (Galatians)

The Narrow Way: The mark of the people of God

Galatians 6:11-18 At the time Paul wrote this letter, Christians were persecuted mainly by the Jewish community (who resented the inclusion of Gentiles). The Judaistic version of Christianity (forcing Gentile converts to become Jews) effectively reduced it to no more … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: Sowing and reaping

Sowing and reaping (Galatians 6:7-10) To sum up: sin is a serious matter, and we don’t have the luxury of being able to ignore it. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” (Galatians … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: Community

Galatians 6:1-6 The pursuit of holiness is not a purely personal quest: the road is one on which we travel as a group. And the most sensitive indicator of our spirituality is the nature of our relationships with our Christian … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: The flesh and the Spirit

Galatians 5:19-26 The battle against sin may have been decisively won when Jesus died on the Cross, but our sinful nature has a powerful hold on us and refuses to admit defeat – which makes further conflict inevitable, even after … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: The Law and the Spirit

Galatians 5:13-18 But there was much more to the Jewish Law than the issues raised by the Judaisers (circumcision and diet). Without the restraining influence of its moral demands, surely Gentile converts would continue to live in their sinful, pagan … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: Christian freedom

Galatians 5:1-12 As Paul stated at the very beginning of the letter (Galatians 1:4), “Christ gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age” – from slavery in both its Jewish (legalistic) and pagan (idolatrous) forms. … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: Isaac and Ishmael

Galatians 4:21-31 Paul attacks the legalists on their own ground, in order to prove that their position is illogical. For the Law includes Genesis, and the story of Abraham’s family. It isn’t enough to call yourself a son of Abraham, … Continue reading

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