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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: Slaves or sons?

Galatians 4:1-20 The difference between the old covenant of law and the new covenant of grace is like the difference between being a servant and being a son (or daughter) of the family. Servants can retain their position only for … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: Law or grace?

Galatians 3:1-25 The blessings of the new age include, first and foremost, the gift of the Holy Spirit (the hallmark of genuine Christianity). And the experience of Gentile believers, beginning with Cornelius (Acts 10:44-47), was that the Holy Spirit was … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: Justification

Galatians 2:15,16 How does one distinguish between those who belong to the people of God and those who don’t? For the Jews, the answer to this question was quite straightforward: if you were circumcised and subscribed to other marks of … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Obedience

Exodus 19 & 20 After two months of travelling, the Israelites finally reach their primary destination: Mount Sinai. They have come far to the south of the Promised Land, but this is no detour. Their salvation is complete and unconditional; … Continue reading

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Holiness: What is it?

Holiness is a much-misunderstood concept. It conjures up images of solitary hermits shutting themselves away from the distractions (and also the needs) of the world, or of self-righteous Pharisees condemning lesser mortals for their failures (Luke 18:11,12). But Biblical holiness … Continue reading

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“Love your neighbour”

If an unbeliever is asked to sum up Christianity in a sentence, this is probably what they will come out with. And it isn’t exactly wrong; but it isn’t totally right either. Firstly, it’s incomplete. The full quotation  (from Jesus’ … Continue reading

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