Faith without Works is Dead

In today’s Bible reading from James 2, we see the issue I mentioned yesterday about a supposed contradiction between James and Paul on the basis of our justification before God. Paul says that we are justified by grace alone (Ephesians 2:8-9) and James says we are justified by works (James 2:24). So which one is…

Heir of the Promise

Today’s Bible reading is Galatians 3. In it, Paul asks, who bewitched you into believing this horrible lie? (Galatians 3:1) He looks back to Abraham, the father of the Jewish Nation who was justified by his faith, not by obedience to the Law (the Law wasn’t even given for 430 years after Abraham). God promised…

A Wasted Death

Today’s Bible reading is Galatians 2. Paul continues his tirade against the “gospel” of the Judaizers which has been fully embraced by the church at Galatia. The key to understanding Chapter Two — and the key to the entire book of Galatians, and even the very message of the gospel — is the last half…

A Different Gospel

Today’s Bible reading is Galatians 1. Paul wrote the letter to the Galatians to counter a dangerous theology that added to Jesus’ once-for-all sacrifice. A group of Judaizers (not just “Jews”) said that Jesus’ death was sufficient for our forgiveness, but in order to be a good Christian, you have to be a good Jew,…