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I have been doing this teaching for a while, but I think it is important to list resources to fully understand the context of Galatians 5. Paul was battling a group of Pharisees who believed in Yeshua/Jesus, but these Pharisees were troubling the converts with a law that Paul describes as bondage and slavery, and a circumcision that makes Messiah’s blood of no benefit. The topic of this chapter is salvation, and the proper path to it. We must be careful to give Paul our undivided attention, because Peter warns us that there are some things in Paul’s letters that are hard to understand, and if we misunderstand them, it could lead to destruction, mainly, lawlessness (2 Pet. 3:15-18).
For background, it is important to understand what the Pharisees believed was the proper path to Salvation, and also understand what the Torah says the proper path to Salvation is to fully grasp what Paul is trying to convey. What I have found in my personal experiences, is if we understand the doctrines and beliefs of both parties involved, a very clear picture is painted in a seemingly contradictory chapter of Galatians. Here is Galatians 5, I will add questions in the ( )’s to provoke a thought pattern, and it will help with the terms Paul is using to convey his points.
I recently received a comment on Facebook about my postings related to Torah.
Here’s an excerpt from my friend’s reply:
“My Savior was Jewish, I am not. My Savior taught that the most important thing to do was to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself. I’m concerned I don’t see any mention of this type of love in your postings. I would encourage you to take time to carefully read the book of Galatians. If you choose to be live by the law you will be judged by it…”
This is a reasonable and understandable response. – I get it, and I know where they are coming from…
It’s my hope that the response below will help all those seeking truth in these confusing matters: