• What are the “elementary principles of the world” in Galatians 4:3? Question and Answer

    Galatians 4:3

    First, you need to put the statement “elementary principles of the world” in its context. The general context is the transition from the Old Testament order to the new order in Christ, which is the new covenant. Paul is looking back to his past life as a Jewish person and thinking about how he was under the law of God. In his case, he was under the law of God but not resting in the fulfillment of the promise of God. Because that was so, the principles of the law of God brought condemnation into his life. There is a … View Resource

  • In Acts 16 Paul encourages Timothy to be circumcised, then later condemns it. Was he being hypocritical? Question and Answer

    Galatians 5:1-6

    I don’t think the apostle was being hypocritical at all. This is a very interesting historical situation that the New Testament records for us. It does say that Paul circumcised Timothy and then refused to circumcise Titus, and this became a major controversy in the early church. Paul’s reasoning behind it, I think, can be ferreted out through a study of Galatians, Corinthians, and Romans. He talks about his concern for ethics and says that there are certain things God prohibits and certain things he commands. Then there are those things that are basically neutral in the ethical sense—those things … View Resource

  • Is it true that the blood of Jesus takes away sickness? Question and Answer

    Galatians 6:11

    In the ultimate sense, it is true that in the new heavens and new earth there will be no coronavirus. It is a product of the fall. I think that the fourth servant song of Isaiah 53 refers to the ultimate healing ministry of Jesus. To suggest that no Christian will be sick, however, is crazy. We’re all going to die in some form or another, and all of it is a sickness of one form or another. The Apostle Paul had a malady. It might have been his eyesight since the reference in Galatians says, “See in what large … View Resource