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Seems to me Paul is referring to common morality, as we would think of it today. But, he was aiming at exposing false religion. There was much religious activity then (as now), but apart from Christ, no one can meet God's standard of righteousnes, holiness.


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Another possible (though less likely) interpretation is that the Greek word translated as especially in the ESV (malista Strong's #3122) should be translated as namely, or that is to say. This would give the sense: So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, viz. to those who are of the household of faith. In other words, in this ...


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This section of Galatians is explaining why they should not become circumcised For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. (Galatians 5:6 NKJV) Then a comparison is given between "using the body" and "using the breath" You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth ...


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The Greek isn't going to help you quite so much in this. Paul is talking about two separate law codes in Galatians: The Torah and the Oral Traditions. You can determine which is which from the context but the Greek cannot help you to decipher the two apart. The Oral traditions (aka "Fence around the Law") were more valued by the religious leaders so much ...


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You need to look at these verses in their context. The Εpistle to the Galatians begins as follows (as there are no serious textual or interpretational issues here I will cite only the KJV): 1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) 2 and all the brethren which are with me, ...


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I feel Liam really answered this, however I would like to show some of the foundational concepts that help support his answer. As Liam points out there are the two systems the "Faith Based System" and the "Law of Moses". These two systems are explained in Galatians under the terms Spirit and Flesh. Paul starts by explaining about trusting in the ...


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You've probably already consulted commentators on who these brothers/brethren may have been. If so, you likely realize your question is a difficult one to answer with any degree of certainty. Some commentators are not even sure if Paul was addressing churches in Northern or Southern Galatia, although the popular opinion seems to be he was addressing the ...



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