Who turned you away from the truth?
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by Pastor Randy Moll
16h ago
“You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.” Galatians 5:7-8 The believers in Galatia had been running well, trusting they were acceptable to God through faith alone in Jesus Christ and His cross, but false teachers, not sent by God, were hindering them and turning them away from the truth by saying that the believers needed to be circumcised and obey the worship laws of the Old Testament. We, too, need to be on guard against false teachers who would turn us back to reliance upon works of the law or man-made traditions ..read more
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Faith in Christ avails before God
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by Pastor Randy Moll
2d ago
“For we, through the Spirit, by faith, eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith which works through love.” Galatians 5:5-6 The Spirit of God, working through His Word, has given us the sure hope that we are counted righteous by God through faith in Christ Jesus and His atoning sacrifice on the cross. Being circumcised or not being circumcised doesn’t matter. What counts is having genuine faith in Christ Jesus, not a dead faith but a faith that also moves us to love God and neighbor. Thank You, O God, for a ..read more
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Stand fast in the freedom won for us by Christ
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by Pastor Randy Moll
5d ago
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has set us free, and be not entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1 When we trust in Christ as our Savior, He sets us free from bondage under the law, having fulfilled all its righteous demands in our stead and having made full atonement for all our sins. Since we have been pardoned and set free through faith in Christ Jesus, our Substitute, let’s not turn back and again become entangled in the demands of the law or the observance of human traditions to merit our salvation. O Christ, You freed us from the law’s curse by being ..read more
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Will you be cast out or inherit eternal life?
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by Pastor Randy Moll
5d ago
“Nevertheless, what does the Scripture say? ‘Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not be heir with the son of the free woman.’ So then, brothers, we are not children of the slave woman but of the free woman.” Galatians 4:30-31 As Ishmael, Abraham’s son of Hagar, the slave woman, did not inherit with Isaac, the son of Abraham by Sarah, but was cast out, so will those who are flesh descendants of Abraham but not of Abraham’s faith be cast out and not inherit the promises. Only those who trust in Jesus Christ, the Offspring of Abraham who atoned for the sins ..read more
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An allegory of two covenants
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by Pastor Randy Moll
1w ago
“These things are an allegory, for these are the two covenants. The one is from Mount Sinai, which gives birth to bondage; she is Hagar. Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and represents the present Jerusalem, and is in bondage with her children. But the Jerusalem which is above is free, which is our mother.” Galatians 4:24-26 The Apostle Paul compares Sarah and Hagar to two covenants: the covenant of promise made with Abraham and the covenant of laws given later on Mt. Sinai. When we seek to be acceptable to God by our own keeping of the laws given to Moses at Mt. Sinai, we are like the ..read more
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Children of flesh or children of promise?
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by Pastor Randy Moll
1w ago
“Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by a slave woman, the other by a free woman. But he who was of the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but he of the free woman through the promise.” Galatians 4:21-23 The question Paul raises is whether we are children of promise or children of bondage, for Abraham had two sons, one of the flesh by a slave woman and one of promise to Abraham and Sarah and free. Those seeking to be counted righteous based on the law are bound to the law and condemned by it. Those ..read more
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Do we reject God's messengers?
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by Pastor Randy Moll
1w ago
“Have I, therefore, become your enemy because I tell you the truth?” Galatians 4:16 Like the apostle Paul, a faithful pastor warns his flock concerning sin and doctrinal error and seeks to restore his hearers to the truth so they might be saved through faith in Jesus Christ. Yet far too often, when pastors speak the truth to their parishioners and warn them of the consequences of sin and unbelief, they are hated and rejected for it. Wouldn’t it be better to know the truth and repent rather than remain deceived and be condemned? O gracious and merciful God, grant that I hear Your Word spoken to ..read more
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Received as a messenger from God
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by Pastor Randy Moll
1w ago
“Though my infirmity was in my flesh, you neither despised nor rejected me, but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.” Galatians 4:14 Like the Apostle Paul, gospel ministers suffer from physical infirmities and weaknesses. Yet, as the apostle was received as a messenger of God – even as Christ Jesus Himself – we need to remember that when ministers, frail as they may be, speak the Word of God to us, Christ Jesus Himself speaks to us and shares with us His life-giving promises and creates faith in our hearts. Grant, O Lord, that I hear Your voice when my minister proclaims Your ..read more
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Why go back to religious rituals and rites?
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by Pastor Randy Moll
1w ago
“Previously, when you did not know God, you served those who by nature are not gods. But now, after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how do you turn again to the weak and worthless elemental forces to which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have worked for you in vain.” Galatians 4:8-11 Before hearing and believing the gospel of forgiveness and life eternal through faith in Christ Jesus, people served false gods of their own imagination through earthly rituals and rites such as the observing of certa ..read more
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Neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female
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by Pastor Randy Moll
2w ago
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, and there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:28-29 While often misapplied by those seeking to justify women in the pastoral ministry, this word of God teaches that all who trust in Christ Jesus for pardon and are baptized in His name, whether male or female, Jew or Greek, slave or free, are a part of the one body of Christ, members of the holy catholic (universal) church. And those who trust in Christ ..read more
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