WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5
Scripture: Galatians 4: 19,20
In Galatians 1:6-9 If the principle precept of Bible interpretation is context determines meaning, then in Galatians Paul demonstrates the power of the Kingly Christ. Jesus warned the disciples to fear the God who dispenses double-death (destroy both body and spirit). Paul refers to a double-death as he warns all those who preach a different Gospel. In two consecutive verses Paul declares doubts about the maturity of Christ in the Galatians and in chapter 4 Paul is questioning whether or not the Galatians can represent the Jesus who John the Baptist preached. Can the Galatians represent Jesus the Judge? The question of chapter four is based on the precepts and examples outlined in the previous chapters. Therefore we have to examine the book of Galatians chapter by chapter to see if Paul makes his case. Does Paul demonstrate Jesus the Judge? Does the Jesus Paul knows cut people off? When faced with Jesus the Judge, do people repent? Do the Galatians have the courage to go there? The context has the answer. Chapter 1:6-9 states, But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” Paul decrees the double cutting off or utter destruction. The Greek word is an-ath-em-ah. It means utterly devoted to destruction. An-ath-em-ah refers to the ultimate death and destruction that of which only God is capable. Jesus warned, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul, but fear Him who can destroy both in hell forever. God kills twice, an-ath-em-ah is the Greek word that points to double-death! Paul was wondering if the Galatians could go there. I doubt that he would have to wonder about today’s church. There is no wonder left. It is obvious! Where is the character of the biblical Christ in today’s church that qualifies to declare an-ath-em-ah?