worship, Psalm 16 (at Open Table only)
9.57-62 (follow, but)
corner in this chapter, moving from various metaphors for our slaveries into
more detail on our freedom as children of God.
to a yoke of slavery. (Slavery of circumcision and law-keeping)
for self-indulgence. (Slavery of empty desire)
is always based upon what God has already done (the indicative).”
city (Jericho). Now, do this.
exclusive. To pursue the law as a path to righteousness is to cut ourselves off
from grace. An unintended consequence, but a consequence all the same.
cut yourselves off from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.
of the regional earth mother-goddess castrated themselves and put their testes
in a box (Hansen, 161).
righteousness by circumcision and law cuts us off from grace, cuts us off from
“the offense of the cross” (5.11).
that we cannot be saved by our own efforts
that we cannot make ourselves acceptable to God
that we have rejected God’s grace when first offered
that’s a scandal if I ever heard one.
people become obstacles to overcome or things to possess.
take care that you are not consumed by one another.
one another, envying one another.
cross is prominent:
crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
people don’t indulge themselves.
to live free
point to the cross
offense to our attempts to be our own saviors
offense to our self-indulging pursuit of happiness
slaveries, Paul points us to the Spirit and to Love.
wait for the hope of righteousness.
the desires of the flesh.
of God’s love
Walter. 1994. Galatians. IVP New
Testament Commentary Series. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.