Galatians II:14-21, Questions for Students (Tuesday June 26, 2012 – Saturday June 30, 2012)

Galatians 2:14-21

Fourth Week

Tuesday

June 26, 2012

 (Gal 2:14 ESV) 14 But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

17. Was it proper for Paul to confront Peter in front of the others in the circumcised party?

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18. Paul points out Peter’s hypocrisy in dividing over on issue (circumcision) but not others. Why do you suppose the circumcision party only condemned Peter over circumcision and not all Jewish commands?

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Wednesday

June 27 2012

(Gal 2:15-16 NET) 15 We are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners, 16yet we know that no one is justified by the works of the law but by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by the faithfulness of Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.

19. Paul now shifts from defending his authority as an apostle to a presentation of the gospel. Why does he call Gentiles “sinners”? Didn’t the Jews sin, too?

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20. “Faithfulness of Jesus Christ” is a controversial translation, but supported by recent scholarship (and hence is reflected in the NET Bible translation). How does the faithfulness of Jesus save us?

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21. Why is it true that “by the works of the law no one will be justified”?

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22. What are “works of the law”?

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23. What does it mean to “believe in Christ Jesus”?

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Thursday

June 28 2012

(Gal 2:17 NET) 17 But if while seeking to be justified in Christ we ourselves have also been found to be sinners, is Christ then one who encourages sin? Absolutely not!

24. Why might someone imagine that salvation by the faithfulness of Jesus, reached by faith in Jesus, might encourage sin?

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25. Does it really? Why or why not?

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Friday

June 29, 2012

(Gal 2:18-19 NET) 18 But if I build up again those things I once destroyed, I demonstrate that I am one who breaks God’s law. 19 For through the law I died to the law so that I may live to God.

26. When we were converted, how did we “destroy” sin in our lives?

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27. When we were converted, how did we die to the law?

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28. When we were converted, what happened to cause us to live to God?

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29. Since all Christians sin, why is it a big deal to say “I am one who breaks God’s law”? Most translations say “make myself a transgressor.” Paul uses the same language in Rom 2:25-27 (“break the law” in some translations. Also compare James 2:9-11.).

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30. What does Paul mean by “live for God”?

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Saturday

June 30, 2012

(Gal 2:20 NET) 20 I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

31. What does it mean to be “crucified with Christ”?

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32. Is Paul speaking just of forgiveness or something else?

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33. What does he mean by “Christ lives in me”? How does that happen? Is it a figure of speech or some kind of changed reality?

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34. Why would the faithfulness of Jesus motivate a Christian to live a different kind of life?

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(Gal 2:21 NET) 21 I do not set aside God’s grace, because if righteousness could come through the law, then Christ died for nothing!

35. What is “God’s grace”?

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36. What is “righteousness” in this context? (Gal 3:6)

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37. Why couldn’t righteousness come through the Law of Moses?

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