Galatians

Epistle of Paul to the Galatians

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  • Christianity & Liberalism (J. Gresham Machen), “Salvation” p148
    • “In this way the whole achievement of the Reformation has been given up, and there has been a return to the religion of the Middle Ages. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, God raised up a man who began to read the Epistle to the Galatians with his own eyes. The result was the rediscovery of the doctrine of justification by faith. Upon that rediscovery has been based the whole of our evangelical freedom. As expounded by Luther and Calvin the Epistle to the Galatians became the “Magna Charta of Christian liberty.”

Chapter 1

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  • Christianity & Liberalism (J. Gresham Machen), “Christ” p99
    • “The conception of Jesus as a supernatural Person runs all through the New Testament. In the Epistles of Paul, of course, it is quite clear. Without the slightest doubt Paul separated Jesus from ordinary humanity and placed Him on the side of God. The words in Gal. 1:1…are only typical of what appears everywhere in the Epistles. The same contrast between Jesus Christ and ordinary humanity is everywhere presupposed.”

 

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  • Christianity & Liberalism (J. Gresham Machen), “Doctrine” p22
    • “But the tolerance of Paul was not indiscriminate. He displayed no tolerance, for example, in Galatia. There, too, there were rival preachers. But Paul had no tolerance for them…What is the reason for the difference in the apostle’s attitude in the two cases? What is the reason for the broad tolerance in Rome, and the fierce anathemas in Galatia? The answer is perfectly plain. In Rome, Paul was tolerant, because there the content of the message that was being proclaimed by the rival teachers was true; in Galatia he was intolerant, because there the content of the rival message was false.”

Chapter 2

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  • Christianity & Liberalism (J. Gresham Machen), “Christ” p86
    • “Evidently in making Jesus the object of religious faith–the thing that was the heart and soul of Paul’s religion–Paul was in no disagreement with those who had been apostles before him. Had there been such disagreement, the “right hand of fellowship,” which the pillars of the Jerusalem Church gave to Paul, would have been impossible. The facts are really too plain. The whole of early Christian history is a hopeless riddle unless the Jerusalem Church, as well as Paul, made Jesus the object of religious faith. Primitive Christianity certainly did not consist in the mere imitation of Jesus.”

 

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  • Christianity & Liberalism (J. Gresham Machen), “Salvation” p143

    • “Many are the passages and many are the ways in which the central doctrine of the new birth is taught in the Word of God. One of the most stupendous passages is Gal. 2:20…That passage was called by Bengel the marrow of Christianity. And it was rightly so called. It refers to the objective basis of Christianity in the redeeming work of Christ, and it contains also the supernaturalism of Christian experience.”

Chapter 5

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  •   Christianity & Liberalism (J. Gresham Machen), “Salvation” p150
    • “In principle the Christian is already free from the present evil world, but in practice freedom must still be attained. Thus the Christian life is not a life of idleness, but a battle. That is what Paul means when he speaks of faith working through love. The faith that he makes the means of salvation is not an idle faith, like the faith which is condemned in the Epistle of James, but a faith that works.”