Chapter Two, Lesson Three
ADVOCATING CHRIST Page
** Even though we are indeed justified by faith in Jesus Christ, what
else is also true of us?
"...we ourselves have also been found sinners..."
Jesus made it very clear that He came to save the lost and not those
who had declared themselves as righteous by their religious works. (Matthew
** What rhetorical question does Paul put forth to represent the argument
of the Judaizers?
"...is Christ then a minister of sin?" The legalistic Judaizers
were saying that salvation by faith in Jesus Christ alone was too easy
and made Christ a participant in the sin of those He was "saving",
because the gospel was ignoring the Law and, as alleged by them, did
not call for obedience.
** Did Paul think there was any truth to that question or to the accusations
of the Judaizers?
No way! "May it never be" [Me genoito] is the strongest idiom
of repudiation in New Testament Greek. "It carries the sense of
outrage that an idea of this kind could ever be thought as true."
[John MacArthur - Romans 6:1]
** Did Jesus Christ call for obedience from those He came to save?
Absolutely! (cf. John 15:14, Matthew 12:50, 28:20)
V.18 ** What does Paul mean by saying "...if I rebuild what
I have once destroyed..."
He is talking about the error of returning to a fleshy effort to establish
his own righteousness by keeping the Law. In addition, he is amazed
that the Galatians would even consider such a tragically hopeless response
to the gospel. (cf. Galatians 3:2-3)
** Do you remember how Paul felt about the value of his legalistic past,
when compared to life in Christ?
He thought it was rubbish! All see - Philippians 3:1-8
"More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the
surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord..." (V.8)
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