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One in Christ
Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29 Commentary
by Mary Hinkle Shore
The Galatians did not actually see Jesus being crucified.
The first verse of this reading must mean that the preaching the Galatians first heard vividly described the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion. So why is the vivid description of Christ’s death an argument for the truth of the gospel Paul preached? The answer has to do with Jewish apocalyptic expectations, expectations that Paul saw fulfilled in the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Christ Crucified and Risen
Like other Jews of his time, Paul believed that a general resurrection of the righteous would be a feature of the End, that time when God vindicated the righteous and punished the wicked. The public exhibition of Christ as crucified made it crystal clear to the Galatians that Jesus Christ was “really most sincerely dead.” And the activity of the Spirit of God’s Son (see Galatians 4:6) among the Galatians, responsible for miracles in their midst (3:5), confirmed Christ’s new life. “Christ is risen indeed!” Christ’s resurrection signaled ...
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May 28, 2017
This podcast on Galatians 3:1-9; 23-29, the Narrative Lectionary reading for May 28, 2017, features Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Matt Skinner. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.