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Justification by Faith
Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21 Commentary
by Frank L. Crouch
This week’s text stands for many as a pivotal part of the gospel.
Many could set their hermeneutical capabilities on autopilot and churn out a whole series on these verses. Possible topics abound: conversion, call, faith versus works, grace versus works righteousness, Paul versus Peter, justification, salvation, life in Christ, the limitations of “the flesh,” atonement, and so on. With so much commentary readily available, it seems, perhaps, most helpful to comment on just two areas: Paul’s description of key moments in his own life of faith and his description of the interplay (not opposition) between faith and works.
Paul’s description of key moments in his own life of faith
First, Paul’s reflections on his life offer a counterexample to a common view of “zeal” or “passion.” Perhaps you’ve heard, “Well, I don’t agree with him, but at least he’s committed to what he believes,” or “I think her beliefs are wrong, but she’s passionate about her faith; I’ll ...
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Narrative Lectionary 083: Justification by Faith
May 05, 2013
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Mary Shore, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. The readings for Sixth Sunday of Easter are Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21; and Luke 18:9-14.