weak and beggarly elements, Gal. 4:9

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  1. wopik

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    My understanding of Galatians 4:9 is that Paul is not talking to Jews here, but Gentiles. The Jews knew God; they might not have always obeyed Him, but they knew Him. Paul says these people in Gal. 4:9 never knew God: "....when you knew NOT God, you did service to them which by nature are not gods. BUT NOW, after you have known God, how turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements...."

    These people in Galatia were the same ones who thought Paul and Barnabas were the gods Mercury and Jupiter in Acts 14. These were the pagan Gentiles in Iconium, Lystra and Derbe -- Galatians.

    God help us find the way.

    http://www.christianpreaching.com/rondart/dartepistles.htm
     
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    Did anyone on this board say that Paul was talking to Jews ? Of course he was talking (writing, if you will) to Gentiles, the Galatian church being a Gentile church, with whom Peter was fellowshipping and breaking bread, until "... certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. "
     
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    fearing them which were of the circumcision

    there is nothing wrong with circumcision, it is still performed today. Circumcision never saved anyone --- quite obvious.
     
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    True, but check out what Paul said about those who would FORCE circumcision (Galatians 5v12).

    Don't just trust the AV translation here. Folks in 1611 may have understood what Paul meant, but check out the word "cut off."

    Paul would not compel Titus to be circumcised so in the case of the Galatians circumcision was a serious issue.
     

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