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November 15 - Morning

"We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 
know that a person is not justified by the works of
the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too,
have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works
of the law, because by the works of the law
no one will be justified.

- Galatians 2:15-16

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Justified by Faith Not by Works


When some Jews from Jerusalem came to infiltrate the church of Antioch where Paul, Barnabas and Peter where teaching, they began to teach that the Gentile believers had to observe the Law of Moses (rituals, regulations and codes) to be justified before God and to have full salvation. This was contrary to the teaching that the work of Jesus on the cross was the means of attaining right standing with God. Peter, Barnabas and Paul all taught and believed in justification by faith, but when these Judaizers began to move through the Antioch church they criticized Paul’s doctrine until many believers were pulled over to the Judaizer’s position of trusting in works of obedience to the Law for salvation. In fact, Peter and Barnabas even sided with the infiltrating Jews against Paul and his doctrine of salvation by faith. Paul rebuked Peter in front of the church and had to rescue Barnabas from having been led astray by the imitation gospel presented by the Judaizers in the Antioch church:

“When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.” – Galatians 2:11-13

Paul quotes from his rebuke of Peter and Barnabas and the other misled Jews in Galatians chapter 2. Paul tells them even we who grew up as Jews know that we cannot attain justification through the Law. Simply put, if the Law was adequate for salvation and for justification before God, then why did Christ have to come, suffer and die?

“We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. …because by the works of the law no one will be justified” – Galatians 2:15-16

Paul’s words in Galatians 2:15-16 agree with Romans 3:20:

“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

  Christian Quote from Church History

""There is within every soul
a thirst for happiness
and meaning." 
- Thomas Aquinas



Something to Ponder??

In 1054 Michael Cerularius, the Patriarch of Constantinople condemned the Wet for using unleavened bread in the Eucharist. Pope Leo IX sent Cardinal Humbert to end the dispute. During discussion the differences widened between the church in Rome and the church in Constantinople. On July 16, 1054, Cardinal Humbert excommunicated the East. Not to be outdone the patriarch anathematized the Pope of Rome and his followers. This formed two churches: Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic

On December 7, 1965 the mutual excommuication was removed by Pope Paul VI and Athenagoras.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Rapha (Hb) - Heal (Eng) - the Hebrew word rapha means "to heal," "to make healthy."
It is used to refer to water "becoming fresh," and is translated "repaired" two times.

In 1961 an inscription with Pilate's name was found in Caesarea. (more here)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I trust my works and religious deeds for my justifcation before God?
Am I hoping that God will accept me because of the few token gestures of obedience I offer him?
I will no longer trust my own work for salvation, but will trust in Jesus'
work on the cross because it is this that gave me right standing before God.
  "The way of the sluggard is blocked with throwns,
but the path of the
upright is a highway."
Proverbs 15:19
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Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Luke 19 Romans 11 Luke 24
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Greater desire to
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
A view from on top the Petra Hotel of Hezekiah's Pool located in the Christian Quarter in Jerusalem which was outside the north wall of Old Testament and New Testament Jerusalem until 41 AD. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is to the top left and marks the site of Jesus crucifixion with the small grey dome with a cross on top. The site of Jesus' burial and resurrection is under the large grey dome. The Dome of the Rock on the Jewish Temple Mount is to the far right at the top of this photo. (click on image for larger size) Robinson's Arch on the southwest corner of the Temple Mount. Labeled in a photo of a model.
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