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Welcome to “Our Bible Study Notes”. Every Friday night, during our parents’ online Church service with the Vietnamese Church, we (Grace Christian Huynh and Jay Christian Huynh) have a Bible study on the same verses that our parents cover in their sermon. Usually, we study the Bible together weekly, but we also study the Bible daily on our own, ready to learn something new every time we read. Now, our family thought it was a good idea to start posting our study notes on our website to share with you! Continue reading

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Galatians 2:11-14

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Grace Christian Huynh

11 But when Peter came to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed.

Regrettably, there was a conflict between the apostles Paul and Peter. To “withstood him to his face” means that Paul expressed his opposition to Peter’s behavior. What Peter did will be discussed in the next verses, but make no mistake that it is Paul’s obligation to correct his brother if the brother did any wrongdoing. In fact, we, too, are encouraged to do as Paul did if we knew that one of our brothers or sisters in Christ was in the wrong according to Matthew 18:15. If that person listens and corrects himself or herself, we have gained back a brother or sister, but if not, then we have lost a brother or sister. To correct other Christians is to help them, not to embarrass or to turn against them. Paul was cut and dry about what he had to say to Peter. He did what he had to do in order to save Peter and the Church from further wrongdoing. Continue reading

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Galatians 2:1-10

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Grace Christian Huynh

1 “Then fourteen years later I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.”

2 “And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that Gospel which I preach among the gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.”

Fourteen years after Paul’s first meeting with Peter, he, Barnabas, and Titus went to Jerusalem. The reason why they went to Jerusalem was because they wanted to address the topic of circumcision with the Church there. Judeans from Jerusalem previously taught the churches in Galatia that circumcision was a necessary component to salvation. Only the circumcised could be saved. However, Paul knew the truth: circumcision was not necessary in order to be saved. Therefore, Paul and Barnabas felt it critical to go to Jerusalem in order to dispel the inaccuracies taught by the Judeans or at least clarify the true Gospel. Continue reading

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Galatians 1:13-24

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13 For ye have heard of my participation in times past in the Jews’ religion, how I persecuted the Church of God beyond measure and wasted it.

14 I profited in the Jews’ religion beyond many of my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

Paul used to follow the traditional laws of Judaism which he referred to as the traditions of his fathers. This syntax implies that these laws he used to follow were laws of men, not laws of God. Paul reminded the Galatians of his large role of persecuting the Christians, the true followers of Christ. He was so effective at carrying out this large scale massacre that he was at a level of high respect among his colleagues. Continue reading

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Galatians 1:1-12

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Grace Christian Huynh

1 Paul, an apostle (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead),

2 and all the brethren who are with me, Unto the Churches of Galatia:

3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father,

5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Paul introduces himself in the letter that he is not writing his letter to the Galatians on the account of man, but as a servant of God, giving the Galatians a good understanding about the topic of the letter.

Paul referred to himself as an apostle of Christ, not of men. This means that his agenda is purely that of Christ, not tainted by the agenda of men. Additionally, he was chosen by Christ to spread the Gospel. Continue reading

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Galatians 4:1-11

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Grace Christian Huynh

1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;

Contrasting heirs with slaves: heirs have more liberties, rights, and ownership while a slave owns almost nothing, not even himself, and has not many liberties. When an heir is a child, what he is supposed to own is not his. Like a slave, he owns nothing and must be told what to do and how to do things because he lacks understanding to control his future assets. Continue reading

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Galatians 3:15-29

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Grace Christian Huynh

15 “Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.”

Paul uses a human illustration, such as the model of how seriously we take our human oaths, in order to explain Godly principles, ideas, and character. In this instance, Paul uses a human illustration to point out how human covenants, once they are ratified, cannot be thrown out. Using human illustrations are useful for people who are not familiar with Godly concepts. Continue reading

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Galatians 3:1-14

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1 “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?”

Paul spoke to the Galatians who forgot what they should be very sure of which is the death and salvation of Jesus Christ. Foolish is an important word in this passage. Fools are people who are deceived and do not know they are being deceived. Their foolishness is exemplified when the redeeming crucifixion of Jesus Christ was evident to them. Continue reading

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