Galatians 2:10

Lemmons LinesREMEMBER THE POOR (Galatians 2:10)

by David Lemmons

There are three main sections of chapter two of Galatians: (1) Paul’s Defense of his Apostleship–2:1-9; (2) Paul Openly Rebukes Peter–2:11-14; and (3) The Contrast of Two Systems: Freed from Law and Justified By Faith–2:15-21.  In between the first two of these divisions verse 10 (which is really a part of Paul’s defense of his apostleship), is presented as an important challenge to all Christians.  We are to REMEMBER THE POOR!

REMEMBER THE POOR!  Paul wrote, in Galatians 2:9-10–“And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.  10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.” Paul was pointing out that the “PILLARS” at Jerusalem did not add one thing to the message which he and Barnabas were preaching.
His argument was that his message came to him from Jesus Christ, and not from any other.  But along with the emphasis given to the divine origin of Paul’s message, and as a part of it, was the charge to REMEMBER THE POOR.

REMEMBER THE POOR!  The POOR in this context would have been the poor saints of Judea.  It was not necessary for Paul to be instructed in the importance of such a charge for a number of reasons.  First of all, as we will notice shortly, the Old Testament scriptures [with which Paul was intimately familiar] are filled with references to such a duty.  Many provisions are made in the word of God for the care of the poor.  But not only so, Paul knew about the monumental task of bringing Jew and Gentile together in Christ, considering the enmity which had long characterized their interactions.  Paul knew that collecting funds from the Gentiles to assist the poor saints of Judea (Jews), would be most helpful in uniting the two as the gospel message demanded (Gal 3:28).  We will want to come back to this point as we conclude this article.

REMEMBER THE POOR!  Let’s notice some of what the Lord has revealed to us about remembering the poor.  It is stated that God regards the poor equally with the rich (Job 34:19).  The fact is that both poor and rich are the product of His hands.  Most people, if honest, will have to acknowledge that the rich are given more attention and respect than the poor.  God’s word recognizes that such can even be a problem as we assemble for worship (James 2:1-8).  These kinds of discrimination are not well pleasing to the Lord, nor are they Christ-like.

REMEMBER THE POOR!  Why?  Because God does not forget the poor (Ps 9:18).
Even if every single one of us forgets the poor and ignores this exhortation of Galatians 2:10, the poor will not be forgotten.  Can we not see that one of the purposes of God’s word is His revelation of Himself to us.  How thankful must we be to have such a written revelation which guides us to know what pleases and displeases our God!  If we are to be pleasing to God, we must notice, pay attention to, the things that are characteristic of God.  We are like God whenever we remember the poor.

REMEMBER THE POOR!  Why?  Because God maintains the right of the poor (Ps 140:12).  For you or me to go up against the poor by disrespecting them or in some way abusing them, is for us to go up against the One Who maintains their right.  Shall we find ourselves fighting against God?

REMEMBER THE POOR!  Why?  Because God delivers the poor (Job 36:15; Ps 35:10).  Would we yield ourselves to be used by the Lord for the noble purpose of delivering the poor?  Likely we all can look around us and find both those in relation to whom we find ourselves to be rich and poor in the world’s standard of measuring such.  How important is it to be understanding and compassionate and teamed with God in helping to relieve those less fortunate then we?  Really, how important is it to ME?  When occasion arises that we can be used to help in delivering the poor, do we seize upon them, or let them pass?  Further, do we search out such opportunities?

REMEMBER THE POOR!  Why?  Because God exalts the poor (1 Sam 2:8; Ps 107:41).  In Hannah’s beautiful prayer to the Lord, she exalts Him with marvelous praise by drawing a strong contrast between the supposed mighty men and the Almighty God of heaven, who lifts the poor from the dunghill and exalts them as princes.  Should we have concern for the poor?  God does and it matters not what we have in this world’s goods, we owe it all to God (Js 1:17).

Now, let’s think back to one of the reasons Paul would have had no problem with the exhortation to remember the poor.  He knew the expression of concern and caring would have an impact on the uniting of Jew and Gentile.  Does it not make perfectly good since that we might use the same reasoning today?  You see, the sins of men have separated them from God (Isa 59:1-2).  They have a need of hearing the saving message of the gospel, and then obeying that message.  How do we get their ears?  How do we help them to listen to the message?  One powerful way is to REMEMBER THE POOR!  A powerful aid in our efforts to evangelize will be remembering the poor.  In doing so, we align ourselves with a caring and loving God who has always REMEMBERED THE POOR!

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A FALSE View of Truth

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A FALSE VIEW OF TRUTH: “That It Can Change”

by David Lemmons

Paul wrote in Galatians 1:8–“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” This letter of Paul was addressed to the churches of the region of Galatia.  The people of this region were mainly Gauls (French).  We can better understand what Paul has written in this section if we consider something of the character of these Christians.

Julius Caesar said about these people: “THE INFIRMITY OF THE GAULS IS THAT THEY ARE FICKLE IN THEIR RESOLVES AND FOND OF CHANGE, AND NOT TO BE TRUSTED.” There are other quotes from other sources which recognize this general trait or characteristic which had been observed historically.  It seems to be generally true that this was an identifiable trait of this group of people in that period of time.  This relates to the statement of Paul in verse six that he MARVELED that they were so soon removed from the teaching he had done while in their midst.  The fickleness, or the idea of being fond of change, may help to explain why they had so quickly been drawn away from Paul’s true teaching to another gospel.

The Galatian people had accepted Paul and had received the commands and instructions which he presented to them from the Lord.  They had done so with confidence at first.  An indication of this is seen in Galatians 4:14-15–“And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.  15 Where is then the blessedness ye spake of?  for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.” They were so receptive when Paul was among them that they seemed to him to be willing to sacrifice to a very large degree in order to be helpful to him, who had taught them the truth.

The sad thing is, and the thing which made Paul marvel, is that when the Judaizing teachers had come to them with a perverted and valueless substitute for the gospel, requiring them to be circumcised, they also received that perverted gospel.  Paul therefore writes this letter in order to overcome the influence of these false teachers and to establish his apostleship.  Paul very plainly and forcefully states that NO ONE has the authority to preach any gospel other than that which has been revealed.

In verse eight Paul writes: “But though we, or an angel from heaven…”  Paul here supposes an impossibility in order to make his point to these brethren.  Paul uses the word angel to make a very strong point that it matters not WHO it is that preaches a perverted gospel.  This very concise statement will include all men, even Paul himself.

He continues: “…should preach any other gospel unto you…” That would specifically be any gospel not dependent upon the grace of God.  Those Judaizing teachers tried to make salvation dependent upon the fleshly covenant of circumcision.  Others may make different changes, but none of the changed gospels is to be accepted.  At the beginning, near the middle, and at the ending of God’s written revelation to man, He makes clear that no additions nor subtractions are to be allowed (Deut 4:2; Prov 30:6; Rev 22:18-19).  Jude 3 makes plain that the gospel has now been once and for all delivered.

And Paul continues by writing: “…than that which we preached unto you…” Paul preached the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor 15:1-5).  He preached belief in and confession of Christ (Rom 10:9-10).  He preached repentance from sin (Acts 17:30).  Paul preached baptism INTO Christ (Gal 3:27).  He preached that submission to the gospel of Christ makes a “new creature” (2 Cor 5:17).  The gospel Paul preached was a distinctive one and a universal one that could be understood easily!

Paul wrote for that one who makes changes in the gospel he preached: “…let him be anathema…” Paul devotes any who would pervert the gospel of Christ to destruction.  Consider some of the many passages from God’ s revelation about the utterly repulsive nature of false teaching (Jer 23:2; 50:6; Titus 1:10-11; Rom 16:17-18; 2 Jn 9-11; Mt 7:22-23).  Paul uses a very strong term in this verse to indicate the greatest possible abhorrence of any attempt to pervert the gospel of Christ.  Any person who would be a teacher of God’s word certainly ought to have this passage before him constantly.

There is BUT ONE GOSPEL.  It is not possible to preach a changed gospel and still be pleasing to God.  We need to understand clearly that a solemn and serious responsibility rests upon the shoulders of all who would teach the word of God (James 3:1).

Brethren, today there is great pressure to change with the changing times.  There are very many people who are quite willing to listen to perverted messages.  Let us be the ones who shun all such perverted gospels.  Let us be the ones who are in opposition to these twisted messages, rather than being the ones to praise and give thanks for them.  Paul’s warning to his Galatian brethren in the first century is indeed one that deserves another hearing TODAY!  Let us hear it well.

Genesis 29

Chapter StudiesGenesis TWENTY-NINE

by David Lemmons

As God had promised (Genesis 28:15), Jacob was brought safely to the place where he could meet his future wife.  He gallantly introduces himself to Rachel as he takes care of the sheep she was minding for her father.  He receives a warm greeting from his uncle, Laban and others of the family.  A deal is struck between Laban and Jacob.  Jacob will receive Rachel as his wife if he will work for Laban for seven years.  However, when the time passes (and the seven years seemed like a few days to Jacob), Laban pulls a dirty trick on Jacob and substitutes the older daughter, Leah, for Rachel.  In his feeble explanation, Laban pleads that the younger daughter must not be married before the elder in their society.  Jacob received Rachel also upon agreeing to work another seven years.  When the Lord saw (and perhaps Leah prayed to Him about the matter, v. 33) that Leah was loved less than Rachel, he blessed Leah with four sons.

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Acts 20


Acts TWENTY

by David Lemmons

We must keep in mind as we read this chapter that Paul has a goal of making it to Jerusalem with the contribution for the poor saints of Judaea by Pentecost. We read about his visit to Troas and have apostolic example (v. 7) for observing the Lord’s Supper each first day of the week. We read of the miraculous raising of Eutychus during that assembly in Troas. Paul determines to meet with the Ephesian elders but calls them to Miletus for the meeting. He speaks to them of how he worked with them in Ephesus and he charges them to accept their responsibilities as elders and warns them about departures from the faith due to attacks from without and from within. There is a very emotional departure because all know that it will likely be the last time they see Paul.

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Volume 1, #4

THEME: “The Church in the New Testament.”

  • 00… “The Church—How Its Unity is Both Attained and Maintained,” by Thomas B. Warren. What Solution Does God’s Word Give Us?; This Unity is Attained by the New Birth;
    This Unity Maintained by “Walking in the Light.”
  • 01… “What is the Church?,” by Guy N. Woods. What is the Church?; What is the Church in Its Practical Aspects?; What Then, is the Church?
  • 05… “The Church is Undenominational,” by Thomas B. Warren. What is Unity?; What Are the Causes of this Situation?; Is This Situation Acceptable to God?; Division is Condemned; Unity is Upheld.
  • 08… “The Church is the Saved,” by Roy Deaver. Christ is the Saviour; Salvation is in Him; The Saved Are in the Body; The Saved are in the Church.
  • 11… “The Church is the Blood Purchased,” by Elvis H. Huffard. Blood in the Scheme of Redemption; The Individual is Bought with a Price; The Church Purchased by the Blood; Implications.
  • 14… “The Body of Christ,” by Reeder Oldham. The Body and the Church; The Body and Christ; The Body and Baptism; The Body and Its Members.
  • 18… “The Church of Christ—the Kingdom of the King of Kings,” by E.R. Harper. The Time Table of Prophecy; Their Fulfillment; Time Equation; Christ, the Branch, The King; The Punch Line; His Priesthood; Pinpointing the Time; A Great Argument; The Time Equation Kills; Conclusions—The Prophecies Fulfilled; The Church and Kingdom Relationship.
  • 22… “The Church is the Family of God,” by W. Joe Hacker, Jr.
  • 26… “The Church is Called Out,” by Danny F. Cottrell. Definition; Called Out by Whom?; Called Out of What?; Called Out for What?
  • 28… “The Church is the Fulness of Christ,” by Foster L. Ramsey, Sr.
  • 31… “The Church is the Pillar and the Ground of Truth,” by Andrew M. Connally. 1 Timothy 3:14-15. Jesus Christ Our Completeness; The Christian Complete in Christ; The Church—the Fulness of Christ; Jesus Christ—The Source.
  • 34… “You Can Be a Member of the Church,” by Rubel Shelly. Entrance Desired; Present Attitudes toward the Church; How is the Church Entered?; The New Birth (John 3:3-5); Two Other Important Passages (1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:26-27).
  • 39… “The Church is the Bride of Christ,” James D. Bales. Christ Created the Bride; Christ’s Authority Over the Church; Bride Can Be Deceived; Christ’s Love for the Church; Our Relationship to One Another; Christ is the Saviour of the Church; Christ’s Goal for His Church.
  • 42… “Restoring the New Testament Church,” Rubel Shelly. Is the Plea for Restoration Valid?; Restoring the Plan of Salvation; Restoring the Worship; Restoring the Organization.
  • 48… “Binding by Implication,” by Robert Camp. The Initial Mistake; A Good Example; A Terrible Alternative; An Arbitrary Decision; Summation.

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Volume 1, #3

THEME: “Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”

  • 00… “Jesus Christ—The Son of God,” by Thomas B. Warren. The Basic Argument; Are the Premises True?
  • 01… “The Pre-Existence and Birth of Jesus,” by Wayne Jackson.
  • 04… “The Perfect Character of Christ,” by R.C. Oliver. Whence Came These Books?; The Perfect Character within the Books; Whence Came this Perfect Character? Seven Laws of Myths.
  • 08… “Jesus—the Incomparable Teacher,” by Thomas B. Warren. Jesus Was the Incomparable Teacher—12 Points.
  • 12… “Jesus As a Miracle Worker,” by Gus Nichols. Was a Miracle Worker; Were Miracles of Blessing; Were to Prove His Claims; What Are Miracles?; Are Miracles Greater?; God is Able to Work Miracles; Jesus Claimed Such Power; A Catalogue of Jesus’ Miracles.
  • 16… “Jesus—Saviour and Friend,” by Eugene W. Clevenger. The Meaning of Salvation; The Claims of Scripture; Our Greatest Friend.
  • 19… “Prophecy Fulfilled in the Life of Jesus Christ,” By James D. Bales. The Promise; Prophet Like Unto Moses (Deuteronomy 34:10-12; Acts 3:22-23); A Heavenly King (Psalms 110:14); An Eternal Kingdom (Daniel 2:31-45); A New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34); Redemption through His Death (Isaiah 53); A Promise to You (Matthew 5:3, 6; Luke 8:11-15; John 7:17).
  • 24… “Jesus Christ—God’s Supreme Gift to Man,” by Neil R. Lightfoot. The Greatest Passage of All (John 3:16-21); The Greatest Gift of All; The Greatest Love of All; The Greatest Purpose of All.
  • 26… “Jesus—Prophet, Priest, King, and Head,” by B.J. Naylor. Jesus as Prophet; Jesus as Priest; Jesus as King; Jesus as Head.
  • 30… “Jesus Really Lived and Died,” by Raymond Muncy.
  • 33… “The Resurrection of Jesus,” by Basil Overton. General Concessions; The Swoon Theory; The Spiritualistic Theory; The Vision Theory; Did the Apostles Steal the Body?
  • 38… “Jesus Christ—His Mission, Authority, Message, and Commission,” by Roy Deaver. Why Jesus Came into the World; The Authority He Claimed; His Message for Men; The Details of the Great Commission; The Implications of the Commission.
  • 41… “Jesus Christ—His Second Coming and Judgment,” by Alan E. Highers. The Fact of His Coming; The Time of His Coming; The Hope of His Coming; The Great Day of Judgment.
  • 45… “If Ye Love Me…,” by Rubel Shelly. Jesus Christ: the Object of Our Faith; Jesus Christ: the Object of Our Love; The Test of Faith and Love; Commands to Be Obeyed; Blessings of Obedience.

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THEME: “The Inspiration of the Bible.”

  • 01… “The Bible is Inspired and Authoritative—Our Basic Argument,” by Thomas B. Warren. The Most Fundamental Problem; Another Fundamental Problem; Has God Revealed Himself?; The Matter of “Authority” is Crucial; The Basic Argument; How Decide?; The Articles in this Issue.
  • 04… “What the Bible Claims for Itself,” by William Woodson. The Claims of the Bible; Application to Problem Areas.
  • 05… “Inspiration—It’s Meaning,” by Roy Deaver. Promise and Fulfillment; God and Authority; The Son and Authority; The Apostles and Authority; The Gift of Prophecy; Pertinent Passages (1 Corinthians 2:9-13; Ephesians 3:1-5).
  • 11… “The Unity of the Bible,” by Roy Deaver. Unity in Theme and Purpose; Unity in Books; Unity in Presentation.
  • 14… “The Influence of the Bible on Culture,” by H.A. (Buster) Dobbs.
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  • 18… “The Circulation, Translation, and Survival of the Bible,” by Clyde M. Woods. The Bible Has Survived; The Bible is Widely Circulated.
  • 21… “The Bible Meets Man’s Needs,” by Max Leach.
  • 23… “The Bible Deals with Profound Themes,” by Cecil N. Wright. God; World; Man; Salvation; Evil; Eschatology; Pure, Holy, Good.
  • 26… “The Bible and Archeology,” by Jack P. Lewis. Shishak; Moabite Stone; Sargon; Sennacherib; Fall of Jerusalem.
  • 28… “Treatment of Miracles in the Bible,” by Hugo McCord.
  • 29… “Biblical Prophecy as an Evidence of Inspiration,” by Rubel Shelly. Prophecy Defined; Characteristics of Biblical Prophecy; Examples of Fulfilled Prophecy; Detailed Prophecies about Christ.
  • 32… “The Bible View of God,” by Andrew M. Connally. Evidences of God’s Existence; The Characteristics of God—His Nature; The Omniscience or Wisdom of God; The Omnipresence of God; God’s Will.
  • 35… “The Presentation of Christ in the Bible,” by E. Claude Gardner. The Pre-existence; His Mission; His Perfection; His Human and Divine Characteristics; His Death; His Resurrection; His Authority.
  • 38… “The Bible View of the World,” by Eugene W. Clevenger. The Origin of the World; The Purpose of the World; The Destiny of the World; The Superiority of this View.
  • 40… “The Bible and the Origin of Man,” by Robert Camp.
  • 42… “The Bible and the Mind of Man,” by James D. Bales. Christianity Does Not Fetter Thought; Unbelief Fetters Thought.
  • 45… “The Ethical Standard in the Bible,” by Harold Hazelip. Its Absolute Nature; Its Universal Nature; Its Unchanging Nature.
  • 47… “Some Relationships of the Bible and Science,” by Virgil R. Trout. The Construction of a Positive View.
  • 50… “How the Bible Deals with History,” by Earl West.
  • 52… “The Importance of the Scriptures,” by Rubel Shelly. The Narrow Choice; Sure Foundation for Our Faith; Basis for Religious Unity; The Bible’s Claims Upon Us; Bibliolatry.
  • 55… “The Bible is the Infallibly Inspired Word of God,” by Gus Nichols. The Book of Nature; Greatest Miracle in the Whole Universe; Can the Bible be a Witness in Its Own Defense?; Internal Evidences of Inspiration and Divinity; The Bible Was Written to Witnesses; Witnesses of the New; Unity of the Scriptures.
  • 58… “The Inspiration of the Bible,” by B.C. Goodpasture.

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