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Made Without Hands

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Jesus is the true Sanctuary of God that was foreshadowed in the ancient religious structures and worship rituals of the nation of Israel. He is the place where God’s presence and glory are found and the final High Priest who now mediates between Heaven and Earth for his people. The man from Nazareth is the real Tabernacle where Yahweh dwells and he was the Temple “ MADE-WITHOUT-HANDS ” destroyed by evil men but restored when God raised him from the dead.

Fullness of Time

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In his Letter to the Galatians , Paul argues that adopting the rite of circumcision would constitute regression to something rudimentary, a reversion to an earlier stage in the redemptive history of God’s people. If Gentiles adopted a Torah -compliant lifestyle, they would return to bondage and once more experience the social divisions inherent in the Law. They would forsake the great and many benefits they had acquired through the “ faith of Jesus .”

Light and Life

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Jesus is the only true Light in the World that shines all the brighter in the darkness, and his light means life for the World .  According to the Apostle John, “ life ” is found in the “ Word ” or “ Logos ,” and that life is the “ Light of men .” At present, it is “ shining in the darkness ,” and the darkness “ cannot seize ” or suppress it. This same “ Word ” has become the living word in Jesus of Nazareth. In him, the glory and life of God are fully manifested.

Rebuilding Walls

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The final paragraph of Chapter 3 in his Letter to the Galatians is pivotal to Paul’s argument. It stresses the oneness of God’s people. In the covenant community, the old social divisions that existed under the Mosaic legislation are inappropriate since the promised “ Seed of Abraham ” has arrived, namely, Jesus of Nazareth. In the covenant community, “ there can be neither Jew nor Greek .”

Day of Jesus Christ

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Jesus will arrive on the Day of the Lord when the dead are raised, the wicked are judged, and death will cease forevermore . The coming of Jesus is not a major topic in Paul's two surviving letters to the Corinthians as it is in his Thessalonian correspondence, but he does touch on several aspects of that event, including its identification with the “ Day of the Lord ,” the consummation of God’s kingdom, the resurrection, the judgment, and the cessation of death.