And spiritual songs!
And make melody
To the Lord
In your heart!”
λαλοῦντες ἑαυτοῖς ψαλμοῖς καὶ ὕμνοις καὶ ᾠδαῖς πνευματικαῖς, ᾄδοντες καὶ ψάλλοντες τῇ καρδίᾳ ὑμῶν τῷ Κυρίῳ,
Paul said, “Sing or say (λαλοῦντες) these psalms (ἑαυτοῖς ψαλμοῖς), hymns (καὶ ὕμνοις), and spiritual songs (καὶ ᾠδαῖς πνευματικαῖς)! Sing (ᾄδοντες) and make melody (καὶ ψάλλοντες) to the Lord (τῷ Κυρίῳ) in your heart (τῇ καρδίᾳ ὑμῶν)!” Only the Pauline letters used this word ὕμνοις, that means a hymn, sacred song, or song of praise to God, and the word ᾠδαῖς, that means a song, an ode, or a hymn, as well as the word ψάλλοντες, that means to pull, twitch, twang, play, or sing psalms. However, Paul wanted them to be happy singing or saying psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. The melody of their heart should be with the Lord, not useless drinking songs. Paul emphasized the use of the Jewish psalms and other newly created Christian hymns. Paul was not opposed to happiness, but it was always centered around Jesus Christ. Is your happiness centered on Jesus Christ?
After a little less than two months, I have finished reading and commenting on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. I have now finished the New Testament four canonical gospels, plus the Acts of the Apostles, and Paul’s letters to the Romans, as well 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians, and Galatians. Every time I finish commenting on a book of the Bible, I send a thank you blog. I usually post five blogs a day covering a verse of the biblical books. So far, I have posted over 13,770 blogs about the individual paragraphs of all the 46 books of the Old Testament, plus the individual verses of the first nine books of the New Testament. It has taken me over seven years to get this done, since I first began in 2013.
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Paul proclaimed peace and mercy upon the new Israel of God. He carried the marks of Jesus Christ. He hoped that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ would be with them.
Paul said that he was writing this with his own handwriting. He said that the circumcised ones wanted to have the gentile Christians circumcised, to avoid not being prosecuted for the cross of Jesus Christ. They do not even obey their own law. They want to glory in your flesh. However, you should only boast about the cross. Circumcision is useless and has no value. Only the new creation of Jesus Christ counts.
Paul said that they should not be deceived! They will reap what they sow, whether in the flesh or the spirit. Do what is right! Do not grow weary! Work for the good of all, but especially the household of faith.
Paul said that if someone trespasses, restore him gently. Look to yourself first, so as not to be tempted. Bear the other person’s burdens to fulfil the law. You should not be self-deceived. Test your own work. Everyone must carry their own load. You should share with your teacher within the household of faith.
Paul said that the followers of Jesus Christ walked and lived with the Holy Spirit in their life. They were guided by the Holy Spirit. They were not conceited, provoking, or envious of each other.
Paul then explained the fruits of the Holy Spirit. There was no law against them. They were love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Those who follow Christ have crucified their flesh with its desires and passions to live with the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Paul then enumerated the works of the fleshy human condition. They were fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, and carousing. Paul warned them that if they did things like those mentioned, they would not inherit the kingdom of God.
Paul reminded the Galatians that they should walk with the Holy Spirit. They should not gratify their human fleshy desires. There was a duel going on between the human flesh and the Spirit, since they were opposed to each other. If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.