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DISCUSS THE ARGUMENT THAT 'THIS LETTER IS A PLEA FOR THE RESPONSIBLE USE OF FREEDOM'

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Galatians A) DISCUSS THE ARGUMENT THAT 'THIS LETTER IS A PLEA FOR THE RESPONSIBLE USE OF FREEDOM' It is undeniably clear that Paul had the Galatians' freedom on his mind whilst writing this epistle, and as Paul was given the accolade the "Apostle of Christian freedom" such an epistle warrants attention in hope that we are enlightened to his treatment of the subject. Thus in order to comprehend whether we can align ourselves with the given assertion we ought to look at the context, recipients, gospel regarding freedom, and in particular chapter five which may be labelled the chapter of Christian freedom. The context of Galatians reflects a group of Gentiles who Paul possibly evangelised on his missionary journeys thus saw Christ as Paul had portrayed Him. However Paul shows that a miscomprehension of the freedom which the gospel brings, and thus in Paul's pastoral heart he sees a need to defend it to his utmost in the hope he may bring restoration. ...read more.

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In such a reflection he looks upon the actions and shows those outward actions which hold consequences for others, and these actions are later followed by how we should use our freedom self ward. Our calling is one by which we do not have to do legalistic actions or deny or fallibility but rather one by which we can exhibit Christ's love and as such Paul follows with a reiteration of Christ's commands which he responded upon pressed by those trying to try him which is to love your neighbor as yourself. By this we can note a two fold effect upon the reader, Paul is showing that there is an onus on Christian responsibilities in regards to their freedom, and secondly the responsibility is not one which has been contrived by Paul but one preset by Christ. In our Christian freedom we are no longer bound by the law but instead transformed by a new way of thinking, "So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. ...read more.

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However he then provides a positive list, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. "(Galatians 23 -25) this is encouragement and if the reader feels their life mirrors the list, they are enjoying their freedom properly. With Christ on the cross so were our sins and sinful nature pinned, and now we are set free. Thus the concern in these verses voice Paul's attitude towards freedom forcibly turning the Galatian reader's to the fact they need to align themselves with such a teaching. Hence with regard to all these considerations, it can be asserted clearly that Paul whilst documenting his epistle to the Galatians wished to enforce the implications and responsibilities which the converts had within Christ, however it is clear that he wished to resound that in adhering to such they were not alone but rather had the Holy Spirit to aid them in such a journey. ...read more.

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