Colossians

Elements of the World (Galatians 4:3, 9; Colossians 2:8, 20)

31 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 18 MARCH, 2009 I have heard that the Torah actually composes the “elemental things of the world”? Is there any truth to this claim? The specific clause ta stoicheia tou kosmou—“the elemental things/spirits of the world”—appears in full in Galatians 4:3 and Colossians 2:8, followed by the shorter stoicheia in Galatians 4:9, and tōn stoicheiōn in Colossians 2:20. There is no single interpretation as to what this encompasses, agreed upon by all interpreters, as such “principles” could involve: (1) the ABCs of one’s religious observance, (2) what many of the ancients believed were the basic elements of the universe […]

1 Corinthians

What Does “Under the Law” Really Mean?

30 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 1

originally posted 01 August, 2003 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper Those of you who have been in the Messianic community for any elongated period of time know that we can be a controversial group of people.[1] Those of us who were raised in mainstream Christianity and have now joined Messianic congregations have questioned much of what we were taught in the past, testing it against Scripture. While today’s Christianity did indeed give us a foundational grounding in the Word of God, and thankfully and gratefully presented us the gospel of salvation available in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), it […]

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