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Galatians 6:17?

Discussion in 'Non-denominational' started by thedoc, Feb 9, 2002.

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  1. thedoc

    thedoc New Member

    Galatians 6:17  From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

    Can someone please share their insight about what Paul means by "the marks of the Lord Jesus."

    I looked up the word marks and it is translated from the Greek word "stigma". Does this have any significance? Would this in any way be related to stigmata?
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  2. Candidus

    Candidus New Member

  3. filosofer

    filosofer Senior Veteran

    Most likely the word TA STIGMATA refers to the effects of his suffering as an apostle (2 Cor. 6:4-6; 11:25 ff.; Acts 16:23-24; etc.).

    The "stigmata" today are not signs of suffering, but claimed to be "divine" signs of favor, set apratness, etc. - apart from any suffering.
  4. Apologist

    Apologist 2 Tim. 2:24-26

    Here is a quote from the Bible Knowledge Commentary:

    6:17. Paul’s calling as an apostle and the message he preached had been challenged by the Judaizers. He asked for an end to such trouble, and he offered as a final proof to his critics the marks of Jesus on his body. These “marks” (stigmata) meant signs of ownership such as were branded on slaves and cattle. Paul referred to the scars on his body, which were caused by persecution for Christ’s sake (cf. 1 Cor. 4:11; 2 Cor. 4:10-11; 6:5, 9; 11:24-25), because they demonstrated he was a slave of Christ and not just a people-pleaser.
    Walvoord, John F., and Zuck, Roy B., The Bible Knowledge Commentary, (Wheaton, Illinois: Scripture Press Publications, Inc.) 1983, 1985.

    Hope this helps.

    God Bless
  5. thedoc

    thedoc New Member

    Thanks for the link. It was very interesting. I agree that Paul was probably speaking of his sufferings and not "stigmata" as it is portrayed today. I just find it interesting that the Greek word stigma is only used once in the NT.
  6. edjones

    edjones Active Member

    Paul contrasts the cowardly Judaizers, "lest they should suffer persecution" (vs. 12), with himself; "I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." (2 Cor. 11:24-28)

    2 Corinthians 11
    Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
    Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
    In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
    In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
    Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
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