Paul's Bodily "Marks of Jesus" in Galatians 6:17 and Its Implications to Christian Witness in the 21st Century Nigeria

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The issue of stigmata with reference to Galatians 6:17 has raised a number of theological issues which centre on Paul’s spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ. This paper sets out to investigate the correct interpretation of the text. In doing this a historical critical method of exegesis is adopted. This enables the research to place the text within its historical context in an attempt to understand what Paul meant when he wrote Galatians 6:17. The researcher has carried out an investigation on the Sitz-Im-leben (Situation of Life) of Galatians 6:17, its exegesis and theological conclusions. The researcher observed that there are lots of challenges facing Christians in their witnessing in the 21st Century Nigeria. So many Christians or churches in their witness today boast of bearing the marks of Christ in their body but when faced with challenges, they forget their claim of bearing the marks of Jesus Christ on their bodies. This paper recommends that Christians, not minding the opposition or challenges they are faced with, should, like Paul, anchor their faith in Christ and trust in His ability to deliver. They should share in the sufferings of Jesus during periods of adversity and not only accept His blessings.


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ONWUKA, C. (2022). Paul's Bodily "Marks of Jesus" in Galatians 6:17 and Its Implications to Christian Witness in the 21st Century Nigeria. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/paul-s-bodily-marks-of-jesus-in-galatians-6-17-and-its-implications-to-christian-witness-in-the-21st-century-nigeria

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ONWUKA, CHINEDU "Paul's Bodily "Marks of Jesus" in Galatians 6:17 and Its Implications to Christian Witness in the 21st Century Nigeria" Afribary. Afribary, 30 Mar. 2022, https://afribary.com/works/paul-s-bodily-marks-of-jesus-in-galatians-6-17-and-its-implications-to-christian-witness-in-the-21st-century-nigeria. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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ONWUKA, CHINEDU . "Paul's Bodily "Marks of Jesus" in Galatians 6:17 and Its Implications to Christian Witness in the 21st Century Nigeria". Afribary, Afribary, 30 Mar. 2022. Web. 22 May. 2022. < https://afribary.com/works/paul-s-bodily-marks-of-jesus-in-galatians-6-17-and-its-implications-to-christian-witness-in-the-21st-century-nigeria >.

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ONWUKA, CHINEDU . "Paul's Bodily "Marks of Jesus" in Galatians 6:17 and Its Implications to Christian Witness in the 21st Century Nigeria" Afribary (2022). Accessed May 22, 2022. https://afribary.com/works/paul-s-bodily-marks-of-jesus-in-galatians-6-17-and-its-implications-to-christian-witness-in-the-21st-century-nigeria