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Galatians, Chapter One, Lesson Two

THE TRUTH OF GOD            Page 4

V. 9 ** Looking closely at verses 8 & 9, what do you notice to be different about the way they are constructed?

Verse 8 - Is hypothetical, "...even though..."
Verse 9 - Is factual, "...if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary..."
(and he was! cf. V. 7)

** What ray of hope do you see here in verse 9 regarding the Galatians' position with "The Truth of God"?

They had "received" it! One to two years earlier, many in the region of Galatia had heard the gospel truth about Jesus Christ and received Him as their personal Lord and Savior!
cf. Philippians 1:6

** How does Paul feel about this man who preached a gospel contrary to God's saving truth?

Paul says again, "let him be accursed" (Gal.5:10).
Jesus went even further in Matthew 18:1-6, please turn there with me and let's see how the Lord feels about someone distorting His truth and upsetting His children. Read passage.

Now back in Galatians, chapter 1 ...

V.10 ** Why would Paul now introduce the subject of pleasing men?

Because that is exactly what the Judaizers were preoccupied with.

Matthew 6:1 "...to be noticed by [men]..."
Matthew 6:2 "...[to] be honored by men..."
Matthew 6:5 "...to be seen by men..."
Matthew 6:16 "...to be seen fasting by men..."

** Was the apostle Paul ever a man-pleaser?

Absolutely yes! Prior to his salvation, even his religious activity was in competition with all of his contemporaries. cf. Galatians 1:13-14

** What proof does he now offer to show he is not interested in pleasing men?

He "would not be a bond-servant of Christ" if he was still trying to please men! This ought to be the response of every true believer. Paul gave up everything for Christ, joyfully.
cf. Philippians. 3:4-8

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