Chapter One, Lesson Two
THE TRUTH OF GOD Page
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
(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
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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