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Galatians, Chapter One, Lesson Four

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V.20 ** What subtle clue does Paul give us that what he is writing is going to be challenged by his enemies, the Judaizers?

He makes the bold statement, "I am not lying".

** Who is the witness that Paul calls upon to verify His message?

God Almighty! This was in the form of a Jewish vow and as such was not to be taken lightly because it reinforced the authority of Paul's gospel message.

V.21 ** When Paul left Jerusalem, where did the Lord lead him to next?

"...into the regions of Syria and Cilicia..." (check your map in the back of your Bible)

** In what major town in Syria did Paul stay?

Antioch, for one year (Acts 11:26)

** Before Paul made it to Antioch, in what town had Paul stayed in Cilicia?

According to Acts 9:30 and 11:25 it was in his home town [Acts 22:3] of Tarsus. Most commentators agree that it was for a period of several years!

V.22 ** Even though Paul had traveled so extensively (while obeying the "Leading of God") do you think that other Christians outside of Jerusalem could recognize him?

No - He "...was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea..." These were separate and distinct churches outside of the city of Jerusalem.

** What did they all have in common?

They were churches "in Christ". They were genuine believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.

V.23 ** Even though they had not seen Paul and could not recognize him, what did they know about him?

He who once persecuted the church was now preaching faith in Jesus Christ! Remember Paul had become a new creature (2Corinthians 5:17). The statement made here in verse 23 is one of exuberant exclamation. These people were excited about the change God had brought about in Paul's life!

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