Chapter Three, Lesson One
HEARING WITH FAITH Page
V. 2 (Cont'd.)
** Does everyone who "hears" the gospel become saved?
Tragically, no! The natural (or unsaved) man does not understand the
things of God.
cf. 1Corinthians 2:14
** Then from where do we get the "faith" which enables us to
hear God's truth so as to be saved?
It (faith) is a gift from God Himself! cf. Ephesians 2:8
V. 3 ** Now that Paul has gotten their attention, what argument
does he use?
"Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the
flesh?" He is saying, "How can you perfect what the Holy Spirit
began, that is impossible!"
cf. Philippians 1:6, 2:13, Colossians 2:9-10
V. 4 ** What would be the outcome of all that the Galatians had
been through if they were to embrace the "different gospel"
of the Judaizers?
All of their "suffering" would have been in vain. While the
believers in the Southern Galatian area did suffer for Christ (Acts
14:2), that is not what Paul is saying. The verb "to suffer"
is neutral and literally means to experience. It can be referring to
either good or bad, favorable or unfavorable experiences. The Amplified
New Testament translates this verse this way; "Have you suffered
so many things and experienced so much all for nothing - to no purpose?"
** What are some of the things that the Galatians had experienced?
1) Christ publicly portrayed as crucified (V.1)
2) Receiving the Holy Spirit through faith (V.2)
3) Being "begun by the Spirit" in their walk(V.3)
4) Being "perfected" by the Spirit (V.3)
** Why would all of that be in vain?
If they were willing to give it up and depend on their ability to reach
God by keeping the Law, it would make all of the Spirit's work in their
life equal zero or vanity.
** How does Paul soften his tone with the Galatians?
"...if indeed it was in vain." Maybe it wasn't!
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