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Galatians, Chapter Four, Lesson One

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V. 3 ** As Paul draws his analogy to a real life application, what loving touch does he add to his writing?

"So also we ..." The apostle graciously includes himself as one of the sinners saved by God's grace. Look back to chapter three with me and see how Paul repeatedly used the personal pronoun "you" when referring to the Galatian's spiritual condition.

Galatians 3:26 "..you are all sons of God.."
3:27 "..you who were baptized.."
3:28 "..you are all one.."
3:29 "..you belong to Christ.."
3:29 "..you are Abraham's offspring"

He is now humbly including himself as a sinner who was once "kept in custody under the Law".

** How does Paul describe the "child's" condition before acquiring faith in Christ?

We (Paul, the Galatians and us) were "...held in bondage under the elemental things of the world."
As unsaved, slaves of sin, we stumbled through our lives under the venomous influence of humanistic religion and philosophy. That is why Paul warned the Colossian church to avoid all such humanistic influence. cf. Colossians 2:8

V. 4 ** "When" did God solve our dilemma?

"...when the fulness of the time came..." God knew exactly when He was going to resolve the hopelessness of man's condition. It would be when "the" time was fulfilled in His eternal will!
cf. John 7:6 and 7:8, Matthew 26:18

** What human agency did God use to bring us His Son?

A woman!

** Why did Paul mention that specific detail?

Because it "fulfilled" prophesy!
cf. Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:22-23

** Was this to be any particular kind of woman?

Yes, it had to be a woman "born under the Law" or "Jewish", which is why Paul told the Romans that God's Son "...was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh..." (Romans 1:3).

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