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Galatians, Chapter Four, Lesson One

NEVER TURNING BACK            Page 6
V.10 (Cont'd.)

This would include keeping the Law, Sabbath days, Days of the New Moon, Festival Seasons, Sabbath and Jubilee Years. By contrast, we must live our lives in the grace of God each day, "Never Turning Back" to the old religious efforts designed to show us to be "good people" while all the time falling short of the glory of God!

V.11 ** Paul is staggered by the possibility that his beloved children in the faith (the Galatians) might be leaving the simplicity of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, to return to a works oriented righteousness. Do you suppose Paul labored very hard for the souls of the Galatians?

Absolutely! It is of little wonder that he would express his fear on their behalf.

** How is it that he might have labored in vain?

If the Galatians depended on their own works for salvation and had only pretended to embrace the gospel, their salvation would be doomed and Paul's labor would have produced nothing for their souls.


** What was the Galatian's error and the subtle transgression made by Christians today, as they try to live out their lives by the Grace of God?

Not depending totally upon that grace at all times, but thinking you are good enough to make it on your own.


** What have we seen today that will keep us from that same error?

The Lord "redeemed" us and adopted us as sons!(V.5)


** For how much of that transaction can we take credit?

Absolutely none of it, it is all by His grace!


** Let's thank the Lord now for His marvelous grace and commit to live our lives "Never Turning Back" to our old lifestyles, but to give Him the "gift" of our loving obedience everyday.

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