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Galatians, Chapter Four, Lesson Two


V.15 ** How would you describe a "sense of blessing"?

Blessing [makarismos] can be translated "happiness" or "satisfaction" and implies a feeling of joy, fulfillment, and contentedness -- to the point that you would be willing to suffer physically for another and still count it all joy.

** Does Paul's testimony of the Galatians confirm this kind of blessing existed with them?

Yes, they were willing "if possible" to pluck out their own eyes and give them to Paul, joyfully!

V.16 ** Have you ever heard the expression "The truth hurts"? Would only an enemy be accused of hurting you with the truth?

No, in fact Jesus said that our enemies would try to hurt us with lies! cf. Matthew 5:10-12

** Then what are you if you share the truth of God's word with someone, even if it is going to cause them
pain for a season?

You are a friend indeed! cf. Proverbs 27:5-6
All see - 2Corinthians 7:5-10

** So what is the answer to Paul's question in verse 16?

No, he has not become their enemy, but has proven himself to be their friend. Their oneness in Christ is alive and well!

V.17 ** Who are the seekers that Paul is referring to?

"They" are the Judaizers that have been the motivation for this whole letter.
cf. Galatians 1:7, 9 & 2:4

** How aggressive were these "seekers"?

They were "eagerly" pursuing the Galatians.
The term literally meant "taking a serious interest in someone", i.e. - a man courting a woman. These were false suitors though, with no genuine love for the Galatians. cf. Matthew 23:15

** According to Paul the actions of these Judaizers were not commendable, what was their motivation?

They wanted "to shut [the Galatians] out" from Paul's gospel and the grace of God for salvation.

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