Chapter Four, Lesson Two
CORRECTING WITH COMPASSION Page
** If they could succeed, what would be the result?
The Galatians would then seek to follow the Judaizers and not draw
close to Christ through faith.
cf. Galatians 6:12, Matthew 27:22-25, Acts 5:28
V.18 ** So, is it wrong to seek after someone with the truth?
No! If fact it is good always to be eagerly sought in a commendable
manner. If we pursue someone with God's gospel, for their salvation
and His glory, it is indeed commendable and good for them.
** Who had already done that with the Galatians?
The apostle Paul had when he was "present" with them on his
first missionary journey.
V.19 ** To restate his great love for his children in the faith,
what metaphor does Paul now use?
That of a mother in labor with her child! There is no greater love,
sacrifice, devotion or care, than that of a mother giving birth to her
children. Paul used the same word picture when describing his love for
the Thessalonians. cf. 1Thessalonians 2:7-8
** How do you suppose we should view ourselves, if the Lord places us
in the position of correcting someone who has wondered from the truth
of the gospel?
In the exact same loving, sacrificial, devoted and caring role that
Paul assumed with the Galatians!
** What was the goal of Paul's motherly love for the Galatians?
He desired only that "Christ is formed in you..."
cf. Colossians 2:6 and Romans 8:29
V.20 ** What would Paul rather be doing instead of writing to
the "churches in Galatia"?
He would rather be with them in person and to be able to change his
corrective tone. Paul longs for the sweet fellowship experienced by
believers of like precious faith (2Peter 1:1). He desires to have no
need to correct false teaching, but just to praise the Lord together
for their common salvation by grace through faith.
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