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Galatians, Chapter Four, Lesson Two

CORRECTING WITH COMPASSION           Page 5

V.17 (Cont'd.)

** 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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