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Galatians, Chapter Five, Lesson Two

STRENGTHENING THE BRETHREN           Page 3

V. 4 ** What terrifying impact does the decision to be circumcised for salvation have?

It severs you from Christ!

** How does Paul describe the people who would do this?

"...you who are seeking to be justified by law..."

** What is the end result?

"...you have fallen from grace"!

** Does that mean they have lost their salvation?

Absolutely not, that is impossible! cf.Romans 8:28-30, 38-39, John 10:27-29, John 18:7-9

** Then, what is he saying?

You cannot mix Law and Grace! These who would be justified by keeping the law, came to the very threshold of salvation by grace and turned away to try and earn their own righteousness by works. cf. Hebrews 6:4-6 and 10:26-27

V. 5 ** As Paul continues "Strengthening the Brethren", he encourages the Galatians with an accurate description of a true Christian, what is it?

We..."are waiting for the hope of righteousness."

** From where do we get the patience to wait and hope?

"...through the Spirit, by faith..."

V. 6 ** If you are a Christian, trusting Christ alone for salvation, does it matter if you are circumcised?

No, "..for in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything..."

** Then what does matter?

"...faith working through love", not flesh working through self-effort!
All see - cf. Ephesians 2:8-10, 4:1-3

V. 7 ** What had been the track record of the Galatians prior to the peer pressure of the Judaizers?

They "...were running well...", Paul often used an athletic metaphor.
cf. 1Corinthians 9:24-27, 2Timothy 4:7.

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