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Galatians, Chapter Five, Lesson Two

STRENGTHENING THE BRETHREN           Page 4
V. 7 (Cont'd.)

** While Paul continues to strengthen the Galatians with this appraisal of how they were doing, what is the answer to his question? Who had hindered them from obeying the truth?

While we do not know specifically, we do know that it was the Judaizers (Acts 15:1). Anytime that we are distracted with false doctrine, we will be hindered in our daily effort to glorify God.

V. 8 ** What clarifying statement does Paul make regarding the source of legalism?

It "...did not come from Him who calls you."

** What is encouraging about that statement and how would it strengthen the Galatians' faith?

First, God is the source of all truth and "this persuasion" to a life of legalism was demonic.
cf. James 3:15, Galatians 1:8-9
Paul is protecting the Galatians by letting them know the source of this false doctrine.

Second, he is encouraging them with the truth that God chose them for salvation, based upon His grace and not their religious effort. cf. John 15:16
Paul is strengthening the Galatians with the good news that God loved them and called them into a saving relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ.

V. 9 ** How much false teaching does it take to negatively influence an entire group of believers?

Only a "little"! Jesus issued the same warning to his disciples on the west bank of the Sea of Galilee. All see - Matthew 16:5-12

V.10 ** Well, back in Galatians 5:10, Paul continues to strengthen the believers. How does he do it?

By expressing his confidence in them!

** What was he confident about?

That they would "...adopt no other view..."

** Why not, what or who was looking out for them?

Paul's confidence was "in the Lord", he knew that Christ would complete His work in them. (Philippians 1:6)

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