Chapter Six, Lesson Three
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** Do you think that Paul is personally involved in this effort to convey
Biblical truth to the Galatians?
Absolutely, he is writing to them "with [his] own hand".
This phrase is sending his own heart, his very life is being given to
cf. Colossians 4:18, 2Thessalonians 3:17, Philemon 19 with 1Thessalonians
Paul is saying literally "I have written to you with my own hand",
this is coming from the depths of my heart, please hear what I am saying.
V.12 ** In one final reference to the Judaizers, how does he describe
"Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh..."
** What does it mean to "make a good showing in the flesh"?
It is to be externally religious with no internal reality behind it!
The Judaizers were disciples of the scribes and Pharisees, and as such
were only interested in an external show of religious goodness rather
than the internal goodness that comes from a clean heart created by
God. Let's look together at what Jesus said about this type of approach
cf. Matthew 6:1,2,5,16 with 23:27
Now back in Galatians 6:12...
** How do they try to accomplish this good showing?
By compelling others "...to be circumcised..."
** Is their motivation the salvation of men's souls?
No - it is pure selfishness! They want to avoid being persecuted for
the cross of Jesus Christ.
The Judaizers knew that if you preached salvation by grace through faith
in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary as opposed to salvation
by the works of the Law, you would be persecuted by the religious leaders
of the day. They were more concerned about themselves than their converts!
cf. 1Corinthians 1:22-24
V.13 ** What does Paul use to expose the error of legalism?
The hypocrisy of the very ones who preach the Law!
"...those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves..."
Remember Matthew 23 - "Woe to you...hypocrites!" Their lifestyle
removed all credibility from their message.
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