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The Epistle to the Galatians. Law is Blessing Lost: Galatians 4:15-20, Part 1. Gal 4:15 – NKJV ‘What then was the blessing you enjoyed? For I bear you witness that if possible you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me.’ The gratulation of the flesh – Rom 4:6,9

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The Epistle to the Galatians

Law is Blessing Lost: Galatians 4:15-20, Part 1

  • Gal 4:15 – NKJV ‘What then was the blessing you enjoyed? For I bear you witness that if possible you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me.’
    • The gratulation of the flesh – Rom 4:6,9
    • At the time of his 1st visit, the Galatians gratefully acknowledged the fact that Paul had come to them with the gospel.
      • They were so filled with joy and a sense of obligation that they were even willing to give him their own eyes.
        • A proverbial phrase for the greatest self-sacrifice - Matt 5:29
        • Could this relate to Paul’s thorn in the flesh?
          • Gal 6:11, Acts 22:11, II Cor 12:1-7
      • Going further, how about I John 3:16-18?
    • Think back, were you that grateful?
      • Rom 15:13 ‘Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’

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Aug 1, 2010 Bob Eckel

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The Epistle to the Galatians

Law is Blessing Lost: Galatians 4:15-20, Part 1

    • In context, the Galatians no longer were blessed with Paul’s presence.
      • Can you relate in any way to this?
        • The old nature can so easily show up can’t it?
  • Gal 4:16 – NKJV ‘Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?’
    • enemy – adversary, someone intentionally hateful
    • I tell you - present active participle
    • In general terms, why should the truth offend?
    • More specifically here
      • Gal 2:14 ‘But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, "If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews?’

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Aug 1, 2010 Bob Eckel

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The Epistle to the Galatians

Law is Blessing Lost: Galatians 4:15-20, Part 1

      • This sentiment occurred after Paul’s 2nd visit to Galatia.
        • Events of 1st visit written in ~50 A.D. - Gal 2:1
        • Events of 2nd visit written in ~54 A.D. – Acts 18:23
    • Prov 9:8 ‘Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.’
    • Eph 4:15 ‘but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head, Christ’
  • Gal 4:17 – NJKV ‘They zealously court you but for no good; yes they want to exclude you that you may be zealous for them.’
    • Who is ‘they’?
      • The Judaizers who showed great zeal for them, but were not seeking their good - Gal 1:14, Matt 23:15, Rom 10:2

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Aug 1, 2010 Bob Eckel

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The Epistle to the Galatians

Law is Blessing Lost: Galatians 4:15-20, Part 1

    • Notice that this is done ‘not in a good way’
      • The manner used and the result expected
        • Gal 5:4, II Cor 11:13-15, Gal 6:13,14
        • ‘Legalism is self, self, self’ – McCalley CA
    • they want to exclude you that you may seek them
      • How does this work?
      • Motivated by the flesh - ego, power, pride
      • Think of some examples here.
  • Gal 4:18 - NKJV ‘But it is good to be zealous in a good thing always and not only when I am present with you.’
    • The impact of emotions – be careful here.
      • always – at all times
    • A good cause – Phil 1:15-18, I Cor 9:20-23
    • And being zealous is part of the Christ life - Tit 2:14, Rev 3:19

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Aug 1, 2010 Bob Eckel

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