Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 1 Study # 9
August 29, 2010
Dayton, Texas
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<018> Thesis: The primary issue of "grace" in our text is whether God is going to extend it. Introduction: We have worked our way through the part of Paul's introduction that puts its focus upon his identity, message, and associates. We have seen that the issues involved are whether Paul can be trusted in regard to his message of the redeeming King and how his words are supposed to be understood. In our last study we considered Paul's reference to his associates as "all brethren" so that we might understand that we live in a relational universe as opposed to a mechanical one. This evening we are going to at least begin to look into his desires for the Galatians. They are two: grace and peace. Both are incredibly large concepts that take a lot of "getting used to" and both have a very primary place in the "Galatian Problem". The "grace" side of things is God's. The "peace" side of things is man's. Though both are presented as extensions of divine activity from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, the former is deliberately focused upon objective divine activity and the latter is deliberately focused upon whether those for whom the action was taken "get it". At the individual level grace without peace is futile and peace without grace is delusion. Therefore, we are going to at least begin to look into Paul's wishes for his readers: grace and peace.