Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 1 Study # 10
September 5, 2010
Dayton, Texas
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<020> Thesis: Peace, as a grant from God as Father and Lord, is the primary expression of God's gracious involvement with the Galatians. Introduction: In our study last week we looked into the issue of "Grace" as a blessing-producing attribute of God in the primary form of getting the Galatians back on track. It was brought into play by Paul in order to highlight both the "problem" of "Life-drift" and the "solution" in terms of a more active intervention by God. The issues are dicey because it is only "grace" that can overcome the potent tendencies of our depravity, but too much "grace" and our depravity moves to take advantage without any real growth on our part. Grace is God's involvement without consideration of our works (and naught else can actually provide any real "Life") but God's objectives in "Grace" involve our personal development as genuine people of the "Life" and that means that we have to be diligently involved in a cooperative way. This is why the formulation of salvation's methodology is always "by grace through faith" wherein "Grace" is God's doing for us what He requires of us and "Faith" is our cessation of resistance to the obvious in a context of our participation in a "living world" (we are heavily involved in taking action all of the time: it is our "faith" that directs those actions). This week we come to a second huge biblical issue: peace. It is my goal to make the place "peace" takes in Paul's desires as clear as possible.