Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 4 Study # 1
November 21, 2010
Dayton, Texas
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<042> Thesis: The issue of man's salvation is whether there is any "truth" in the "message" or the experience. Introduction: In our look at Galatians 1:10 we saw that Paul was returning to the earlier thesis of his own motives in confronting the relational breakdown between the Galatians and God. Jesus' flat out declarations that men's motives determine their trustworthiness (John 7:18 and 8:50) mean two things: what those motives are is crucial; and whether others accurately perceive those motives is also crucial to a life of faith. Paul would not have returned to this theme if it was not critical. Having, then, reminded the Galatians that the monkey was on their backs in respect to what they were going to do with what he wrote, he turned to his major thesis: the Gospel is of divine origin. Though we all subscribe to that thesis at some level, we are, nonetheless, going to look into it for many weeks to come as it is the subject of all the information given to us in the first two chapters of this book. The issue of our study this evening is going to be this fact: man's salvation is absolutely dependent upon whether, or not, man believes what God has made clear.