Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 5 Study # 5
January 16, 2011
Dayton, Texas
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<052> Thesis: The foundational issues of "revelation" in regard to the "in me" reality are mostly concerned with getting the facts straight, not making the vessel "perfect". Introduction: One of the most deceptive attacks upon "Truth" is the use of accusations of impropriety against the messenger to disparage "faith" in the message. We see this tactic used all of the time and every where because we live in a message-conflict universe where what one believes has enormous consequences. The reason that we need to realize that finding a flaw in the messenger does not do anything to the issue of the truth of the message is that the apostle made the transformation of his life an initial issue in his letter to the Galatians so that they would be inclined to believe his message. While it is true that one's failure to function in consistency with one's words makes a valid point, that "point" is not that the message is in error; rather it is that the messenger does not believe his/her own words. But Paul's argument was not that failure made the message false; it was, rather, that success made the message true. It works like this: a lack of message-behavior consistency only raises the issue of whether the one who failed "believed"; it does not raise the question of the truth of the message. When Jesus declared that the one who "believed" could say to a mountain, "Be plucked up and cast into the sea", and see the actual result (Matthew 21:21), what He said was either true or not true, but the fact that no one has ever actually done that particular act cannot be used to establish which of our options is fact. Alternatively, however, if one saw a mountain cast into the sea, that would establish which of the options was true. Therefore, failure does not challenge the truth of the message, but success does establish it. This evening we are going to look into Paul's words about God's purposes for "separating" Paul and "calling him". And we are going to do so in light of the comments I have already made about the issue of determining the truthfulness of the message. What we are going to see is that the presence of Christ in a person has more to do with getting that person to the point where he/she can see the truth than it does with getting that person to do the truth. At the outset, let me say that I am not minimizing the doing of the truth, but I am attempting to get the cart and horse in the proper order because doing can be stimulated if the truth is established, but doing is impossible if we believe a lie.