Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 6 Study # 1
February 13, 2011
Dayton, Texas
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<060> Thesis: At what point does "fact" trump "claims"? Introduction: In our studies of Galatians, we have looked in depth at Paul's argument that his Gospel is of divine origin. His statement of that argument is that his Gospel is not "of man", but it boils down to the same reality: it is Truth with a capital "T". A primary line of argument for Paul has been his claim that he never had sufficient exposure to those "in the know" to be able to preach the Gospel with the kind of argumentative authority that was his. This evening we are going to look into the second stage of that argument as it is recorded in 1:18-20. In this place, Paul argues that it was after three years that he did go to Jerusalem but that, when he got there he only saw Peter and James and, that, for only fifteen days. This is a reinforcement of his basic argument. However, he ends this segment with an odd claim: "before God I am not lying". Because of the importance of this claim, it will be the focus of our study this evening.