Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 1 Study # 9
May 1, 2011
Dayton, Texas
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<078> Thesis: Men can only "see" God's attitudes when they are made clear by His gracious gifts. Introduction: We have been looking into the response Paul got from those who had been exalted into the positions of indisputable leaders in the Church at Jerusalem. We have seen that having the positions of influence has two major factors because the issue of influence is the hearts and minds of men. In the final analysis, "influence" is the ability of a man to get another man to embrace a way of thinking and a course of action. For this to occur, the one "influenced" has to grant the ability of the one doing the influence to that one. This "granting", however, is a complicated issue that, none the less, boils down to two factors: the alignment of the "loves" of the grantor and the grantee; and the alignment of the "beliefs" of the grantor and the grantee. That means that we need to understand how such "alignment" takes place. There are too many factors involved for us to consider them all, but it is clear that Paul is dealing with this issue in his text and context (he "influenced" the "seemers" in Jerusalem and then used his success to attempt to "influence" the Galatians). Thus, we are going to look into those elements of the issue that are at play in Paul's statement about how the "influencers" were induced to "be influenced" by his arguments concerning the content of the Gospel.