Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 1 Study # 2
October 23, 2011
Dayton, Texas
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<127> Thesis: The way God works in history is the ultimate argument for how His words are to be interpreted. Introduction: In our last study we considered that Paul insisted that the Galatians begin to do some serious and careful thinking about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in the light of the prophetic word. From this we know that God requires that we believe what He says as the bottom line of any kind of real restoration of harmony between Him and us. The reason salvation is by grace is easily seen by means of human (sinful) action: no man can tame the sinful impulses of the flesh and, if salvation is up to him to accomplish, he will perish forever. The reason salvation is through faith is also easily seen by means of human reason: there can be no harmony between persons who do not trust one another. Thus, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, established by prophecy and subsequent fulfillment, is the major focus of the content of both grace and faith. Grace is God doing for a man what He required of the man; and faith is man yielding to the obvious reality and nature of this grace and depending upon it in his daily "thinking". This evening we are going to look at Paul's main question: how did the Galatians "receive the Spirit"?