Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 1 Study # 3
October 30, 2011
Dayton, Texas
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<129> Thesis: The entire issue of "spiritual life" (beginning by the Spirit; walking in the Spirit; being filled with the Spirit; etc.) has its focus upon the answer to the question of methodology: How do I relate to God? Introduction: As we have moved into chapter three, we have noticed that Paul raised his issues with a series of six questions which double up on themselves. The first question -- that of "bewitching" -- is fundamentally tied to the problem of "non-think" (foolishness) as it relates to the most crucial event of all history in all of time: the crucifixion of the Son of God. This question is doubled back upon when Paul raises it again in 3:3 in a slightly different form. The second question -- that of how the Galatians received the Spirit of God -- is most fundamentally tied to the binding reality of the blending of God's prophetic word and God's actual activity in history. This question is also doubled back upon in 3:3 where Paul directly ties the two issues of the necessity of clear thinking with the binding reality of God's actions in history after revealing what they would be. In his restatement of the issue by asking a question, he presses for a "logical" conclusion to the methodological issue: How does your "reception" of the Spirit "logically" relate to your "progression" into what that Spirit came to do? This evening we are going to look into Paul's "method" issue because it is at the very heart of how we are to go about releasing the Spirit of Jesus within us to express Himself through our bodies.