Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 1 Study # 4
November 6, 2011
Dayton, Texas
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<131> Thesis: The purpose of the "suffering" of a believer is to deepen his/her reliance upon grace. Introduction: We have been considering the six questions that Paul asked the Galatians in Galatians 3:1-5. In our studies we have seen that it is "foolish" for believers to replace their faith in the Grace of God with a commitment to the Justice of God. We have seen that the cardinal Truth which is to dominate the thinking of every believer is "Jesus Christ, crucified", and the cardinal Belief which is to dominate that thinking is that our lives are both dominated by the Spirit of Jesus and enhanced by that domination when we rest in the Grace that produced "Jesus Christ, crucified". This evening we are going to look into the fifth of Paul's six questions: Did you suffer so many things in vain? This question may appear to come winging in from left field (i.e., have little to nothing to do with Paul's thinking), but that appearance is more of a commentary on our lack of understanding than it is of Paul's "tight logic" in his refusal to allow the Galatians to continue in their foolishness. So, what did he mean and how should we understand his words?