Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 2 Study # 9
February 12, 2012
Dayton, Texas
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<151> Thesis: Paul's intention toward the Galatians was to establish Christ's redemption price as the object of faith in the divine principle of "Unity". Introduction: In our last study we focused our attention upon Christ's submission to crucifixion as the way in which the redemption price could be paid. At issue was not, primarily, how God elevated humanity to its place in His value system (though this is the real outcome of the doctrine of Christ paying the redemption price), but that there was an "apparent" conflict in the divine nature that required resolution. In a perfect world where sin has never intruded, there are certain of the characteristics of God that would never come to light. This is problematical under the thesis that "Life" is the outcome of "knowing God". "Life" will be truncated in every situation in which the Truth about God is undisclosed. According to Romans 9:18-24, it was this reality that undergirded God's decision to create in such a way that Sin would not be proactively prevented. That "way of creation" did not demand Sin's presence (twice as many angels refrained from Sin as indulged in it), but it did open the door to the greatest potential for "Life" because, in a fallen world, an unmitigated revelation of God is possible. Therefore, we concluded that Christ's payment of the redemption price was a demonstration of how God keeps Himself in "Unity" in the face of the potential for "Conflict". This raises an important issue: "Unity". This also forms at least part of the explanation for the intense focus of Jesus' prayer to the Father that we might be "one" as they are. In our study this evening I want to make an attempt to set Paul's words in Galatians 3:13 forth in the light of his goal for his readers.