Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 1 Study # 1
June 10, 2012
Dayton, Texas
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<179> Thesis: In God's plan to bring many sons to glory, there is a definite process that cannot be short-circuited. Introduction: There is, in our latter day, a relatively popular movement that is rooted in the teaching that, in order to live effectively with joy, one must "count upon one's 'identity' as revealed in the Bible". The idea is that one can address the joylessness of life by reminding oneself of his/her identity as, in the Galatian terminology, an heir of the promises made to Abraham. However, as we will see in our study this evening, this is a false approach to the problem of a joyless experience. Paul had a much better grasp of reality and, in Galatians 4, he determined to address the issue(s) of how to live more effectively. One of his first declarations has to do with the fact that a "joyful life" is the product of a particular process that is never by-passed. Thus, we are beginning a new study of a new paragraph in what the editors of our Bibles considered to be a new chapter. The issue with which we are faced immediately in this study is Paul's declaration of reality in regard to "life as an heir".