Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 3 Study # 1
August 26, 2012
Dayton, Texas
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<201> Thesis: Paul "begged" the Galatians to adopt his "life attitude". Introduction: This evening we are going to launch into another segment of Paul's letter to the Galatians. I have identified the parameters of this segment as 4:12 to 4:20. Even though there are several ideas in this section, I kept them together primarily because 4:20 ends on the same note as 4:11: a statement by the apostle regarding his ambivalence toward the Galatians in respect to their "faith". This paragraph makes the second consecutive case that the apostle does not have a sufficiently strong foundation for considering the Galatians to be "believers". This is in spite of the fact that his words clearly indicate that he is giving them the benefit of the doubt in that regard, calling them "brethren" even in this opening statement. That he is ambivalent about the true nature of their state is made even more evident when we understand what he was "pleading" with them to do as he launches into this body of his letter. Thus, we are making our goal this evening to try to understand what it was that he was seeking from them.