Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 4 Study # 1
October 21, 2012
Dayton, Texas
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<215> Thesis: "Desires" need to be identified in terms of their "source", and evaluated accordingly. Introduction: This evening we are going to begin a study of the final paragraph of Paul's argument that "justification" is by "faith" in strong contrast to "law". In our studies of this argument, we saw Paul's final focus has been upon the "motives" that are behind "legal theology" in contrast to the Galatians' own experience of the ability of the "grace/faith" message to alter bad motives. After all, "motives" are the most crucial of all issues because they are the first-fruits of whatever "love" exists in the individual. Since "love" is the greatest issue of life, "motives" become critical. In Paul's opening words of this final attempt to get the Galatians to return to the God of all grace, he raises an issue that has its roots in this "motive" realm. His issue is "desire". His words are, "Tell me, you who desire to be under law..." (modified Authorized Version translation). This evening we are going to attempt to provide some clarity about his question.