Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 1 Study # 4
February 24, 2013
Dayton, Texas
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<241> Thesis: Those actively depending upon "grace" are actively waiting for its ultimate impact. Introduction: As we have seen thus far, Galatians 5:1-6 is Paul's attempt to encourage steadfastness in one particular doctrinal area by contrasting the participants within the conflict. From his point of view, it is absolutely imperative that "believers" actually "believe" in God's work of placing an implacable barrier between them and any form of the expression of His Justice toward them. This is the beginning of the experience of "Life". In order to get his readers to "believe", he describes the opposition as under the impossible task of living in harmony with every commandment in the Law all of the time and hopelessly separated from the Grace of God. Then, by way of contrast, he describes the actual, living attitude of those receiving Grace from God. It is this contrast that has become the focus of our study this evening. How does a "believer" deal with his/her "Life" failures? They are many. They are hurtful. And they take up at least some of the mental energy that is required to live in Joy and Peace.