Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 2 Study # 4
March 31, 2013
Dayton, Texas
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<251> Thesis: The reaction of retaliation is both ungodly and evidence of untrustworthiness. Introduction: In our last study we saw that the Galatians were being confronted with the age old question: whom should I believe? At issue is the quality of one's experience in both time and eternity. Underwriting that solemn reality is a secondary one: that quality of experience is directly tied to the pervasive impact of "faith". "Faith" in a lie will eventually ruin one's entire life; whereas "faith" in a truth will eventually lead one out into the boundless experience of the Joy of Life. Because what we believe is critical for time and eternity, it is the most natural thing in the world to ask "whom should I believe?". Paul's answer to that question is an addendum to chapters one and two. Those chapters set forth the basis for faith in biblical truth. But, what Paul has to say in the paragraph before us this evening addresses something that chapters one and two do not really address. How do we tell "whom to believe" when there is no apostle on the scene?