Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 3 Study # 5
November 17, 2013
Dayton, Texas
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<307> Thesis: Believing that one is "beloved" of God is the most fundamental root of a genuine sense of well-being. Introduction: Being "blessed" and feeling "blessed" are two distinctly different things. Unfortunately, most of us settle for the feelings (if we can) and are most upset when those feelings are not present. The entire book of Galatians was written to address these issues (being and feeling) because of the connection that exists in men's minds regarding their foundations. Clearly, most men understand that being blessed requires the approval and acceptance of God, but falter significantly in their understanding of how the feelings are generated. Paul's argument in this final paragraph is that, since relationships rooted in Law are destructive without exception, the only valid basis for being blessed is the grace of the cross and the only valid basis for feeling blessed is doubling down on faith in the fact of the being. In Galatians 5:6, where Paul was focused upon "an effective process", he simply said, "the only thing that works at the process level is a faith that is energized by love" (beginning with being loved and, then, moving into the activities of loving). In the text before us this evening, his claim is that the only thing that makes the process work is the actual reality of the relationship that exists between the "facts" and the "practice" of "exulting".