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Major Themes in the Book of Galatians (Ch. 5 Part 2)

14 Jun

Don’t you love the variety in the Scriptures?  Here in chapter 5 Paul uses several analogies and metaphors to express his deep concern for the Galatian believers.  Let’s continue our study of this great epistle by looking at verses 7-12.  Here, I believe, the theme is misguided persuasion!

Paul commends these Christians for the good race they were running.  But someone “cut in” on them (v. 7).  Someone got in their way, cut them off from “obeying the truth”!  And those who cut in on them used their persuasive powers to take them away from the simple gospel.

And their being persuaded infected others (“a little yeast,” v. 9).  This person who misled them threw them into confusion (v. 10) and will be subject to God’s judgment (“will have to pay the penalty”).

Paul makes it clear that he is not preaching circumcision, for his being persecuted shows this to be true.  He has not given up persecution for perversion.  He has not relinquished “the offense of the cross” (v. 11).

He then, in an Old Testament imprecatory way, wishes that these false teachers would follow their own advice and emasculate themselves!  Wow!

The perversion of the gospel is serious!  And there are hidden and not-so-hidden persuaders out there seeking to confuse God’s people and to do way with the offense of the cross.  Don’t let anyone cut in on you and your race for the Lord!  And don’t just stand on the sidelines.  Get in the race!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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