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With all the presidential election rancor, and our country tragically divided, we desperately need a song like this!
I love Logo’s response: “LET’S BAR-BE-QUE!”
We are continuing our brief look at several major themes in the book of Galatians. We’re getting ready to take about a fifteen-hour flight to Jeju Island, Korea, to teach students at the Word of Life Bible Institute.
I’m certainly learning a lot about this book. And I hope you are as well. The next theme that comes in this great epistle is the theme of freedom! We see in verse 1 of chapter five that “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free”! Free from what? Free from trying to justify ourselves by our pathetic efforts to keep God’s law!
Note that the verse doesn’t say “It is for Himself that Christ has set us free.” It is for FREEDOM! What should be the experience of FREEDOM for the believer?
As servants of the Savior we are free from the yoke of slavery of keeping the whole law (v. 3). We seek to be obedient because we love the Lord, not because our obedience saves us! Putting ourselves under the law in a salvation-sense means: (1) we have been alienated from Christ!; and (2) we have fallen from grace (v. 4)! Those are certainly not two consequences that I want in my life! How about you?
I’ve never been to Korea! My sister-in-law said when she first went to Disneyland, “This is the first time I’ve never been here!” I’m looking forward to that week in June when I get to teach the book of Galatians! Word of Life Korea is the venue.
We’re asking a bunch of questions about this amazing epistle. Let’s pose some interrogatories (my Mom would have been proud of my use of that word) about chapter 4:
Sixteen Questions about Galatians chapter four:
1. How is an heir like a slave (vv. 1-2)?
2. What is meant, do you think, by “the elemental spiritual forces of the world” (v. 3)?
3. Verses 4-5 are incredible! This “set time” — what made the time Jesus entered His own world the right time?
4. Galatians has a great deal to say about “the law,” doesn’t it? What’s meant by “born under the law” in verse 4?
5. What are two benefits of the Son’s coming into the world for the believer (v. 5)?
6. This epistle has a LOT to say about God the Holy Spirit. What do we learn about the Spirit here in verse 6?
7. There are two stages to a person’s life — what are they (vv. 8-9)?
8. Why is being “known by God” more important to Paul than knowing God (v. 9)?
9. What’s wrong with the observance of special days and months (v. 10)?
10. What do we learn about Paul’s “illness” in this chapter? Could this be related to his “thorn in the flesh” in 2 Corinthians 12?
11. If childbirth were up to men, the world’s population would be so much smaller! How does Paul use the labor/childbirth metaphor here (v. 19)?
12. We have the idea of “promise” brought up again in verses 23ff. Where has Paul talked about God’s promises in this epistle?
13. Put into your own words what Paul’s primary point seems to be with his Hagar and Sarah analogy (vv. 21ff).
14. What does Paul mean by “the Jerusalem the is above” (v. 26)?
15. I spent a week in Palestine recently, among the descendants of the “slave woman” (the Arabic people). There is so much conflict in the land between the Jews and the Arabs! How does this text help us in a spiritual sense (vv. 28-31).
16. Construct a chart contrasting the two women here in verses 21-31.
I wonder how they got the little fellow out.
As you make your choices today, might I suggest that you begin with something like the following prayer?
“Lord Jesus, You’ve given me great power to make hundreds of choices today. Please help me to make the ones that please You. I want freedom, Lord, but not from You or Your will for me this day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”