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Galatians 4:8-20 (Galatians 4:8-20)Tim Douglass, January 6, 2019
Part of the Galatians series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
This week we return to our study of Galatians. Previously we have looked at Paul’s examination of the relationship between the law and salvation. The one representing bondage and the other freedom. He has strongly challenged the teachings of the Judaizers who want to bring everyone under the law and has shown that their premise is without merit. Now he makes his argument very personal, showing his right to address them through the relationship he has with them. His challenge to them is based on his concern for them.
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8Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. 12Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all. 13Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. 14And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. 15Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. 16Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? 17They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them. 18But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you. 19My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, 20I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you. (KJV)