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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Galatians Chapter One: Message Outlines

Galatians 1:13-17 (4)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 5 Study # 4
January 9, 2011
Dayton, Texas
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Thesis:Paul's characterization of God is that of One Who takes specific action at specific times within the "typical" flow of His enforcement of His cause/effect "norms".

Introduction:In our previous study we focused upon the issue of "timing" in Paul's comments about God's involvement in producing His life-changing message of redemption. It is our argument that God typically enforces all of the details of His cause/effect creation while atypically addressing the developing outcomes at specific points along the way in order to alter those outcomes. In Galatians 1:15 Paul points to two of those atypical actions of God. He "separated" Paul from his mother's womb, and He "called" Paul into His Plan. These atypical actions were separated by more than thirty years but are a part of Paul's argument because of the particular impact that each of them made.

These comments by Paul inevitably produce an interesting perspective on how "Life" should be viewed. It is a "typical" process wherein the rules of the harvest dominate, but also wherein the God of those rules is free to address them by His own "special" adjustments at points along the way in order to bring the Master Plan to fulfillment. These "special adjustments" are, however, not violations of the "typical"; rather, they are simply God's own actions being inserted into the "flow".

This evening we are going to look into God's special "adjustments" of the "flow" as Paul presents them.


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