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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Galatians Chapter Four: Message Outlines

Galatians 4:12-20 (6)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 3 Study # 6
October 7, 2012
Dayton, Texas
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Thesis:Properly motivated "love" is always a good thing, even when it is viewed from the perspective of the one "being" loved.

Introduction:In our last study we focused our attention upon the false teachers and their false motive for pursuing the Galatians. In that study I argued that "pursuit" is simply the mechanism of a fundamental attribute of both God and men: love. Therefore, we are actually talking about "love in action" in our text and its context. But, Paul nailed the false teachers in their pursuit when he exposed them as motivated by the desire to insert themselves between the Galatians and God so that the Galatians would have no recourse in respect to their relationship to God but to seek out ("pursue"/"love") the false teachers as the effective agents of their salvation. This is, of course, a perverse kind of love.

This evening we are going to look into Paul's admission that being the object of "pursuit" is not only not always a "bad" thing, it is always a "good" thing when it is actually legitimate at its core. His words are, "It is always a good thing to be zealously pursued in a good way...".


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