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Celebrating Jesus' Birth, Lesson #1

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Galatians 3:26-4:20 (1)

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  1. As we read this passage we find in the end of the passage that Paul says he is perplexed. Try to figure out what he is perplexed about.
  2. How is an heir like a slave, according to verse 1?
  3. How are they (slave and heir) different?
  4. What is the metaphor of slave and heir teaching?
  5. Verse 4 uses the phrase, "time had fully come." What kind of preparation was necessary for Christ to come?
  6. It says that God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law. What does it mean that Christ was born under the law?
  7. The stated goal is that we would receive the full rights of sons. What rights do sons have?
  8. If we have been in the church for a while, we may take for granted that we are sons (and daughters) of God. What does the privilege of sonship afford us?
  9. Not only are we sons of God, but we are also indwelt by the Spirit of the Son of God. The Spirit says, "Abba, Father." What is the significance of this word, Abba?
  10. What are these weak and miserable principles of verse 9?
  11. How do these principles enslave us (verse 10)?
  12. How could Paul speak of wasting his efforts on them? Didn't he believe in "once saved; always saved"?
  13. Example A is that they are observing special days and months and seasons and years. What is wrong with observing special days and months and seasons and years?
  14. How did God use Paul's illness to help the Galatians?
  15. In verse 16 Paul asks this question: Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? How could telling them the truth make him into an enemy?
  16. Have you ever become someone's enemy by telling them the truth?
  17. Who does the pronoun, "those" refer to in verse 17?
  18. In verse 18 he says it is good to be zealous. Would you describe yourself as zealous?
  19. Have you ever been zealous? When are you most zealous?
  20. What is great about being zealous?
  21. Is it so bad if we are not zealous?
  22. How do we get zealous?
  23. What was wrong with these people's zealousness?
  24. How can we pray for one another this week?


  25. 1. You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, [27] for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. [28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. [29] If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

    [4:1] What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. [2] He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. [3] So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. [4] But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, [5] to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. [6] Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." [7] So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.

    [8] Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. [9] But now that you know God--or rather are known by God--how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? [10] You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! [11] I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.

    [12] I plead with you, brothers, become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong. [13] As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you. [14] Even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself. [15] What has happened to all your joy? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. [16] Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?

    [17] Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may be zealous for them. [18] It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you. [19] My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, [20] how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you! Galatians 3:26-4:20 [NIV]


1. You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, [27] for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. [28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. [29] If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

[4:1] What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. [2] He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. [3] So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. [4] But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, [5] to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. [6] Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." [7] So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.

[8] Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. [9] But now that you know God--or rather are known by God--how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? [10] You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! [11] I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.

[12] I plead with you, brothers, become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong. [13] As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you. [14] Even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself. [15] What has happened to all your joy? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. [16] Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?

[17] Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may be zealous for them. [18] It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you. [19] My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, [20] how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you! Galatians 3:26-4:20 [NIV]

 
 

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