Choosing Freedom: The Difficulty of Walking Away from Enslavement
Paul’s Concern for the Galatians
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 forces[a]? 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 and sisters, become like me, for I became like you. You did me no wrong. 13 As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you, 14 and 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 Where, then, is your blessing of me now? 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 have zeal for them. 18 It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, 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!
Example of turning back to Enslavement
- Israel Tempted to turn back to their enslavement of the Egyptians
- Exodus 14:10-12 – Israel sees the Egyptians coming to destroy them
- Exodus 16:3 - The Israelites get hungry in the wilderness
- Exodus 17:3 – The Israelites get thirsty in the wilderness
- Numbers 14:4 – The Israelites fear the people of Jericho and those in the Promised Land
"Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved…….”
How can you turn back again to become slaves once more?
These verses show the intense love of Paul for the Galatian church. His pastoral struggle and desire to guide the church of Galatia to let go of trying to find salvation from works, and truly rely on the work and love of Jesus for their salvation.
- Galatians 4:8-11 - Formerly You WERE Slaves
Slaves to the false greek gods. The many false gods to whom you sought favor from.
- Galatians 4:12 – Formerly I Was Once A Slave….. To what you are choosing to be enslaved to now
Paul was a Pharisee who observed the law for his salvation. Paul is attempting to relate to the Galatians to show them that they do not need the law. He is attempting to show them how they are simply trading one form of enslavement to a false salvation for another.
- Galatians 4:13-16 Formerly You Understood the Truth & Were A Blessing
Paul continues to show the Galatians the past. How they received the same message from him earlier. The message that faith in Jesus is all they need to be saved. That His Grace is all they need. Paul is really relying here now on their past experience and belief in that very message.Unfortunately, the Galatians now treat Paul as an ENEMY, where before even though Paul was sick they listened to his message, believed and even became a blessing to him.
- Galatians 4:17-18 – You Are Too Busy Trying to Please Man!
The Galatians are easily swayed to observe the law and jewish rites. Paul is telling them, Judiasm does not lead to salvation, only Christ can. Stop trying to please MAN!
- Galatians 4:19-20 – Pauls Love REMAINS
After all Paul went through: Being stoned to bring them the first message, his affliction or sickness, the Galatian church turning and treating him as their enemy- Paul’s love remains.Paul longs to see the Galatian church free of their slavery to false gods or pointless rituals, and to simply live in faith to Jesus. To become mature Christians who can stand without him.
-COMMENTARY ON GALATIANS BY WILLIAM BARCLAY
SCRIPTURES TO CONSIDER
- 2 Peter 3:11-18
- Colossians 3:16
- James 4:6
OTHER RESOURCES IN RIGHTNOW MEDIA
- "THE BOOK OF GALATIANS" BIBLE STUDY FEATURING KYLE IDLEMAN
- Galatians by Ray Pritchard
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