15 What has become of the goodwill you felt? For I testify that, had it been possible, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. Galatians 4 (NRSV) by St. Paul (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

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February 6th, 2014

Could this mean that his physical infirmity been related to his eyes? Could his eyes have sustained some permanent damage from his conversion event on the road to Damascus? Could this also be why some (much?) of his writing is done by others who write for him?

February 5th, 2014

It is interesting how much softer Paul’s tone towards the Galatians is by this point in Chap.4.
In chap 1- 3 his anger and frustration were burning hot.
Now he seeks to use a gentler approach to persuade.
A wise tactical change and almost sounds like a rhetorical switch deliberative.

January 31st, 2014

Verse 15 is referring back to the physical infirmity mentioned in Verse 13. Likely referring to his conversion experience on the road to Damascus and his subsequent ‘blindness’ because of the revelation of Jesus Christ

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16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? Galatians 4 (NRSV) by St. Paul (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

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February 17th, 2014

Paul faced resistance for his stance of correction. Reading Paul’s letters I’m sure bluntness was the best tactic for the Galatians. The Celts of ancient Galatia were warriors. No point it sugar coating your words or being soft spoken with killers. Also as I have posted before the word “cursed” is used quite a bit. My deduction is because of Celtic Wicca as witchcraft was also a part of the culture this was possibly a tactic by Paul to make his stance clear in terms they would understand and take to heart.

February 1st, 2014

Paul had a knack for calling a thing a thing. see verse 11. time wasted? thats pretty harsh.

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12 Friends, I beg you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me no wrong. Galatians 4 (NRSV) by St. Paul (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

Beginning of the fifth argument (V4:12-20) against the other followers of Jesus. Galatians treat Paul as an angel. How could he turn on them and become their enemy (probably portrayed that way by the other Christians)? Where is the good will you showed me? Could the truth I show you make me your enemy?

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13 You know that it was because of a physical infirmity that I first announced the gospel to you;

14 though my condition put you to the test, you did not scorn or despise me, but welcomed me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus.
Galatians 4 (NRSV) by St. Paul (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

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February 3rd, 2014

Paul is writing here that because of a physical infirmity he had being the reason for his sharing of the Gospel to them. We aren’t told what the infirmity was so we can only speculate as to how it led him to the Galatians and the sharing of the Gospel with them. But, it seems to be something concerning his eyes as he goes on to write that they had so much goodwill towards him that if it were possible they would have torn out their own eyes and given them to Paul.

February 1st, 2014

This must be a reference to Paul’s ‘thorn in the flesh’

I have read in many books/articles this was most likely a physical condition, a large number suppose it to be an affliction of the eyes, but there are some who say it was epilepsy. I tend to agree with the latter.

http://www.epilepsiemuseum.de/alt/paulusen.html

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7 So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to beings that by nature are not gods.
Galatians 4 (NRSV) by St. Paul (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

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February 12th, 2014

Fifth stage :– “Spiritual Birth"
God sends the Holy spirit to us and we are born in spirit and get eternal life and entry into the "Kingdomm of God"
Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

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February 6th, 2014

The law was a schoolmaster to lead us to Christ (Galatians 3:24). Before the death of Christ everyone had for the law was the master because of sins. Christ died that he could redeem us from the law (the master). The redeems have received their freedom through the blood of Jesus.

February 5th, 2014

Is this a reference to the imperial cult?

February 1st, 2014

Again Paul is using the vivid slavery imagery, to make his point.

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10 You are observing special days, and months, and seasons, and years.

11 I am afraid that my work for you may have been wasted.
Galatians 4 (NRSV) by St. Paul (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

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January 31st, 2014

Or have the Galatians swapped observance of pagan festivals for Jewish festivals — so tying themselves to yet another lot of formulaic regulations!Thus losing the freedom gained by following Jesus.

January 30th, 2014

Is Paul chastising the Galatians here for observing pagan religious holidays? Is he then opposing their participation in civic life?

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February 12th, 2014

Once you are with your father in His Kingdom you realize what God is.He is Omnipresent and omniscient — Same in the Past,Present,and Future.
So He is not constrained by “Time,Space and Form” as we humans living in the world are.
2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

February 6th, 2014

“…you are observing special days, and months, and seasons, and years…”. Are not the modern churches doing the same with observing “Christmas” and “Easters” celebration that was taken from pagan times despite knowing they are not the exact date of Jesus birth and resurrection although it is now clothed with current new meaning for celebration?

February 4th, 2014

This seems to be hard to understand as there is not much context unless you go back to verses 8-10. That seems to refer to false gods to which the Galatians seem to be returning.

February 16th, 2014

Galatians is a response to the activities of those Jews who had become followers of Jesus but believed that observation of the Law was still necessary. They were trying to persuade gentile converts to do the same and succeeded to the extent that they were now observing the Jewish religious calendar. Paul has already told them that Jesus Christ has freed them from the slavery of the Law and what they now do is making all his efforts useless.

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February 2nd, 2014

Paul here refers to the seven ceremonial sabbaths and the new moons of the ceremonial system. There is no basis in Scripture for assuming, as some do, that the “days” of wich Paul here speaks refer to the seventh-day Sabbath. Nowhere in the bible is the seventh-day referred to in the language here used. Furthermore, the seventh-day Sabbath was instituted at creation, before the entrance of sin and some 2,500 years before the inauguration of the cerimonial system at Mt. Sinai. If observance of the seventh-day Sabbath subjects a man to bondage, it maust be that the Creator Himself entered into bondage when He observed the world´s first Sabbath! And that conclusion is unthinkable.

February 1st, 2014

Thats some pretty harsh language.

January 31st, 2014

I’m agree catholicos, this is a good question, and I’m not sure of the answer. It’s true that many festivals in ancient world had religious roots, but …¿¿??

February 3rd, 2014

It would seem to me Paul after his comments in the previous chapter is referring to the requirement of Jewish Law to observe certain feasts, season, and years as laid out in Leviticus, Deuteronomy and Numbers in what is now referred to as the Old Testament. At the time these books were the heart of Jewish Law and what a good Jew was to observe. However he is pointing out that if they are still following these things that what he had taught them was a waste of his time because they had not really learned what he had taught. Specifically faith in Jesus had supplanted or replaced the old Jewish Law.

February 14th, 2014

It seems that they are following Israel’s festivities

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9 Now, however, that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, Galatians 4 (NRSV) by St. Paul (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

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February 12th, 2014

Now you are in the fifth stage of your spiritual journey,and have entered the Kingdom,being born in spirit-now not in your ‘physical’ body but in your ‘Astral body’-Body of energy and spirit.,Also, we know “God is spirit”.
Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

February 2nd, 2014

Apostle Paul assertion that knowing God from their Greek perspective is not enough but knowing God from the concept of Hebrew perspective YADAH means knowing, understanding and doing wholeheartedly. Knowing more than cognitive but it is a lifetime process of turning away from the former ways of life. The analogy was they were former slaves but now they are sons of God through his Son Jesus Christ.

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6 And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" Galatians 4 (NRSV) by St. Paul (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

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February 12th, 2014

In this fourth stage,you have well advanced on your spiritual Journey and realize God as your spiritual father.You are on your return journey and the Father is well pleased.
Luk 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

February 1st, 2014

Because the Christians are children of God, is Paul implying that they are now of age, thereby ready to receive their inheritance? What IS their inheritance?

February 1st, 2014

“Abba,” a term of endearment like “Daddy.”

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
Romans 8:15-17 (NRSV)
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January 31st, 2014

Judaism

The Aramaic term abba appears in traditional Jewish liturgy and Jewish prayers to God, e.g. in the Kaddish (קדיש, Qaddish Aramaic: “holy”).

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ab_%28Semitic%29#Aramaic

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So that we might receive adoption as children. Galatians 4 (NRSV) by St. Paul (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

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February 20th, 2014

Paul is suggesting here that we are no longer subject to the “elemental spirits” but outside of them. This is consistent with his letter 1 Corinthians where he argues there is a battle outside of what is seen.

February 13th, 2014

Paul refers many times to followers of Jesus as “children” and “newborn”. Maybe this image (from Paul) has contributed to the belief that we are “children” not “adults”. but what about the question whether God wants us to be children or discerning adults? Paul thinks the followers are his own children as well — setting up the first church hierarchy?

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February 12th, 2014

Once we are redeemed from the slavery of Satan(Over attachment to worldly,objects,thoughts,actions,persons etc.),we become eligible to become children of the Living God(born in spirit-(John 3:3)

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January 31st, 2014

Therefore heirs to the promise?

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God sent his Son, born of a woman, Galatians 4 (NRSV) by St. Paul (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

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February 12th, 2014

So far the stages of spiritual growth we have seen is
First stage: Obey the law—The law acts as a guardian,ensuring you don’t stray too far away from the Kingdom.
Second Stage:– You receive the gospel that the ‘Kingdom of God’ is inside of you' You can see it if you turn your mind away(non-attachment) from worldly things.
Third stage:– You accept that Jesus is the ‘Way’ for you to “enter” the Kingdom.

February 3rd, 2014

Another possibility is that ‘born of a woman’ is an addition, by Paul or a later interpolator, to counter suggestions that the Son was not human but a spititual entity who only seemed human (i.e. a docetic view).

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