Galatians 4:11-15
Gal 4:11 (KJB)
I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
I have bestowed - Worked hard to the point of becoming weary
Vain - Without purpose or without cause
Paul now fears that since he brought them the truth concerning salvation by grace alone and they insist on going back under the law that He labored among them without purpose. He worked among them to the point of becoming weary in body and then they turn around and follow the false teachers that are attempting to seduce them. This would be vanity of vanities to know the truth of grace and then desire to go back under the law.
Gal 4:12 (KJB)
Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all.
Beseech - Beg, pray or request
Ye have not injured - Do wrong or act unjustly
Paul is beseeching these Galatians that they should be as he is for he has become like one of them. In other words, Paul is asking these Galatians to be free from the law and live in the Grace that God has given them. Paul then intimates that he has become like one of them in that he does not have to obey the law, as if he was a Gentile. As Paul walked in their shoes concerning the keeping of the law, he now asks that they walk in his shoes in salvation by grace alone. Paul had not taken personal offence at what they had done in that they did him no wrong. Basically, he was saying that they were doing themselves wrong by desiring to remain under the law. If God opens your heart to something in the Scriptures and then you choose to ignore it, are you hurting God or yourself?
Gal 4:13 (KJB)
Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.
Infirmity - Weakness
At the first - Formerly or beforehand
Paul now brings in a little of his history with them. He reminds them how he preached the gospel to them in a weakened condition. Now no one really knows if Paul was speaking of a physical malady or speaking of the fact that the flesh is weak when bringing the gospel. (2 Cor 4:7 KJV) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. Our flesh is weak but God uses it to show that the power of the gospel is of Him and not us.
Gal 4:14 (KJB)
And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
Temptation - Testing or experience
Ye despised - Make of no account or disregard
Rejected - Reject with contempt or loathe
Paul continues on from verse 13 and states that whatever his physical condition was, the Galatians did not reject him but they accepted him so happily as if he was an angel of God. In fact they welcomed him so much that they could not have even welcomed the Savior Himself any more if He would have came to personally visit them. Someone in a physically weakened state would not normally command the same respect that someone who had a strong physical body would. This means that they really welcomed Paul and it was not just an outward show.
Gal 4:15 (KJB)
Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.
Bear record - Bearing witness
Paul now continues from verse 14 but makes a contrast. He is asking them where is the blessedness you spoke about? He even testified that if they could have plucked out their eyes and gave it to him, they would have but now with them changing their beliefs from grace to law, instead of following the true grace gospel that Paul brought them, they have now reverted to the keeping of the law. There could be no blessings in the law keeping but only in grace. So the blessedness they had, unfortunately had faded with the rejection of the doctrine of salvation by grace alone.