- Galatians 4:11-15
- Gal 4:11 (KJB)
- I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in
- 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
- 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.