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Friday, April 9, 2021

Bible Passage:Gal 4:11

I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.

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Here Paul shows himself to be greatly troubled about the fall of the Galatians; whom he would more bitterly reprove, except that he fears that if he would deal with them more sharply, he would not only not make them better, but offend them even more, and so utterly alienate their minds against him.  Therefore, in writing, he changes and mitigates his words, and says: It grieves me that I have preached the Gospel with such great diligence and faithfulness among you, and see no fruit.  Nevertheless, although he shows a very loving and a fatherly affection towards them, yet he still chides them somewhat sharply, but yet covertly.  For when he says that he fears that he had labored in vain, that is to say, that he had preached the Gospel among them without any fruit, he implies that either they were obstinate unbelievers, or else they were fallen from the doctrine of faith.  Now both these, unbelievers as well as backsliders from the doctrine of faith, are sinners, wicked, unrighteous, and damned.  Such people obey the Law in vain.  And in these words, "I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain," is contained a secret excommunication, for the apostle means by this that the Galatians were set apart and separate from Christ, unless they speedily returned to sound and sincere doctrine again; yet he pronounces no open sentence against them.

O haste to help, ere we are lost!
Send preachers forth, in spirit strong,
Armed with Thy Word, a dauntless host,
Bold to attack the rule of wrong;
Let them the earth for Thee reclaim,
Thy heritage, to know Thy name.

aka Pastor Robin Fish
It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"

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