Scripture Reading: Galatians 4:1-20
Great Commission—not merely about “saving people” but about teaching obedience to Christ’s commands.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world [age]. Amen.
Power—authority. Teach—make disciples of. In the name—into the name—unto God as the aim and purpose, and joining them with Him. Galatians 3:27—you were baptized into Christ. Name is singular despite three persons. End of age—clearly not just for disciples to do, but all in this age before the end comes.
--Not just getting people “saved” and then dropping them, but helping them grow into Christ.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The result of learning from Christ is rest. Meek and lowly is what you learn from Him. Unrest comes from pride. Easy—gracious, sweet, useful. Light—ease, liberty, and agile. Yoke of Pharisees teaching was a grievous burden.
And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
His cross—his own cross, each has his own to bear. Cost—that which devours. Forsaketh—bid farewell, renounce, separate oneself from. You can’t fight the fight of faith if you drag all your stuff around with you.
Augustine’s Confessions: “Lord, make me pure, but not yet!”
Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Purpose of Christ’s death was to deliver, pluck us out, rescue, from this evil world. Salvation is about life now, leaving this junk for eternal things. Soon removed—transferred, change sides. Another gospel—all of which bring in earthly things to the forefront—Jewish external laws for external land.
My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?
Children—speaks as a parent: authority and tenderness, only time Paul ever uses this phrase that John uses all the time. Birth again—feels like giving birth again, has to start over, just as concerned for their souls as he was at first.
In doubt of you—I am perplexed by you, I don’t know what to say or do for you.
--spiritual maturity is Paul’s goal. He doesn’t conclude, “Well, you guys believed that one time, so I’m done.”