Paul's Concern for the Galatians

Galatians 4

8 But then, indeed, j when you did not know God, k you served those which by nature are not gods. 9 But now l after you have known God, or rather are known by God, m how is it that you turn again to n the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? 10 o You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I am afraid for you, p lest I have labored for you in vain.

12 Brethren, I urge you to become like me, for I became like you. q You have not injured me at all. 13 You know that r because of physical infirmity I preached the gospel to you at the first. 14 And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise or reject, but you received me s as an 1 angel of God, t even as Christ Jesus. 15 2 What then was the blessing you enjoyed? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me. 16 Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth? 17 They u zealously court you, but for no good; yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them. 18 But it is good to be zealous in a good thing always, and not only when I am present with you. 19 v My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you, 20 I would like to be present with you now and to change my tone; for I have doubts about you.

  1. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:21
    For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
    Ephesians 2:12
    That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
    1 Thessalonians 4:5
    Not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God.
    2 Thessalonians 1:8
    In flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. Cross References
    Romans 1:25
    Who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
  3. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 8:3
    But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.
  4. Cross References
    Galatians 3:1 - 3
    O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?
    Colossians 2:20
    Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations -
  5. Cross References
    Hebrews 7:18
    For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness.
  6. Cross References
    Romans 14:5
    One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.
    Colossians 2:16
    So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths.
  7. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 3:5
    For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain.
  8. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 2:5
    But if anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved me, but all of you to some extent - not to be too severe.
  9. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 2:3
    I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.
  10. Cross References
    Malachi 2:7
    For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge, And people should seek the law from his mouth; For he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
  11. Cross References
    Luke 10:16
    "He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me."
  12. Cross References
    Romans 10:2
    For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.
  13. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 4:15
    For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
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