Don’t Turn Back
June 29, 2003
Heathen - Background
I Tim. 1:12-20
Jews rescued from the Law -
Gentiles (heathen) from dumb idols - Hab. 2:18, I Cor. 12:2
v. 9 - “ye have know God” - “are known of God”
The Greatest Blessing to know God -
“how turn ye again to the weak & beggarly elements?”
“A yoke ....which neither our fathers nor we were
able to bear” - Acts 15:10
“whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage” - v. 1 “child/
heir - insult/degradation as a full grown son to have to
repeat lessons learned in infant school.
v. 10 - thinking outward observances would of themselves make
their life acceptable with God.
ch. 3:1-3 1:6-9
vs. 13-15 - Pus in eyes - Matt. 10:40-41
v. 17 - zealoun - in ordinary Greek - to admire, deem &
pronounce highly fortunate & blessed.
Custom of men to admire virtues in others, not of men
looking grudgingly on those who are being honored.
“He must increase but I must decrease” - John 3:30
Gal. 1:3-5 - “Thine is the kingdom and the power and the
The gifts which had been bestowed on them, their virtues,
in contrast, especially with their heathen neighbors - their
This was said with the idea of courting their favor as in:
Romans 16:18 - “by good words & fair speeches deceive
the hearts of the simple”
A favorite device of this class of deceivers to win the ear
of their unwary brethren.
Of the people of Galatia, Smith’s Bible Dictionary says:
The people have always been described as
“susceptible of quick impressions & sudden
changes with a fickleness equal to their courage
& enthusiasm, and a constant liability to that
disunion which is the fruit of excessive vanity”.
“Yea, they would exclude you” - shut you out.
I John 3:12 - Cain slew his brother “Because his own
works were evil, and his brother’s righteous”.
Ps. 34:21 - “Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that
hate the righteous shall be desolate.”
War - good/evil God/Satan
Fronts over there now in America
False Teachers John 8:44-45
Isaiah 3:10-12 Eph. 6:10-18
vs. 22-31 - Allegory of Hagar & Sarah - Law & Christ -
slavery & freedom.
v.29 - “But as then he that was born after the flesh
persecuted him that was born after the Spirit,
even so it is now.”
Heb. 10:35-39 Luke 9:62 Heb. 3:12