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Verse 17: “From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus.”

Earlier in this study of Galatians, I made several observations on Paul’s arguments against his Judaizer accusers. He used countless types of arguments to wonderful effect; he reminded me of an ace pitcher with a mastery of several types of pitches in his arsenal.

Paul’s final argument, indeed the next to last verse in the book, is to testify to the very marks on his body he has physically suffered for his faith in Jesus. In reading the Holman Concordance on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians (page 81), Paul offered these marks as his final credentials of his apostleship. “These marks are Paul’s way of saying, “[Hear] me well. I’ve earned the right to be heard, respected, and obeyed.”” Case closed.

Sometimes in life, we ask for God’s help in dealing with stresses in our family life, our personal life, or our work life (for me, work has been very stressful this year). There are times Jesus gently reminds me that He knows what I’m going through…He bore the marks for me, so that I wouldn’t have to…therefore, what can man do to me?

This concludes the study on Galatians. I’m going to take a small hiatus for the Christmas season; we’ll pick back up with Ephesians at the beginning of the new year. May you all have a blessed Christmas, and remember the real Reason for the season!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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