In a final exhortation to the Galatians, Paul draws attention to the marks he bears in his body following the many persecutions he had borne in the name of Christ. He puts these forward as conclusive evidence of the truth of his Gospel compared with that of the Judaizers who bore no such scars. Jesus had indicated that since the world had hated Him, it would hate His disciples also. Paul’s scars were therefore a vindication of his discipleship, in contrast to that of the Judaizers. We are challenged to consider whether we are ready to suffer disgrace for the sake of the Name of Christ. It is only through God’s Grace that any believer is enabled to bear up under persecution.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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