Paul is deeply concerned about the Galatians actually getting it. He says. “I am in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.” Now I don’t know what childbirth feels like, and I doubt Paul does either, but I’ve witnessed it in person twice and even with a lot of modern drugs it’s seems rather uncomfortable. Paul is dedicated to his people. He could have said, “I preached the truth to you—take it or leave it.” Instead he is following the commission of Jesus to not just verbalize the good news, but to make disciples. Paul’s teaching and his life continue to reiterate that finishing is just as important as starting.

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