Galatians 4:15 What then has become of the blessing you felt? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have gouged out your eyes and given them to me.


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What was then your blessedness?” what, and how great was it? meaning, when the Gospel was first preached to them by Paul; when Christ was revealed to them as God’s salvation; when the doctrines of free justification by the righteousness of Christ, and full pardon by his atonement and satisfaction by his sacrifice, were made known among them; when the love of God was shed abroad in their hearts, and the Spirit of Christ was sent, crying “Abba”, Father: but, alas! where was this blessedness now. Since they were turning to the weak and beggarly elements of the ceremonial law, and were inclined to observe its ordinances, and bring themselves  into a state of bondage? They were happy persons while under the ministry of the apostle; as a Gospel ministry is a great happiness to any that enjoy it; for this is the way to find eternal life, to have spiritual peace and pleasure, joy and comfort, light and liberty.  Whereas a contrary doctrine leads to all the reverse. Paul hereby puts them in mind how they were looked as happy persons by himself at that time, whom they received with so much respect and reverence, and his ministry with so much readiness and cheerfulness, and to so much profit and advantage; and also by other churches who were sensible of the high favor they enjoyed, by having so great a preacher of the Gospel among them; and even at that time they thought themselves the happiest persons in the world.

So fully persuaded was the apostle of their strong and sincere affection for him at that time, that he was ready to attest the truth of this in any form to any persons; that were it a possible thing for them, and could it have been of any advantage to him, they would even have plucked out their eyes, The most desired of all the physical senses, eyesight, mans most valued possession,  Paul felt in His heart they were so indebted for His ministry they would have gladly traded their eyesight for the gift of salvation.  But the only obstacle is the “Truth”

Gregory Lane