Galatians 3:1-9 “Bewitched”

Sep 17 2018

Galatians 3:1-9 “Bewitched”

The gospel is not good advice to men, but good news about Christ; not an invitation to us to do anything, but a declaration of what God has done; not a demand but an offer! This is why Paul questions the church in Galatia as they were ready to cash in grace for works? Paul will use 6 different arguments in Galatians to prove that Jesus saves us by faith alone and not by works but our focus is verses 2-3 where Paul asks them “How did they receive the Holy Spirit, by human works or by faith.” Note the contrasts between the law and faith:

The law says, “do this” and the gospel says, “Jesus has done it all”!
The law requires human works and achievement; the gospel requires faith in

Christ’s achievement.

The law makes demands and bids us to obey; the gospel brings promises and bids us to believe.

These two are diametrically opposed to each other; to establish one you must destroy the other as they cannot coexist. It is hard for us to imagine what these Judaizers told already saved gentile believers that would cause them to become circumcised and kept the law. How many of these men undertook the operation only to find out that all that they received was a little less skin, a lot more pain but no blessing. The blessing of the Holy Spirit is not earned He is received! God gave them the greatest gift of the Holy Spirit by indwelling them then empowering them. Paul asks them that being true then why would God cause growth by efforts of the flesh. If Satan cannot stop us from being saved by faith, then he will attempt to hinder our blessing and growth and maturity by faith. Charles Spurgeon once said, “When the works of the flesh are substituted for faith, self- confidence and pride are the inevitable result. The reason of this contention lies in the fact that man is not only poor, but proud; not only guilty, but conceited; so that he will not humble himself to he saved upon terms of divine charity.” If it was essential that a Gentile must first become a Jew before they can become a Christian, God would never have said the blessing given to Abraham would extend to every nation, because Gentiles would have had to become part of the Israelite nation to be saved. The most important question we can ask our self is, “Am I of faith?” “Do I believe God even as Abraham did?” “When God says it, do I believe it”? “Do I live as if I really believe God is true”? “Can others see that I am trusting God”?

This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!