Believers or Bewitched Fools? (Galatians 3:1-5)
Scripture: Galatians 3:1-5
This sermon is about a key passage that explains how the living of the Christian life proceeds on the same basis as justification. The Galatians got that wrong and were tempted to go back to 'law-works' rather than continue to live by faith through the power of the Spirit. Paul uses a series or rhetorical questions to shock them into taking stock of their thinking and practice.
The issue is serious because being “bewitched” implies coming under the spell of Satan. Satan is the accuser of the brethren and when Christians think they can be perfected by 'law-works' they will soon come under condemnation.
The counter to being bewitched is faith in Christ. All who truly believe have received the Spirit at their conversion. This was by faith through grace, not law-works. Thinking that now converted, they could be sanctified by works of the law is a serious delusion. This sermon makes applications about how this happens to many Christians today. The church is nurtured by pure Bible teaching and gospel preaching, not through human effort or human wisdom. We must proceed as we began, which is by faith in God’s promises. Means of grace emphasize that and are accessible to all.
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