Galatians 3:3 (KJV)
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
This is a fundamental verse. It is certainly pivotal in this epistle. It is the distinguishing trait between true faith and mere religion. It is also the battle every professing Christian engages every day.
The religious world would argue the whole concept of “having begun in the Spirit.” Religion likes to make the starting mark that place when people start to do as they teach. But even among those who get it that the Christian faith starts with a work of the Holy Spirit, the bulk of them quickly jump to teaching that we begin with a gracious work of God, but we run the Christian race with determination and perspiration.
We, who acknowledge that the Christian begins, runs and finishes in the Spirit, wrestle with it in our own flesh. We want to be it in the Spirit, but we struggle to see how to continue if we don’t involve the flesh.
Oh, LORD, teach us to walk by faith, live by faith, run by faith, work by faith so that, in the end, we finish our race by faith.
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