Galatians 3:3 So Foolish?

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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Galatians 3:3 So Foolish?

Galatians 5:5 Wait For It

Galatians 5:5 (KJV)
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

Every one of us knows we are flawed, even sinful beings. We know we are less than perfect. We know we have corruption in us. We know, in short, we are unrighteous. 

The disagreement happens when we propose to answer this unrighteousness. 

The one proposes to fix it through rules
Whether it be a religious rule or a legislative one, laws are passed to reign in, reduce and refine man’s corrupt nature. 

The other proposes to wait for that righteousness
I see three keys:
Through the Spirit 
We are talking about saved people in this context. They have had their spirit quickened. They can hear the testimony of the Holy Spirit. They can follow Him. 

Wait
The word wait has to do with time, but it also has to do with a binding or a yoke. We serve as yoked together with Christ. We serve as He moves and not as we do. 

By faith
Believing, trusting, leaning upon the promises of God’s Word regardless of how long it takes for those promises to come about. 

We have not attained or apprehended all that God has for us. But rather than trying to make it happen on our own we are confident that the Holy Spirit calls us to wait, believing that, in God’s good time, we will see Jesus, and we will be like Him. 

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Galatians 4:1-7 Child, Servant, Son

Galatians 4:1-7 (KJV)
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

There is, in Galatians 4:1-7, three levels of spiritual relationship:
The child
In this context, the passage speaks of the unsaved/unregenerate. He is perhaps aware of those things that are spiritual. The Jews certainly were. But he is lost. He must be kept, guarded, fed, cared for. With a child, the future outcome is uncertain. 

The servant
Because of the context, I would identify this one as saved. He no longer needs to be tended. He may be busily tending to others. I think I know a lot of Christians happily (sometimes not so happily) engaged in this service, not knowing there is another place God wants them. 

The son
To as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God…[1] I do not deny that the Christian life is one of service. What I do insist is that it is not all the Christian life is. 

Desire to serve. Seek out opportunities for Christian service. But don’t stop there. Embrace your kinship with God the Father and with Jesus Christ. Serve not as a servant, but as an heir of God through Christ. 


[1] John 1:12

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Galatians 3:1 Foolishness

Galatians 3:1 (KJV)
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

That the original audience of this epistle were Christians, there is no doubt, yet the Apostle charges them with foolishness. The term is a harsh one, especially in light of our Lord’s words, 
Matthew 5:22 (KJV
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 

The term is not an exaggeration. The most foolish thing any Christian can do is to allow some spiritual teacher to lead them back into a works-based religion. It smacks of Israel in the wilderness longing for the leeks and onions of Egypt. In a moment of difficulty, they could not remember the slavery, the beatings, the murder of their children. All they could remember is that they were fed. Facing a perceived threat, they forgot the dangers of slavery, replacing those memories with a false sense of safety. 

So it is with the Christian who turns to look at the works of the flesh. 

  • He forgets the sense of failure. 
  • He forgets the hopelessness. 
  • He forgets the traps of religion. 

He longs for them instead of the liberty that is in the Spirit of the Lord. 

That is foolish, indeed. 

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Galatians 3:1 Foolishness

Galatians 2:6 What No Preacher Ought To Be

Galatians 2:6 (KJV)
But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:

I can’t imagine that an appropriate application of this passage would be to lack respect. Neither can I accept that we should reject spiritual teachers. 

  • This passage has to do with Paul’s apostleship 
  • The passage is in reference to those who questioned it
  • The passage also points to those[1] who had made themselves to be more than they ought

But it is a good balance for the believer to learn to make so much more of Jesus that, in comparison, we make nearly nothing of even the most respected of men. 

We certainly have trouble with that. Men who have gained respect precisely because they make much of Jesus, become themselves, often through no fault of their own, a distraction for others away from the Lord. 

Because of the context I think preachers ought to pay the most earnest heed to the concept. No preacher ought to be noted for following a man. He ought to be so “Christocentric” that it’s all anyone can see in him. 


[1] In Paul’s case, they were Judaizers.

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Galatians 2:6 What No Preacher Ought To Be

Galatians 6:15-16 A New Creature

Galatians 6:15-16 (KJV)
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

The rule of which the Word speaks is that of verse fifteen, that the matter that matters is the new creature, we are no more Jews or Gentiles. We are new creatures, made up of both Jews and Gentiles and we are intended to be members together in a local congregation, a church. 

To as many as walk according to this rule:
Peace be on them
Peace with God and with one another. In the world, we will experience tribulation. Despite that, we do have peace with God, and we may have peace with our fellow believers. 

And mercy
We have mercy with God. We need mercy one with another. It is the prerequisite of peace among ourselves. 

And upon the Israel of God
Either this speaks of those who are new creatures, Jews and Gentiles who are Abraham’s seed by faith and have the circumcision of the heart, or else this speaks of the future Israel who, having endured the Tribulation, turn to Jesus Christ. 

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Galatians 5:24 Not Circumcision but Crucifixion

Galatians 5:24 (KJV)
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

It seems to me that the summary of this chapter is something like “Not Circumcision but Crucifixion.”

In an earlier verse we are instructed that circumcision avails nothing.[1]
In verse two, “if ye be circumcised Christ shall profit you nothing.” 

Circumcision is almost always performed upon an infant. 
The deciding parties are the parents, not the patient. It is therefore not possible that this verse implies that anyone circumcised cannot be saved. 

  • It is an issue of faith versus works
  • It is an issue of trust

Those who trust in their heritage or in their religious law find Christ to be of little value to them. These proponents of legalism ought to be cut off, identified as what they are, false professors, and removed from the fellowship.[2]

We do not need to concern ourselves whether we have been circumcised or uncircumcised in the flesh. What matters is whether we have crucified the flesh in Christ. 


[1] Galatians 5:6 (KJV)
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

[2] Galatians 5:12 (KJV)
I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

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Galatians 4:16-20 I Tell You The Truth

Galatians 4:16-20 (KJV)
Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.
But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.
My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.

There are three statements of thought I wish to consider today:
The first is the Galatians’ attitude towards Paul warnings 
No doubt he had been blunt concerning his position against the false brethren that had influenced these believers. He has been quite bold in his rebuke of their allowing such teachings to influence them. Was he really an enemy for telling them the truth? 

The next is the issue of zeal
That these people have earnest, zeal and passion in no way means they are of God and to be heard. It is good for a preacher to have zeal and passion. It is not good if it affects the hearer, but not well.

The third is his desire to be with them 
While it was impossible for Paul to be present with them, his purpose for doing so would be the protection of them. In their presence, he would be able to personally drive off the evil influence. With physical presence, he would be better able to guide them in the right direction. Absent this possibility, what he wrote them would have to do. God has used it now for more than two thousand years. 

I am similarly concerned right now. Having lost the possibility of physical connection with the flock God has blessed me to protect, I am concerned about those many influences that come their way through the various media. Some of these influences can put on a pretty fair show. That does not mean they influence their audience well. I do not mean to be mean spirited or hateful in any way. But I am compelled, even duty-bound to urge those under my care to only access those resources I, as their pastor, point them to. 

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Galatians 4:16-20 I Tell You The Truth

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Galatians 3:17 In Christ

Galatians 3:17 (KJV)
And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

In my daily visit with God on the 4th of April, 2020, I concluded with the words, “Let us, as did Job, hold fast our righteousness in Christ.”  This morning, when I prepared that visit for posting, I had to take a moment to think about that phrase. Some of my readers lean toward hyper dispensationalism and divide things much more strictly than I believe is profitable. I can hear some of them remarking that Job would not have known anything about righteousness in Christ. 

Galatians 3:17 confirms my original post. The Bible teaches us that the covenant God made with Abraham was “confirmed before of God in Christ” four hundred and thirty years before the law. 

Jesus said “Before Abraham was, I am” Abraham, as did Job, possessed righteousness by faith in the promised Christ. 

That is the only righteousness that avails any man. 

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Galatians 6:14 Glory in the Cross

Galatians 6:14 (KJV)
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

This is one of the most powerful, favorite verses we all know in the Bible. God help us that we, like Paul, glory only in the cross of Christ! 

  • No other Person is worthy of glory
  • We are certainly not worthy of glory 
  • No other event in world history is worthy of glory

But notice the context of the verse. 
Galatians 6:13
For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. 

There was a group who attempted to lure that Galatian believers into their camp, their doctrine; into their churches if you will. 

  • They would have gloried in the “victory” of converting them away from the churches Paul had planted. 
  • They would have gloried in the growth of their own congregations. 
  • They would have gloried in the effectiveness of their influence. 
  • They would have gloried in the power of their preaching. 

Paul chose only to glory in the cross of Christ. 

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Galatians 6:14 Glory in the Cross

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