A Compelling Truth: A 30 Day Journey through Galatians with Rob Stanmore

DAY 11

You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?

Galatians 3:1-5 NIV

If you could have ever doubted Paul’s passion, you discover it here.

Why would Paul use such strong language? And is Paul referencing the remake of Bewitched?

You may be reading this plan and you’ve recently started following Jesus, or for some of you maybe you’ve been following Jesus for a number of years.

Paul is addressing that the Gospel isn’t just a starting block for Christians, it is the whole marathon.

We aren’t only saved by the gospel, but we grow by the gospel.

Paul is speaking to the temptation of the Galatians to start with the Gospel and then think they have to go to back to living under the law, now that they believe the Gospel.

You might feel you’ve accepted Jesus and now it’s time to work on being a “good person” or by counting how many bad or good things you do.

The truth is, the gospel is like a shower. We need it daily.

If you’ve been a Christian for many years you might feel like you’re working for God, but you can then forget God in the work.

We are not only saved through the Gospel, but we grow through it by daily recognising our need of Jesus and our dependence on Him. 

Question

How could you “grow” in grace based on this revelation?

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