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Under a Spell (5 of 17)
Born AGAIN Free
In the first two chapters of this book the Apostle
Paul has been autobiographical in nature. He has been
sharing his personal testimony. It is a remarkable
story, as you know.
Now, in chapter 3 and 4 he will give some doctrinal
teaching. He will teach doctrine which under girds our
faith. Somebody says, "I don't like doctrine." I don't
like teaching, but teaching is important. It is
essential because it is doctrine which gives the
foundation for what we believe and ultimately how we
Then in chapters 5 and 6 he will become very practical
and will apply the teaching which he has given.
He starts off rather bluntly in chapter 3, "O foolish
Galatians." He doesn't mean that they are stupid. He
means they are lacking in perception. One translator
translated it, "O, beloved idiots."
"O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that you
should not obey the truth." He is referring there to
the truth of the gospel, which he mentioned two times
in the second chapter, verse 5, and also verse 14.
"Before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently
set forth, crucified among you? This only would I
learn of you (he says, Let me ask you a question).
Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by
the hearing of faith?"
Look at those two prepositional phrases. Basically he
is saying--how were you saved in the first place--by
the works of the law or by the hearing of faith?
He says in verse 3, "Are you so foolish? Having begun
in the Spirit (saved in the Spirit), are ye now made
perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many
things in vain?" He is saying--after all you have gone
through, you are going to turn now from the truth of
the gospel? "If it be yet in vain." There's still a
"He therefore who ministers to you the Spirit, and
worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works
of t ...
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