by Harley Howard

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The Epistle of Paul To The Galatians Chapter 3:1-5
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Harley Howard

Oh Foolish Galatians! Or How the Church is Duped!

1 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

Before I continue, I think it would be wise to define
the word, duped, since it is very critical to the
understanding of the entire message.

DUPE n. 1. A person who is easily deceived. 2. A
person who is the tool of another person or a power.

DUPED v. To cause to accept what is false, especially
by trickery or misrepresentation.

I am certain that no one would consider themselves to
be duped and some would not even consider even the
POSSIBILITY of being duped, but the facts remain that
many people are and many churches are. As we study
this text today I want you to keep in mind that
although I may not refer to it much I am speaking, not
only of many churches being duped, but of INDIVIDUALS
being duped as well. It is also very clear to me that
some in this body have been HAD by others who were
false, and some may well be duped even NOW. I believe
that if we approach this study with an open heart and
not with prideful resistance, we may actually learn
something that will keep us from staying fools or
being fools! With this in mind, let’s go right into
the background and the text itself. First, the

The Apostle has been defending the gospel of grace
from the very beginning of the letter from the point
of view of his own experience and calling. He has
insisted and proven that God has called him rather
than man and gave him the message of the gospel
inspite of the established Apostles. Now Paul begins
to shift gears and re-explains the gospel to the
experience of the Galatians and how justification by
faith in Christ Jesus has affected their lives and
their own experience and that a shift ...

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