23 September 2020
Who Has Bewitched You? – Part 4
Gal 3:1 – O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? NKJV
We are going to look at grace! I have a strong sense that the main purpose of this series will be to remind us how we first were saved and to realize that this is how the continued work of grace is to remain effective in our lives. Paul by the Holy Spirit said it this way, Gal 2:21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” NKJV. We must stand against the bewitching spirit of religion in our lives. As Bob Yandian puts it, “The grace of God poured out at Calvary, freed us from all self-striving so we may live truly Spirit-filled, fruitful lives of freedom and joy.” Christ has provided all we need to enter God’s family and has provided all we need to live as God’s children. By grace through faith!
Part 4 – Surely every new divine truth given to us should only humble us the more as we realize that we have nothing that we have not received. Apart from divine grace, we would still be in our natural darkness and ignorance. (Ironside Commentary).
Today we begin in Galatians 3. We know that we are saved by grace through faith, as we have looked at earlier this door into salvation is the process of continuing for spiritual maturity. Bob Yandian said it this way, “The grace of God poured out at Calvary, freed us from all self-striving so we may live truly Spirit-filled, fruitful lives of freedom and joy.” Christ has provided all we need to enter God’s family and has provided all we need to live as God’s children.” In Mark 4:26-28 Jesus gives us a great illustration of grace and faith through how a seed grows. The power of growth is in the seed not in the farmer, the job of the farmer is to cultivate the seed. Our salvation already contains the power necessary for growth we just need to cultivate it through a relationship with Christ, or we could say through faith.
The law of growth in the natural world illustrates growth in grace and in understanding of spiritual realities. (Ironside Commentary).