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If my pastor called me ‘foolish’ and ‘bewitched’ I would be very much offended. I would probably write an article about him and leave church! Well, Paul did not mince his words in his letter to the Galatians, he had to call a spade a spade, there was too much of trying to prove they are holy and righteous by following rules and regulations. They actually looked like bewitched fools, trying to depend on their flesh for righteousness, yet Jesus had actually died for their actual sins and that was enough proof: Concrete proof.
“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?” Galatians 3:1-4
Imagine you have been imprisoned for breaking the law and are now imprisoned. You try follow all the rules and regulations of the prison to be in the good books. You are actually known as a ‘good prisoner’ and you have won some prison awards for your ‘good behaviour’. Now Jesus comes and opens wide the prison gates giving you a chance to walk out free, all your mistakes and offences have been cleared. You are free; all you need to do is walk out. But no, you are very comfortable in prison, and you want to stay there, working so hard to try and keep your good name. Isn’t this foolish?
Maybe someone should call out today’s ‘foolish Galatians!’ trying to live according to the standards of the flesh. Doing everything they can to show themselves submissive to the law, not knowing that they portray Jesus as ‘inadequate’ Yes, if you are always working so hard to sound, appear, behave and talk like a Christian in public, you are showing that whatever Jesus went through to set us free was not enough. We have been given a chance to walk out of the curse of the law, yet we try so hard to go back in. Jesus made himself the curse and died for our sake. It’s time to go back to walking in the spirit, living under the grace of God, and depending on God not on ourselves.
You are no longer a captive. You no longer need to strive to win God’s freedom. It has been freely given to you. It is not a competition; don’t let the law bring you down, even when you don’t measure up to the standards of the law. Jesus already perfected the law; we are no longer scared of rules and regulations. You are not defined by the rules you maintain, you are defined by what Jesus did on the cross. Stop trying to prove yourself to God, walk out of the prison gates. It is finished.