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November 15 - Evening

"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?”

- Galatians 3:1-3

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What Have You Been Smok'n?    

Paul continues in Galatians chapter 3 to rebuke the Galatian believers for turning away from the message he presented. They have exchanged the truth of the Word of God that can save and transform their souls, for a different message. After having been justified by faith and born again by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Galatians are building their Christian lives and spiritual performance on works of the Jewish Law. This is similar to the modern evangelical church pushing their born again believers into a life of “application” and “ministry,” instead of allowing these believers to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” 

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2

“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” – Hebrews 5:13-14

The apostolic message has the both the power to save the spirit and renew the soul. This is why both Jesus and his apostles continue to encourage believers to “continue” in the word that saved them and not drift off into a life of Law. Today this could be compared to a modern form of legalism practiced by the Western evangelical churches. They give their followers a steady diet of dumbed-down sermons laced with points of application and pleas to get involved in church activities because church leaders feel this generation, who otherwise seems to manage more information on a daily basis than any generation before them, can’t handle the truth.

“So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are really my disciples.’ ” – John 8:31

“Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God.” – 2 John 1:9

The Galatians had begun with the Word of God that brought salvation through the renewal of the Holy Spirit, but then they decided to finish the work of salvation by working in the flesh. Paul asks them:

“After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?’ – Galatians 3:3

Paul calls them “fools” and asks them “who has bewitched you?” The word “fools” is not the Greek word moros used often by Jesus to refer to people he encountered as being mentally deficient, and so, because of their lack of mental ability they played the part of the fool. Instead, Paul uses the Greek word anoetos for “fool.” Anoetos refers to people who have the ability and have been given the information, but they fail to use their powers of perception “to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:13-14) and they were not “able to test and approve what God’s will is” (Romans 12:2)

“Bewitched” literally refers to the hypnotic spell that many believed came from being caught in the stare of the “evil-eye.” Paul’s message was so clear and the saving/transforming power of the Holy Spirit was so tangible in their lives that Paul imagines that the only way the Galatians could have been convinced to switch directions to a false gospel was if they had been put under a magic spell or were induced with drugs that overrode their wills. They must have lost control of their volition, Paul says, because no logical person would have allowed this corrupt teaching to infiltrate their soul and their church.

In twenty-first century talk Paul could have said,

“You stupid Galatians! What have you been smoking?”

Paul wants the Galatians to stick to the message and not drift into the alternative message of the first century Judaizers and the twenty-first century western evangelical’s “application” rhetoric that replaced teaching the apostolic revelation that can transform and renew the believer.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"The wonder of a single snowflake outweighs the wisdom of a million meteorologists."
- Sir Francis Bacon




Something to Ponder??

Between the years 1378-1417 there were at times as many as three men claiming to
be the pope. In 1417 the Council of Constance
declared Oddone Colonna (who became Martin V)
to be the legitimate pope.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Agnoia (Gr) - Ignorance (Eng) - the Greek word agnoia is where the English word
"agnostic" comes from. Agnoia means "lac of knowledge," "ignorance," and "moral blindness."
When it is used in scripture it tends to refer to intentional ignorance on the part of the
person pleading ignorance.

"They deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and
the earth was formed out of water and by water." - 2 Peter 3:5

"The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and
wickedness of people, who suppress the truth." - Romans 1:18


There was a time that the academic world challenged the accuracy of the Scriptures because it was believed that writing was not developed in the days of Abraham and Moses.

In 1968 an inscription was found in Syria identifying the site as ancient Ebla. During excavation in 1975 a room that had housed the royal archive of a highly developed and prosperous city was uncovered with 17,000
clay tablets from 2250 BC.

This proved once again that 200 years before Abraham and 800 years before Moses writing and documenting events was a well
established practice.
(More here)

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I will not accept ignorance to be my excuse.
I will not allow ignorance to be my downfall.
I will study and seek understanding of the Word of God.
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Proverbs 15:20
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