Gal. 3:1 O YOU poor and silly and thoughtless and unreflecting and senseless Galatians! Who has fascinated or bewitched or cast a spell over you, unto whom--right before your very eyes--Jesus Christ (the Messiah) was openly and graphically set forth and portrayed as crucified? Amplified I felt the Spirit was saying that many in HIS body (right now) are bewitched as in Gal. 3. Many are sensing the lateness of the hour and the necessity of pressing into God, but are aware that something is resisting the flow of HIS SPIRIT in their lives. Have you been trying to read the WORD and just can't relate to what it was saying? Been involved with religious form, but not experiencing intimacy with God or HIS people? Can't seem to see the vision of what God is doing right now? Feel tired, weak, confused, isolated, alone, unable to make sense of spiritual things. Trying to work a little harder, discipline yourself a bit more, or serve God better so that your prayers will be heard and God will respond to you? These are just a few of many possible manifestations of being bewitched.
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Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God?" Paul in Galatians 2:21 (The Message.)
A friend has the verse above pasted at the bottom of his emails. Perhaps it is a reminder to him and others that Christianity at its essence is not a system of morals, activities, or religious ideals. This scripture is the conclusion of the confrontation that Paul had with Peter and the elders at Jerusalem when the influence of the Judaizers followed Paul into the churches in Galatia, evidently with the approval, or at least the knowledge of James and the elders in Jerusalem. The Judaizers were Jews who agreed that Jesus was the Messiah, but taught that circumcision and the keeping of the Feasts, etc. was a requirement of salvation for the Gentile Christians as well as the Jewish ones. Paul’s message to the Galatians refuted this strongly and he confronted Peter to his face when Peter came to Antioch (Gal. 2:11.)
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