o foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ has been evidently set forth, crucified among you? (Gal. 3:1).
The phrase, “O foolish Galatians,” is an expression of surprise mingled with indignation. The word “foolish” is from the Greek word “anoetos,” which means “stupidity that arises from deadness and impotence of intellect.” In other words, he was telling them, “You know better than to throw over the Gospel of Grace, which you have been taught and which you received, for this perverted gospel.”
The word “bewitched” is from the Greek “baskaino,” and refers, in a sense, to being hypnotized. It’s the same as a snake transfixing a rodent with its eyes, and the rodent looking into the snake’s eyes, unable to move. It refers to a “power of evil.” In other words, the unscriptural message being preached by the Judaizers, which repudiated the Cross, had a bewitching effect to it, because of the power of the Devil.
That is the reason that Believers accept the false messages of the “Word of Faith” doctrine, the “Government of Twelve” doctrine, the “Purpose Driven Life” doctrine, etc.
There is, however, one difference, in then and now:
The Galatians had had Paul as their teacher originally; therefore, they had most definitely been brought in correctly. So they were leaving, or at least some of them were, the Message of the Cross for a perverted message, which causes the Apostle to refer to them as “fools.” Presently, most modern Believers have absolutely no knowledge regarding the Cross and Sanctification. They have heard messages only on the Cross as it regards Salvation.
In fact, one of the favorite sayings among Believers who are truly Born-Again, and rightly so, is, “Jesus died for me.” Beyond that, however, they have no idea how the Cross plays into their daily living. As a result, they are perfect targets for false doctrine, i.e., “the bewitched eye.” Continuing to speak of the modern Church, even when the Cross is preached to them, it is little received by most, hence, Jesus saying, “Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be who find it” (Mat. 7:14).
Just the other day over the SonLife Radio Network, a dear Brother who is a member of Family Worship Center gave his testimony. He had been brought out of the “Government of Twelve” doctrine. He mentioned that he and his wife had recently listened to some of the tapes of the things demanded of them while they were in that particular doctrine. He exclaimed how ridiculous some of the demands were that were placed on them—demands which were totally unscriptural. His summation was, “How stupid we were to have put up with that for even one hour!”
Is the Holy Spirit through Paul also saying to many today, “O foolish Believers.…”
To the Galatians, Paul preached Christ and Him Crucified so powerfully, so strongly, under such an anointing, that it was like Jesus had been “crucified among you.”
Over the SonLife Radio Network, owned by Jimmy Swaggart Ministries, the Lord has strongly demanded that I teach the Cross until He tells me to do otherwise. And that we shall do!
Becoming Good Soil
Read Mark 4:1 through 5:43
Wayne soon learned the delicate balance of soil moisture needed to yield an abundant harvest. Some years produced little rain, and his crops suffered. Some years produced too much rain and made planting and harvesting difficult. The best crops resulted from having the right amount of moisture.
Jesus taught that how people receive His Word affects their own fruitfulness.
“Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown” (Mark 4:20).
Those who allow spiritual distractions to interfere with spiritual growth are like the seeds planted among thorns. Those who do not allow God’s Word to take root in their lives lack the strength needed to persevere in times of testing. However, those who accept God’s Word and apply it to their lives consistently experience fruitfulness in their lives.
Thought for Today: God wants to plant His Word in the lives of those who are ready to receive it.
Quicklook: Mark 4:13–20
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