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Galatians, Chapter Three, Lesson One

HEARING WITH FAITH           Page 2
V. 1 (Cont'd.)

** What does Paul mean by saying the Galatians had been "bewitched"?

The term comes from a root word meaning "slanderous or to slander" and is used only here to say that they had been charmed or fascinated in a misleading way.

** So, what is the answer to Paul's question? Who had been bewitching them?

The Judaizers, remember? According to Acts 15:1 they were teaching that "unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved".

** Why do you suppose Paul was so astonished by how easily the Galatians were being led astray? What had happened in their life that should have equipped them to withstand this false legalistic teaching?

"...before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified..." The gospel had been publicly portrayed before them!

** What does Paul mean by "portrayed"?

Lit: "to write before". The gospel had been so vividly presented to them that they could see and clearly understand the truth of Christs' crucifixion and the impact it had upon their sin.

V. 2 ** How does Paul draw them out of their confusing, theological fog and into the clarity of the truth?

By making them recall how they were saved!

** Have you ever noticed that when things are going wrong or you do not understand what is happening in your life, that simply being reminded of God's truth can set you back on course again?

The apostle Peter clearly understood that principle and used it as a basis for his second letter.
All see - 2Peter 1:12-13, 3:1-2

** Well, back in Galatians 3:2 what is the obvious answer to Paul's rhetorical question?

They had received the Spirit, or become saved, by "Hearing with Faith".

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