Text: Galatians 3:1-6 (HCSB)
1 You foolish Galatians! Who has hypnotized you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was vividly portrayed as crucified? 2 I only want to learn this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now going to be made complete by the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so much for nothing—if in fact it was for nothing? 5 So then, does God supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law or by hearing with faith? 6 Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness.”
Intro: “You foolish Galatians! Well that leaves us out, right? Were not foolish Galatians, or are we? Could this text be aimed right at you and your thinking it missed you, you thought, but in reality it hit you right in the center of your being. The bible is full of information about the effect and the change that takes place in a person’s life when they receive Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to control. The Holy Spirit is a person that has intellect, emotions, and a will. And the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity! Titus 3:5 (NLT) “he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.”
The Holy Spirit washed away our sins and gave us new life. This new life guided by the Holy Spirit takes up residence in the believer. We are bought with a price and therefore we are to glorify God in your body. The Holy Spirit seals the believer for the day of redemption. 1 Corinthians 12:13 “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.”
Application: The Holy Spirit can keep you from defecting.
We become a part of the body of Christ and that should mean something! How can we desert such a great unity of the spirit unless we have defected! Maybe the question that needs to be asked: How can I know whether or not the Holy Spirit is within me?
1. The Presence of the Holy Spirit Produces Faith: 3:1-9
The Christian life begins with faith, Paul had been to Galatia and many had believed there had been evidence of their new life. The Holy Spirit will draw you to faith in Christ. Some of these new converts at Galatia had concluded that keeping the law was necessary and here is a mistake of many cults. The law is fulfilled in Christ, the Holy Spirit comes in response to faith, and He matures our faith. One way our faith is matured is through written Word. In the bible when the prophets spoke they spoke with authority by the power of God and the indwelling spirit guiding.
2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness.”
In the book of John Jesus told His disciples that the counselor would come and teach them all things, this is the Holy Spirit!
Jesus was at work with: Revelation, Inspiration, Illumination
He increases our faith by revealing Christ in the living word. This is the promise of our Lord. John 16:13-14 “When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak whatever He hears. He will also declare to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify Me, because He will take from what is Mine and declare it to you.” The more we know of Jesus, the stronger our faith!
2. The Presence of the Holy Spirit Produces a Fight: Galatians 5:17
“For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want.”
Let me tell you what is real, at the moment of conversion you have peace, spiritual life has come, fellowship with God becomes a reality! That’s all during the honeymoon but soon and very soon for some we are in a war. In the book of Timothy we are told to “Fight the good fight for the faith; take hold of eternal life, to which you were called and have made a good confession before many witnesses.” And hopefully we can say as Paul has said: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
I think it is difficult for many to believe we are at war with the devil when we allow the spirit of God to have control of our life. Ephesians 6:11-12 “Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. 12 For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.” We are at war with the devil and with the flesh.
There is a conflict with the spirit and the Old Sin Nature, “For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”
I have always referred to this conflict as a tug a war of good versus evil and if you blink an eye you might allow the flesh to take control. So how do we stay victorious in this battle?
- By feeding the new nature on the Word of God
- By yielding to the Holy Spirit
3. The Presence of the Holy Spirit Produces Fruit: Galatians 5:22-23
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
If you every want to see who is winning in this battle of the flesh and its sinful nature or the spirit and the power of God. There are things that the Holy Spirit wants to produce in us: First in relation to God … love, joy, peace. Second in relation to fellowman … longsuffering, gentleness, goodness and thirdly, in relation to ourselves … faith, meekness, self-control.
What is the Holy Spirit Producing in You? By Yielding to him, we become Fruitful!
Are you using what God gave you?
Are text today uses the word (foolish) and this word foolish does not suggest mental deficiency but mental laziness and carelessness. The believers in Galatia were not stupid; they simply failed to use their spiritual intelligence when faced by the unscriptural, gospel-destroying teaching of the Judaizers. They were not using their heads. Foolishness: Is a wrong attitude of heart, and a lack of faith that clouds judgment.
The Holy Spirit is not the goal of the Christian life but is its source. He is not the product of faithful living but is the power behind it. A higher level of living does not bring the Holy Spirit; rather submission to the Holy Spirit, who already indwell-s the believer, includes a higher level of living. 1 John 1:9
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