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Galatians 3:1-5Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
Gal 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Gal 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
Gal 3:4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
Gal 3:5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
First off, I'm NOT saying I know this as 100% fact - however, I do feel this passage is somewhat misunderstood.
The common interpretation of this seems to be that believers in Galatians were deceived into thinking they had to add "works" per se(so they can perfect themselves, their salvation, or whatever).
1) Look at the word faith in this passage - remember faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the WORD OF GOD(Romans 10:17), which the Galatians seemed to have abandoned(and I've been guilty of this too).
2) Look at the phrase "works of the law" - now let's COMPARE SCRIPTURE WITH SCRIPTURE...
Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Gal 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Notice what it says here - when we WALK IN THE SPIRIT, we are NOT under the law. Otherwise, when we walk in the FLESH, we PUT ourselves under the law!
So in conclusion(like I said, I'm not saying I'm 100% correct about this) - I believe the context of Galatians 3:1-5 is telling believers to NOT walk in the flesh, b/c if they do they will NOT be able to do anything of themselves(but will fulfil the lusts thereof).
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.