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ARE YOU A WISE BELIEVER?
Eric Aboadwe    [email]    ( Ghana ) 2018-04-21     Views : 146     Touched : 30
ARE YOU A WISE BELIEVER?

Our Scripture reading in our new study series is taken from Galatians where it is written:

“O FOOLISH Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the TRUTH, before whose eyes JESUS CHRIST was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the WORKS of the LAW, or by hearing of FAITH? Are you so FOOLISH? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the FLESH?” (Galatians 3:1-3).

We THANK our Creator and Saviour Who satisfies us with “GOOD things” which comes from His Word, so that our youth is renewed like the eagle (Psalm 103:5). To be honest, when I am preparing the messages, I personally do not know what the next topic will be, but our God gives us as it seems good in His sight, and He enable us to learn more by expounding on a particular passage of Scripture.

JESUS is the LORD of the Scripture. This is because He is the Word (John 1:1), and He is the One who takes us through them by His “Spirit” who TEACHES us all things and bringing into our REMEMBRANCE all that He told us (John 14:26) as revealed in the four Synoptic GOSPEL (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and through His anointed Apostles and Prophets from both the Old and the New Testament.

Our study topic which is in a form of a question is a very IMPORTANT question. It says, “ARE YOU ARE WISE BELIEVER?” However, whether our answer is “YES” or “NO” must be based on the Holy Scriptures which has no defects or blemishes, and which makes no mistake. This is because our own criteria of judging who is “WISE” and who is a “FOOL” is completely different from how God “SEES” and judges just as He told Samuel the Prophet (1 Samuel 16:7).

Throughout the Bible, one person whose acts or deeds compelled many people to label him as “FOOLISH” is none other than King Solomon. And their bases for labeling him as such is because they just cannot fathom why he had 700 wives and 300 concubines (1 Kings 11:3). But through our subsequent studies, you will see that still Solomon is far BETTER and “WISE” than the majority of Christians of today.

In other words, our Scripture reading in Galatians will prove to us that even Solomon was “WISE” than many of his ACCUSERS of today in Christendom. And as we proceed further in our studies, you will see that many Christians have also married MANY women spiritually which is even more “FOOLISH” and DANGEROUS than what King Solomon did.

Now I want us to look at the REASONS why the Apostle Paul and for that matter the “Word” of God labelled the Galatians as “FOOLISH” believers even though they accepted JESUS as their Lord and personal Saviour.

First of all, Paul began by saying, “O FOOLISH Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the TRUTH.” Here we must understand that the “TRUTH” refers to JESUS CHRIST according His own words in John 14:6. Therefore Paul was saying that any believer or Christian who does not “obey the TRUTH” which says that JESUS “came by water and blood” (1 John 5:6) to SAVE us by “GRACE” (Ephesians 2:8) is actually the most “FOOLISH” person ever.

Secondly, the REASON why Paul labelled the Galatians as “FOOLISH” believers is because of his second (2nd) rhetorical question when he told them, “This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the WORKS of the LAW, or by hearing of FAITH?” Here Paul was saying that any believer or Christians who attempts to received the Holy Spirit by trying to achieve “holiness” through the “WORKS” of the “LAW” of Moses is also a “FOOLISH” believer.

Not only this, but we must also know that those who attempt to receive “the Spirit” through their own “WORKS” such as fasting and prayers are also “FOOLISH.” In other words, Christians who do not believe in the SALVATION of JESUS CHRIST by the “hearing of FAITH” are the ones who live in the highest level of STUPIDITY. This is exactly how the “Word” of God describes such believers. It is according to the “Word” of God and not according to Brother Eric.

Thirdly, the REASON why Paul labelled the Galatians as “FOOLISH” believers is because of his third (3rd) rhetorical question when he asked them, “Are you so FOOLISH? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the FLESH?” Here we can see the WISDOM of Apostle Paul. He was a “WISE” believer and a “WISE” Apostle because he drew the clear line of demarcation between “the Spirit” and the “the FLESH.”

The Apostle Paul never made that mistake to mix the things of the “Spirit” which is according to “FAITH” and the things of the “FLESH” which according to “WORKS” together. But rather he separated these two things, and he WORSHIPED God by “FAITH” in the things of the “Spirit.” That’s why he told us in Romans, “I thank God – through JESUS CHRIST our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the LAW of God, but with the FLESH the Law of SIN” (Romans 7:25).

This the reason why Paul and all the Apostles of CHRIST were very “WISE.” But what about the Galatians? They were very “FOOLISH!” Why? Because they did not “serve” the “LAW” of God with their “mind,” but they attempted to serve the holy “LAW” of the Most High with their “FLESH” which is impossible for any man to achieve.

What about the Christians of today? In fact most of them are also “FOOLISH” just like the Galatians who appear in our main passage of Scripture reading. Majority of Christens are just like Nicodemus. When JESUS told him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is BORN AGAIN, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God” (John 3:5), Nicodemus replied, “How can a man be BORN when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be BORN?” (John 3:4).

Here in the above passage, we can see that even though Nicodemus was a great Rabbi among the Jews, his “FOOLISHNESS” was revealed in his reply to JESUS. He was really a “FOOLISH” Rabbi. But thanks to JESUS who helped Nicodemus to understand the whole concept when he told him, “Unless one is BORN AGAIN of the water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. That which is BORN of the FLESH is FLESH, and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit” (John 3:4-6).

So here, we can see that JESUS also drew the clear line of demarcation to Nicodemus, and He told him that he (Nicodemus) must not mix being born of the “FLESH” with being “BORN AGAIN” of His water and the Spirit which are parallel to each other because they can never meet or intersect. This was the main PROBLEM with Galatians and many Christians of today whose “BORN AGAIN” is according to their performance in obeying the “LAW” with their “FLESH” which is more stinky than excreta (faeces, sweat, and urine).

If human excreta such as faeces, sweat, and urine is in the “FLESH,” can it obey the Holy and just “LAW” of the Lord God Almighty? After the FALL of man, our bodies were degenerated into this state of hopelessness, and nothing can CHANGE it unless our “soul” is “BORN AGAIN” through the BAPTISM, the BLOOD and RESURRECTION of CHRIST.

We must all be Christians who are “WISE” and not “FOOLISH.” This is because whether we are spiritually “WISE” or “FOOLISH” will determine whether we will enter the “Kingdom of God” or not. The reason for this is because those who are spiritually “FOOLISH” will be DECEIVED by Satan just as he did to the Galatians, and he will take such people along with him to hell.

Our study continues...........

 

 
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