RICHARD DEAN BROOKS
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE
2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 4 Have you experienced so much in vain—if it was in vain? 5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?
3:5 The Galatians knew that they had received the Holy Spirit when they believed, not when they obeyed the law. People still feel insecure in their faith because faith alone seems too easy. People still try to get closer to God by following rules. While certain disciplines (Bible study, prayer) and service may help us grow, they must not take the place of the Holy Spirit in us or become ends in themselves. By asking these questions, Paul hoped to get the Galatians to focus again on Christ as the foundation of their faith. 3:5 The Holy Spirit gives Christians great power to live for God. Some Christians want more than this. They want to live in a state of perpetual excitement. The tedium of everyday living leads them to conclude that something is wrong spiritually. Often the Holy Spirit’s greatest work is teaching us to persist, to keep on doing what is right even when it no longer seems interesting or exciting. The Galatians quickly turned from Paul’s gospel to the teachings of the newest teachers in town; what they needed was the Holy Spirit’s gift of persistence. If the Christian life seems ordinary, you may need the Spirit to stir you up. Every day offers a challenge to live for Christ. Tyndale. Life Application Study Bible NIV. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Does believing and trusting in Christ seem to easy? That in its self is a mystery. But when you truly believe in what Jesus did in His life and what He did on the cross and His resurrection and ascension with His promise to build us a home and return for us. Then it is not such a mystery, and it becomes simple to do His will. Life may not be easy, and He said we would suffer for His sake. But we now know that we have eternal life to a home in Heaven waiting for us after we have lived a life for Him and living according to His word and His will with Holy Spirit guiding us every day. ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS knowing that you know that believing in Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life with God.