Galatians 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?”
Here comes the doctrine! I love doctrine. Without it, our faith would be shallow indeed. Doctrine is never boring; it is that which teaches us, uplifts us, and brings us to a fuller understanding of all that Christ is.
Here’s a paraphrase of this first verse in chapter 3: “How is it that you seem to have come under a sort of spell, so that you have lost your grasp of the truth and your hearts and minds have become clouded by error?”
That’s what error does. Error often comes wrapped in fancy paper, tied with a lovely bow. It’s appealing. It intrigues us. It gives us the warm fuzzies, and stirs our emotions.It’s what makes some television preachers appealing–they promise all sorts of good things if we just have faith. They don’t however, always dwell much on the rich truths of the doctrine of Jesus Christ, because then they’d have to talk about sin and salvation and heaven and hell. Not popular topics.
Next time, we’ll start looking at the lie that has been perpetuated on the Galatians by the deceivers who have seemed to bewitch them.