Galatians 4:15-16. “Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? ”
There really is nothing new under the sun. So many times, we would rather believe the lie than the truth, even when it is Truth that sets us free! Why? Sin works in us all the time to keep us from the truth. Never forget, we have an enemy who is first and foremost God’s enemy.
Can you hear the hurt in Paul’s words? “There was a time when you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me because I brought you truth, and you loved me for it. Now, it seems, I am your enemy for the very same reason–I told you truth!”
The judaizers had done a really good job of making the Galatians doubt Paul, doubt his teaching, doubt his apostleship. The plan they offered instead appealed to them because it gave them some control, some power, to gain heaven by their own works.
It takes a little humility to acknowledge that there is nothing at all we can do that makes us good enough for God to overlook our sin and accept us into His heaven. All the systems man has devised to work his way into heaven are nothing to God.
6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.