The last time I read Galatians 1-3, I was thinking more about the people that Paul was so concerned about. They were deserting the faith ( 1:6) and Paul was fearing that he may have wasted his efforts on them (4:11).
This time however, I was thinking more about Paul. How frustrated he must have been when he heard that these Christians were being “thrown into confusion” by people who were perverting the gospel of Christ (1:7).
I can imagine his frustration! He had to take all three chapters we read today to defend his credentials and establish his authority to speak the gospel in truth.
Fortunately for him, he didn’t live in our politically correct world. He could say exactly what is on his heart, which probably wouldn’t go over well today! “You foolish Gentiles! Who has bewitched you?” (3:1) Boy…, I have wanted to say that same thing to some people I know who are buying into the world’s teaching on some current social issues! They are willing to bend or change what the Bible says to fit what our current society says is right.
Paul had some good advice to Christians everywhere who are dealing with that problem. I was reminded of the verse when I read a posted comment yesterday. The verse is so applicable to us today, I thought I would share it again.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
Thanks God, for giving us Paul’s radical example. Help us to be like that!