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Resisting the Bewitching
March 05, 2017      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons

Are you walking cursed or blessed?  That depends on whether you have been seduced by a "spirit of religion" or not.  Sam shares insights into "bewitching" as Paul called out the Galatians in chapter 3 of his letter to them.

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Galatians 3:1-14
1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.
2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?
3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?
4 Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?
5 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith—
6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?
7 Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.
8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.”
9 So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”
11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”
12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.”
13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—
14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

"to cast an evil spell, wishing injury upon someone; to bewitch") – properly, to exercise evil power over someone, like putting them under a spell; (used only in Gal 3:1); (figuratively) captivate ("be spellbinding"), appealing to someone's vanity and selfishness; "to blight by the evil eye, bewitch" (Abbott-Smith).

[In classical Greek, Aristotle used the same word for "bewitching through the use of an evil power." That is, putting someone under a spell so they no longer could think (act) according to reason.

To bewitch is to put under a blinding spell by evil power, in other words to bring under a curse.

Curse: Under an evil influence that leads to being given up, or barrenness. Generally, the opposite of being blessed.
Blessing: Under a good influence that leads to being kept, or being bountiful.

Are you walking cursed or blessed?  That depends on whether you have been Bewitched or not.

Paul saw the Galatians believers as those who were bewitched and thus living under a curse.

What was the nature of the “bewitching” among the Galatians?
They had simply been seduced by a “spirit of religion” to take their salvation and sanctification into their own hands and efforts.

This was a rejection of the blessing offered by beginning and continuing in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

Resisting the Bewitching is to uncompromisingly depend upon the grace of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit from the beginning of our faith and all the way through our life.

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