READ : Galatians 3:1-14
Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? (v. 2 NIV)
Paul is frustrated with the Galatians. “You crazy Galatians!” he says. “Have you taken leave of your senses?” (The Message). He adds, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you have heard?” Paul’s expected answer is that the Holy Spirit does not come as a result of obeying the law, but by hearing and believing the gospel.
Obviously, the Holy Spirit was extremely important in the lives of believers in the early church. But Christians today often seem confused and vague about the Holy Spirit. Dorothy Sayers tells of a Japanese man who was converted to the Christian faith. “Honorable Father, very good,” he said to his missionary teacher. “Honorable Son, very good. But honorable Bird, I do not understand at all.” His lack of understanding about the Holy Spirit is quite typical.
In Paul’s day Christians knew the Holy Spirit. They experienced his power and guidance. We should never forget that the Holy Spirit belongs to all who come to faith in Christ – not just a few special believers. What a difference the Spirit’s presence can make in our lives when we open ourselves to his ministry.
Holy Spirit, help me to experience your powerful presence in my life today and every day. Amen.