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Verse 2: “This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?”

Have you ever seen the TV game show on ABC called Wipeout? It’s the very physically-challenging, wildly manic game show where contestants have to run crazy obstacle courses (all the time over water). From start to finish they have to navigate obstacle laden paths. Along the first path (called the qualifying round), things that look sure and solid can fold, rise, drop, flip, or pummel you…most times into falling off the pathway into the water. Sometimes watching some of these contestants, (some less successful than others) I have to wonder, “why don’t they just take a few steps and make a flying leap on their own into the water to complete the qualifying round? It’s about the only sure thing that’s going to happen to them. If you’re going to get wet, why get pummeled on the way?”

Paul was incredulous that the Galatians were suckered into the Judaizers’ Law plan as an additional requirement to salvation. Paul himself had taught them that the grace of Jesus was sufficient. He even asked them in several rhetorical questions, “how did you receive the Spirit?” It’s analogous to him almost asking, “Did you have to jump through a lot of legal hoops and obstacles, sometimes falling into the water, just to be saved? You realize there is an easier path than the must-keep-all-the-laws path…and you know what it is.”

That easier path is Jesus…in fact, it’s the only path.

Something to think about.

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