The Gospel’s Resource: The Holy Spirit
In their thinking, the Children of Israel believed they should be like all the other nations, so they demanded a king. In his thinking, Elijah believed he was the only true prophet alive, so, out of fear of Jezebel, he went into hiding. King Solomon believed he would find happiness in one more wife or concubine, so he clung to 700 wives and 300 concubines. Saul of Tarsus believed he was serving God implicitly, so he killed all who were believing and following Jesus Christ. What do all of these illustrations demonstrate? The power of thinking, leads to believing, which determines living; this can produce disastrous results.
Paul is flabbergasted at the abrupt shift of the thinking of the believers because of the unexpected abandonment of their belief system. Through the strong appeal of the “evil eye” of the elitist Jewish believers, these believers lost sight in the sufficiency of the crucified Christ. Paul answers this deceptive distortion with five rhetorical questions that are intended to stop their wrong thinking, believing, and living. These weighty questions grab their attention to stop and remember that the evidence of their genuine salvation came by their experience of the Gospel’s resource—the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the answer to:
1. The question of deception – Galatians 3:1
- Illumination (1 Cor. 2:4, 12)
2. The question of reception – Galatians 3:2
- Regeneration (John 6:63, 65)
3. The question of conversion – Galatians 3:3
- Sanctification (Gal. 4:6; 5:16-26)
4. The question of rejection – Galatians 3:4
- Advocate (Jn. 14:16)
5. The question of application – Galatians 3:5-6
- Baptism of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13; Rom. 8:9)