KEY SCRIPTURE: Galatians 3:3 KJV” Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”
The brethren in Galatia were seriously reprimanded by Apostle Paul about their swift turn to the flesh. They had been introduced to the faith by receiving the word concerning Jesus death and resurrection. Some Jewish believers taught them that it was not enough to believe in the Lord Jesus for justification, they must also be circumcised to complete their salvation. They believed it and started teaching that They had begun in the Spirit yet they were seeking perfection through the flesh. Most people are not comfortable just to believe to be justified, they want to do something for justification. This is very unfortunate. Justification or being declared righteous is only by faith, never by what we do. Romans 5:1. Adam and Eve fell from grace because they were not satisfied in believing what God had done for them, they wanted to do something, so they would be like God (Gen 3:1-7)
The issue of circumcision is not a big matter these times yet there are some subtle ways that many Christians leave the spirit for the flesh. Throughout the Bible, men of God have used various tokens to minister the power of the Spirit. Some of these tokens include, the anointing oil, anointed water, handkerchiefs and mantles and many more. The danger in this is when people make fetishes out of these tokens. They worship it, rather than believing in God. . All these are means of forsaking the spirit for the flesh.
One other way of forsaking the Spirit for the flesh, is when they have to see before believing. When Thomas missed the appearing of Jesus to the disciples, after His resurrection, he said the following.in John 20:25 KJV “The other disciples therefore said unto him, we have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.” By Thomas’ confession he had decided to function solely in the flesh. Many children of God behave this way. The Lord said blessed are those who have not seen yet have believed. God lives in the Spirit realm, and will only relate with us from the Spirit. STAY IN THE SPIRIT.
I live in the Spirit. The spirit realm is God’s realm. I access the spirit realm by believing God’s word. I do not permit anything to draw me from this place of trusting God’s word and placing my confidence in the finished work of my Lord Jesus.
2 Corinth 5:7 KJV” (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”
Galatians 5:4 KJV” Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace”.