Isaiah 53:10-11; Psalms 33:4-5,18-20,22; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45
It has been said that “millions of Christians live in a sentimental haze of vague piety, demanding little except lip service to a few harmless platitudes. It is much safer, from Satan’s point of view, to vaccinate a person with a mild case of Christianity so as to protect that person from the real disease.”1
When the Apostle Paul wrote his “Letter to the Galatians,” he was concerned that they had contracted only a mild case of Christianity. Even though the people of that Church had heard the Gospel preached, it was apparent that it was not making a real difference in their lives. They were “keeping the faith” on a very superficial level, in their Church-going and in their show of allegiance to the Law. But they had not been grasped by the Grace of God’s love at a level deep enough to make a real difference in their lives and in their relationships. Paul, therefore, says to them:
“My brothers, you were…
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