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False teachers
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Last week it was discussed how occasions occurred when false teachers had tried to rob God’s people of their salvation. In the New Testament the apostle Paul wrote to the people at Galatia to warn them of this possibility. He had shared the good news with them, he had shown them the way of salvation and now they were following a different way. He wrote, “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” (Gal. 3:1- 5).

Paul knew that the “thief” had taken away their understanding. He was working to show them the way back. The “abundant life” was being offered to them. He told them, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Gal. 5:1). The “abundant life” offered to these people eternal life and they were in danger of losing their opportunity.

Today Christians must be cognizant of this possibility.

Those at Galatia who had not been overcome by the false teachers were shown by Paul another of the blessing of the “abundant life”. They were to restore the erring in a spirit of meekness less they be tempted, and to bear one another’s burdens. God’s love was not only for them but for the sinner. It would have been easy for them to begin to think they were better than those who had been ensnared by the false teachers.

This admonition of Paul showed the attitude and love they were to have for each other, even as Christ had loved them.

Had they not shown this love they would have been guilty of sin, and this would have defeated their trying to hold the line of faithfulness.

God has never left His people defenseless. There have been those who boldly proclaimed the truth of God’s word. Prophets and leaders God sent to His people to guide them. The Major and Minor prophets record how that as the people of God had followed false teachers these prophets called for them to turn back to God. These men of God worked to show the people the “abundant life” that could be theirs. Most of the prophets were persecuted by the people (Acts 7:52), but they continued as long as possible to proclaim the message of God.

When Christ came proclaiming His message of salvation people refused to believe and crucified Him. His apostles whom He sent out into the world (Acts 1:8) proclaimed His message to the world.

False teachers persecuted them, yet they continued their preaching. God’s word must be taught by those seeking salvation.

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