Galatians 4:8-11…8 However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods. 9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.
Paul was writing to the recent believers in Jesus in Galatia and us today that had been saved by faith in Jesus alone. They had been slaves to sin and imprisoned by their sinful behaviors that resulted from believing in idols or false gods.
However, after Paul left the Judaizers came in telling them that faith alone was not enough for salvation but in addition works of the law were required. The Galatian Disciples had reverted back to their sinful behaviors. Paul’s reaction was “I fear for you”.
Lest we are critical of the Galatians; Disciples A like you and me are susceptible to the same behavior. We recognize we are saved by faith alone in Jesus but then slip into thinking that we can walk in our own strength. It is impossible to permanently change behaviors without the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible is very clear that the Disciple must pursue personal disciplines while walking by the Spirit in faith. B
Notes: A- “Disciples” or “Christians”? ; B- Romans 12:2, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Galatians 5:16,22-25; Ephesians 6:10, Philippines 4:13,19; 2 Timothy 1:7, 1 Peter 5:6-7; 2 Peter 1:3-7; James 4:7