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"You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?

—Galatians 3:1-5


It is the distinctive mark of the flesh. In the field of religion, it seeks to perform righteous acts without depending on the supernatural grace of God. No matter how good its intentions, the final product will always be an Ishmael, not an Isaac. The outcome of all [flesh effort] is described as "dead works," from which God requires us to repent. 

A person of this kind has experienced God's supernatural grace and power, but then turns back to relying on his own natural ability. His conduct reveals that he has more confidence on what he can do for himself than what God can do for him. He has in fact, snubbed God. 


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