For Paul, the idea that works is a means of maturity is like a type of dark magic. It is an intoxicating spell that is forbidden and dangerous. Given Paul’s pharisaical background, this is understandable. All the effort he put into being right with God through the law only made him into a worse sinner. It would’ve been an extreme transformation to live by faith alone. He took years of self study before embarking on his corrective crusade and in that time, it was revealed to him that faith wasn’t new but that it was an older and deeper kind of magic. Humans often view this as weakness and intellectualism, but Paul points out that living by faith is actually very pragmatic. Unfortunately, this can only be personally learned by experience one does not yet have. Perhaps this is what Paul meant by calling faith ,”the evidence of things unseen.” In either case, faith is the engine of discipleship. It is the nature of the narrow path. When we walk in works, we are living bewitched by a lie. Faith isn’t merely for starting our journey, it is a new way of being while on it.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts