No one can have a spiritual awakening unless they first experience a spiritual imprisonment. The Galatian Christians were soon removed from the Gospel of grace (2). They knew about it, but they had not allowed the grace of God to be established in their hearts. Contrarily, the apostle Paul states, “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by His grace” (Galatians 1:15). Paul became a proponent of the Gospel of grace like he had previously been a Pharisee to the law.
The Lord brought many spiritual imprisonments into his life. What would these imprisonments be for a Christian in today’s society? Paul was separated from his natural origin and became a “Pharisee unto grace.” Paul had God’s grace revealed unto him, and he simply passed it on to those whom he met in his missionary journeys.
Let the Lord make us prisoners to His grace. This means that unrighteous thoughts are no longer left unchecked in our mental attitude. It means that by grace we are saved, and only by grace will we be able to serve God acceptably in our daily lives. Remember what Paul said, “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called” (Ephesians 4:1).
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