I am reading the book, Spurgeon on the Holy Spirit, by Charles Spurgeon. Our elder gives books to the families in our church to read and learn from. These are my notes and summary from chapter one of the book. I will be posting my notes and chapter summaries for each chapter.
"O foolish Galatians, are you so foolish? having begun in the spirit, are you now you made perfect by the flesh?" Gal. 3:3
Who are the Galatians? They are the people from Galatia but in this present time they may represent us and we can learn from what Paul said to them. This book starts from our helplessness to God’s forgiveness of our sins. We may think that we are good and maybe even righteous! But this is not true." As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one." Romans 3:10. The only One righteous is God the Father. And He is the only One that can save us from the fires of hell. This chapter talks about our sinful nature, and how only God is perfect. He is the only that can truly save us.
The Galatians in this verse are not satisfied with God's help and they want more than that. These are human’s sinful lusts. When we obey the Lord's commandment, the Lord will bless us. Though His blessing will be upon us in this world our greatest reward will be to see His face in heaven and to never leave His side and to worship Him all day because in heaven there will be no night. But that does not mean that our lives will be easy, no, our lives might be even harder being a Christian than being an unsaved person. However we are still not better than the unsaved people in this world. No, we always have to go to God over and over again for mercy.
Spurgeon then writes about how we cannot be saved if the Holy Spirit does not touch our spirit to be saved. It is impossible to be saved without the work of the Holy Spirit. The best preacher in the world can preach his best sermon to someone and not convince him to be saved if the Holy Spirit is not urging the person’s soul to do so.