As we walk in the fullness of the Holy Spirit’s Baptism, Christ will become increasingly significant and precious to us. Conversely, we short-circuit our rebirth’s wiring when we walk in the flesh. As a result, Christ will become less precious to us.
For sure, how much value we place in Christ will be indicative of where we are spiritually. Even though it is the Holy Spirit’s job to oversee our spiritual growth, we must cooperate with Him. Our cooperation allows Him to glorify Christ in us by maturing our spiritual lives (transforming us into Christ’s image) by moving us from one spiritual level of glory to another.
The higher the Holy Spirit takes us, the more precious Christ becomes to us, and the more we want to meditate on God’s Word. The more we meditate on His Word, the more we learn about Christ’s beauty and majesty. The more we learn about Christ’s beauty and majesty, the more we want to become like Him. Reflecting the highest level of glory in Christ (becoming Christ-like) is what Apostle Paul wanted for the Galatians, even more so now that his evangelistic efforts had become fruitless in them, because Apostle Paul’s honesty about their ungodly living made him their enemy (cf. Galatians 4:16).
As their spiritual father, Apostle Paul vowed to suffer the pains of their spiritual childbirth again and again until the Galatians remembered how they once received him, even with his failing eyesight. The Galatians once loved the Apostle Paul so much that they offered to give him their eyes so that he could see better (cf. Galatians 4:15). Thus, if the Galatians returned to their Christian roots–returned to their past love for the true Gospel the apostle taught them and their past love for him–Apostle Paul believed that the Galatians spiritually would see that the Judaizers among them were the ones who were their real enemies, for the Judaizers taught salvation by works!
Apostle Paul maintained that if the Galatians stopped trying to sanctify themselves with their human works and genuinely renewed their trust in God’s Holy Spirit, they would begin to grow again, from glory to glory. Likewise, today’s spiritually childish believes must return to their Christian roots before they can become Christ-like. AMEN.
“My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you” (Galatians 4:19, KJV; cf. 1 Corinthians 4:15).