The church of Galatia was truly blessed by God and experienced some wonderful things because of their faith. They also went through some suffering for it. However, both the suffering they endured and the blessings they experienced served as reminders that God’s hand was on them by faith in Christ.
But that’s when trouble reared it’s ugly head seeking to weaken them internally. Apparently, a person or persons came in their midst and told them they weren’t living up to their potential because they weren’t following prescribed religious works of the law. These fakes talked them down from their faith. The Galatians proved to be easy targets even after experiencing the manifestations of the Spirit, including miracles, by their faith. After all they went through and witnessed, how could they be so easily misinformed? Paul wondered the same things and confronted them with the following:
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth … ? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Gal. 3:1, 3-5
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. … Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? Gal. 5: 4,7
As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. … And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Gal. 6: 12-14, 16-17
Paul got to the heart of the matter when it comes to fakes who would talk us down from our faith. They will argue that we must hold to some law to be enlightened or obtain a higher level–whether it’s the atheist who says we must only hold to the laws of science and reason or a new ager who claims we must embrace laws of the spirit realm of all religions or a Hebrew Roots follower telling us to legalistically follow the Old Testament–their motive is to get us to bow to their demands to puff themselves up in their pride to glorify themselves. Ironically, while they demand us to strictly abide by their laws, they don’t strictly abide by the laws themselves.
So our response should be like Paul’s when they approach. He knew what he had personally witnessed in his own life by faith in Christ and no one could tell him faith in Christ wasn’t the real deal. He even had the scars on his own body to prove how genuine his suffering for Christ had been, so he ordered the Galatians not to let anyone bother him any more with demands about salvation by legalistic works.