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Galatians 3:1 asks who has bewitched (witchcraft–evil eyed) you to turn you from the Holy Spirit to legalism and the flesh. This audio discusses the meaning of witchcraft with respect to these verses in Galatians–the deadliest and mostly unknown but common form of spiritual manipulation, intimidation and domination- that comes through a person and from an illegitimate power source (satan).
Notice that law and flesh mean the same: look at verses 2 and 3:
3 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched [baskaino] you, that ye should not obey the truth [aletheia], before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you.
1) to speak ill of one, to slander, traduce him
2) to bring evil on one by feigning praise or an evil eye
3) to charm, to bewitch
Traduce means: to tell lies about (someone); to expose to shame or blame by means of falsehood and misrepresentation
1) objectively (what is going on around you)
1a) what is true in any matter under consideration
1a1) truly, in truth, according to truth
1a2) of a truth, in reality, in fact, certainly
1b) what is true in things appertaining to God and the duties
of man, moral and religious truth
2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith [pistis]?
1) conviction of the truth of anything, belief; in the NT of a
conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and
divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and
holy fervour born of faith and joined with it
1a) relating to God
1a1) the conviction that God exists and is the creator and
ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal
salvation through Christ
1b) relating to Christ
1b1) a strong and welcome conviction or belief that Jesus is
the Messiah, through whom we obtain eternal salvation in
the kingdom of God
1c) the religious beliefs of Christians
1d) belief with the predominate idea of trust (or confidence)
whether in God or in Christ, springing from faith in the same
2) fidelity, faithfulness
2a) the character of one who can be relied on
3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh [sarx]?
1) flesh (the soft substance of the living body, which covers
the bones and is permeated with blood) of both man and beasts
2) the body
2a) the body of a man
2b) used of natural or physical origin, generation or
2b1) born of natural generation
2c) the sensuous nature of man, “the animal nature”
2c1) without any suggestion of depravity
2c2) the animal nature with cravings which incite to sin
2c3) the physical nature of man as subject to suffering
3) a living creature (because possessed of a body of flesh)
whether man or beast
4) the flesh, denotes mere human nature, the earthly nature of man apart
from divine influence, and therefore prone to sin and opposed to God
4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain [eike].
1) inconsiderably, without purpose, without just cause
2) in vain
2a) without success or effort
5 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?
6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse [katara]: for it is written, Cursed [epikataratos] is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
1) an execration, imprecation, curse
1) accursed, execrable, exposed to divine vengeance, lying under
It is highly recommended you read the remainder of Galatians 3.