Who Hath Bewitched Us?

BY REV. S. P. LOG, A. M
Gal. 3:15-22.
BRETHRE, 1 speak after the manner of men: Though it be but
a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth,
or addeth thereto. ow to Abraham and his seed were the
promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many, but as of one,
And to thy seed, which is Christ. And this I say, that the covenant,
that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four
hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the
promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no
more of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise. Wherefore
then servelh the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the
seed should come to whom the promise was made ; and it was ordained
by angels in the hand of a mediator. ow a mediator is not a mediator
of one, but God is one. Is the law then against the promises of God?
God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given
life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the Scrip-
ture halh concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus
Christ might be given to them that believe.
Sanctify us, O Lord, through Thy truth:
Thy Word is truth. Amen.
Beloved in Christ : —
This world is full of unthankful people. People who
ought to enjoy the liberty they have do not appreciate it.
I think the most unthankful student I ever saw was one
who was constantly supported by the church, an object of
charity — always complaining that the meals were not
fit to eat, and yet I had the pleasure of staying all night
at his home, and while I have never complained about any
meals in my life, I must say those Avere the poorest meals
I ever ate; they came from the home of the boy who was
constantly complaining that the good meals of charity
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were not fit to eat. This young man was only a picture
of thousands in our own country, however. We find men
who are complaining about the wages of the country, com-
plaining about the privileges of this land, and this and
that, and yet they came from places in the old country
where they could not earn one-third what they can here,
and their homes were not nearly as good as they are here.
Oh, the unthankful immigrants of our land !
Let us not forget that this is human nature. There
were the slaves of Egypt, working under the lash of Phar-
aoh's subjects. Those men were constantly complaining
about their hard trials, and when God finally heard their
prayers and sent Moses to deliver them, and they had
crossed the Red Sea in safety, and were receiving bread
from heaven every day, what did they do but murmur and
complain and long to go back to slavery again! Unthank-
ful Israelites!
In our OAvn te:sit we find that the Galatians were a
people to whom God sent the bread of life through the
apostle Paul; they had been edified and learned to appre-
ciate the Gospel, but it was only a short time until
they were again willing to go back into the bondage of sin,
and consequently Paul begins this chapter with the strik-
ing phrase: "Oh, foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched
you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes
Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among
you?"
We might well say in these days that there are many
foolish moralists, men who are trying to get to heaven by
the fulfilling of the law, when they know that they can-
not be saved by the law, but only by the Gospel ; and these
moralists are not all found outside of the church. It is
a question whether we are not all more or less Pharisees,
more or less given to the idea that after all we shall earn
our own salvation. I might call out this evening in the
language of the apostle Paul : Who hath bewitched us?
That will be our question tonight, which we desire to
answer. May the Holy Spirit help us to see ourselves as
we are, and to appreciate the libertj^ of the true Gospel.
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WHO HATH BEWITCHED US?
I. We know the truth.
II. Why do we not obey the truth?
I. We know the truth. Paul cried out : '^Oh, fool-
ish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not
obey the truth?'' and shows them that the truth had evi-
dently been set before them. They knew it, and we know
it. There are some things that we know. We know the
truth of the law, and we know the truth of the Gospel.
As to the law, we know how we got it ; we know what
it is, and we know that it cannot save us.
We know, first of all, how we got the law. The
apostle, speaking of this law, says: "Brethren, I speak
after the manner of men : Though it be but a man's cov-
enant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or add-
eth thereto. ow to Abraham and his seed were the prom-
ises made. He saith not. And to seeds, as of many ; but as
of one. And to Thy seed, which is Christ. And this I say,
that the covenant that was confirmed before of God in
Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years
after, cannot disannul, that it ' should make the promise
of none effect." In speaking of these four hundred and
thirty years, the apostle refers to the time that the child-
ren of Israel sojourned in Egypt, and you Avill remember
after they passed over the Eed Sea, God gave them the
written law on two tables of stone. ow this law
given to them on two tables of stone Avas first written in
their own hearts in the morning of creation, and was not
only written on the two tables, but it was written by
God's own finger, and preserved in the Word which shall
stand, though heaven and earth shall pass away. They
knew about this law, how it was received.
They knew how this law was received, and they knew
what it was. AVe know how it came to us, and we know
what it is. We know that the first table demands of us
to love God with all our hearts, with all our souls, with
all our might, with all our strength. We know that God's
law demands of us that we love our neighbor as ourselves.
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Or, to be more minute, in this law we know who the true
and living God is, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost ; we know
that His name should not be taken in vain; we know that
the Sabbath Day should be remembered and kept holy;
we know our duty to our fathers and mothers ; none of us
are ignorant on this point ; we know we have no right to
hate our fellowmen; we have no right to take any one's
life ; we know it is our duty to live pure and upright lives ;
we know we have no right to take what is not our own;
we know it is our duty to tell the truth, the whole truth,
and nothing but the truth ; we know that to covet is a sin,
a great crime before God. And we know another thing;
we know that if we do not try to keep this law that the
curse of it will come doAvn upon our children and chil-
dren's children. For seven long years two men whom I
know by name, were resting under the awful cloud of rob-
bing their own bank, in Lima, Ohio. You have read the
report during the past few days, how these men were
caught who robbed the bank, and that the janitor was the
man that helped in the robbery, for which the safe com-
panies have offered sixteen thousand dollars of reward.
The question has been for seven long years, how could any
man break into a safe with a time lock. ight before last
the man that actually robbed the safe told them how it
was done. He stepped inside the safe and told them to
lock the door; in just eight and one-half minutes after it
was locked he was out. This same man tells us how he
robbed those two Jews, who for seven long years have been
looked upon as thugs and thieves of their OAvn bank, when
they were innocent. Brethren, we are often doing people a
great harm and great wrong by condemning them on cir-
cumstantial evidence; and I believe the time has come
that we never should condemn any one unless the testi-
mony is absolute and without doubt. The reason I men-
tion this — this young man that robbed that bank had a
grandfather who was a Lutheran; that grandfather years
ago left the Lutheran church because something was said
that he didn't like; he never returned again; he reared
three sons, each one of whom again had sons, and each
one has now a son in the penitentiary, except the last, and
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the third will have in a few weeks. He thought he did
something wise when he stepped outside of the church of
God and began to serve the devil; but he had learned
when a young man, I the Lord thy God am a jeal-
ous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon
the children unto the third and fourth generation of them
that hate Me. He knew it, and in spite of the fact that
he knew it, he stepped out and brought the curse down
upon his children and children's children, and so the third
one is going to the Ohio Penitentiary in a few weeks to
come, all because this man did not try to keep God's holy
law.
I say we not only know the origin of this law, how we
got it; we know what it is, and we positively know that it
cannot save any man. "For as many as are of the works
of the law^ are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed
is every one that continueth not in all things which are
written in the book of the law to do them." Again it is
said in our text: "Wherefore then serveth the law? It
was added because of transgressions, till the seed should
come to whom the promise was made ; and it was ordained
by angels in the hand of a mediator. ow a mediator is
not a mediator of one, but God is one. Ts the law then
against the promises of God? God forbid; for if there
had been a law given which could have given life, verily
righteousness should have been by law. But the Scrip-
ture hath concluded all under sin." We see from these
words that the law of God will curse every man on earth,
no difference who he is. The man that is born in sin is
never able to keep a perfect law perfectly, and the law^
of God demands perfection, and is not satisfied with any-
thing less. If you were to keep nine commandments per-
fectly and were to break one, you would break all of them
and sin against God. Kemember then, dear friends, that
we know that by the law not one of us can be saved.
We not only know the truth of the law, but we know
the truth of the Gospel.
We know the Gospel is older than the law. We know
from God's own Word that before the foundation of the
world was laid, we were called in Christ. That is the Gos-
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pel. We know from our text tonight that the promise of
a Savior who was to be a mediator was given to Abraham
before the law was given on Mount Sinai; and we know
that when a man makes a will he makes it for himself, and
when he signs it, no other man can change it; that
will is made. I cannot make your will and you cannot
make mine. When you have made your will no other
man has got a right to alter that will. And just so when
the Lord our God gave the promise to Abraham that
through his seed the nations of the earth should be blessed,
that this seed should be a mediator, there was a promise
given that this mediator should not be simply man nor
simply God, but God and man; for how could one be a
mediator between the Father and mankind, if he were
only man, or if He were only God? We are asked to take
the God-man, the One who as God can take hold of the
Father's hand and say, I am Thy Son, and yet can reach
down and take hold of the hand of humanity and say, I
am the Son of man. The Son of man is come to seek and
to save that which is lost. This promise of the Savior was
given long ago, and we know it.
We not only know how the Gospel originated, but we
know what it cost. This Mediator had to lay down His
life to purchase this Gospel for us. If you want to know
what this Gospel is worth, then look over on Calvary's
hill and see your Savior carrying His cross; see, when the
gross is planted, who it is that hangs there with His hands
and feet pierced, and the crown of thorns upon His head!
See Him hang there for three long hours under the bright
and burning sun, that you may know that this is the Son
of God; and then see the sun go down at noon; see in
the darkness there that all nature proclaims this is really
the Son of God. Hear Him moan and groan all alone bear-
ing the sin of the world. Hear Him cry out after six
hours on that cross, My God! My God, why hast Thou
forsaken Me? Kemember, He had to become your Re-
deemer and mine ; He had to bear our curse upon Himself,
so that He, Himself, felt the curse. Listen to these words
again : "For as many as are of the works of the law are
under the curse : for it is written, Cursed is every one that
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continuetli not in all things Avhich are written in the book
of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by
the law in the sight of God, it is evident, for, The just
shall live by faith; and the law is not of faith, but the
man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath re-
deemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse
for us, for it is written. Cursed is every one that hangeth
on a tree.'' You will never understand those words which
I have just quoted from Jesus Christ, unless you remem-
ber that if you had been hanging there for six long hours,
sinner that you are, you would have cried out. My God!
My God, why hast Thou forsaken me? ow the innocent
Christ, in order to become your Kedeemer and mine, to
pay the price, had to feel our curse upon Him, the curse
of the whole world, and therefore, felt God forsake Him.
And I ask you to look at ffim when He bows His head in
death and says. It is finished. Look at Him as they take
Him down off of the cross and lay Him in a borrowed
grave. What is this? What does it mean? It means
this is the price that the great Mediator paid for the sins
of the world. That is what the Gospel cost, my dear
friends, and we know it.
We not only know the truth of the Gospel as to its
origin and worth, but we know what it offers to us. This
same Gospel comes to you and to me, poor, lost, condemned
sinners, and says, You cannot be saved by the law; you
are cursed; but here is One that has fulfilled the law for
you. It is Christ. He wants to save you. He comes to
you with open hands and a heart full of mercy and says,
I want to forgive you. Dear lost soul, I want to save you.
Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and
I will give you rest. And I, if I be lifted up, will draw all
men unto Me. This Savior cursed, bearing your curses
and mine, cries out : Look unto Me, and be ye saved,
all the ends of the earth, for I am God and there is none
else. Dear friends, that is what the Gospel is : He that
believeth and is baptized shall be saved. You know this,
and I know it.
2. Then let me ask the question, Why do we not
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obey this truth? Why do we not obey the truth of the law
and why do we not obey the truth of the Gospel?
As to the law, why do we not accept the condemna-
tion of the whole world? We talk about the poor heathen,
and we talk about the necessity of preaching the Gospel,
but I am afraid in our general actions we do not believe
what we say, when we positively know from our own ob-
servation and history that a large portion of the world
has never heard of Christ yet ; when we know that a large
number of people in the world are living today in utter
darkness and have never heard the blessings of the Gospel,
how can we be satisfied in doing what we are doing for
missions? ow the law of God condemns every man on
earth. ot a single soul has ever kept the law perfectly.
The poor heathen are under condemnation and we know it.
If we know it, why do we not obey? If you knew there
was a man five miles from here tonight under a great
weight, and your rolling the weight away would save his
life, you would run to save him; but we hear the news
every day of our lives of the millions and millions living
in total darkness, and we sit down in our own beautiful
church and sing songs of praise, and we pray, and when
it comes to sending men to proclaim the Gospel, we are
not doing it. Why will we not obey the truth ? Who hath
bewitched us? Who hath so convinced us it is our duty
to do nothing, when everything tells us of the duty to do
more? Why do we not accept what God's Word so plainly
proclaims, that all are under the curse of the law? "But
the Scripture hath conluded all under sin, that the prom-
ise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that
believe.''
ot only do I ask why we do not accept that condem-
nation of the whole world, but why do we not accept the
Divine law and obey it, as a rule of life? I do not say
you will be saved because you keep the law, because it
isn't true; you cannot keep it perfectly; but I do say
because you are saved you ought to try your best to keep
that law, because it is the law of perfection; and yet it
does seem to me that so many of us are not trying to keep
this law. How many people are there that are still de-
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bating between the true God and the unknown God? How
many people there are that still will curse and swear and
take God's name in vain, even though they call themselvs
Christians? How many people there are that are living
every Sunday as if God were a liar, as if His Word were
not true, as if they never heard at all: Kemember the
Sabbath Day to keep it holy. Oh, who hath bewitched
us? Why will we not obey truth? We all know that we
should treat father well; we know that we should treat
mother well, and yet often young people disobey their
parents. Oh, who hath bewitched you? Don't you know
the truth, and do you not knoAv what God's Word demands
of you? We know that we should love each other, but
how much hatred, how much jealousy, how many mean
things are said of our betters. Oh, who hath bewitclied
us? Why can we not love one another? And oh, how
often we live lives that are not pure in God's sight. Why
do we not obey God's command, and why not try to live
upright lives? How many people there are who still try
to take advantage of the others in business, when they
know we should not steal. Why do we not take God's
commandments and try to keep them? How many people
will tell a lie just to tell a story, or to make it suit any
case, when they know that Gad said. Thou shalt not bear
false witness against thy neighbor. Why will we act like
him who is the father of lies? Why not tell the truth?
And why such coveting? Why such a miserable reputation
for giving? Why are Ave willing to spend anything for
the world and nothing for God, when Ave know better?
There is no question. Why will we not obey the com-
mandments of God and try to walk in His ways?
Again I say, Avhy do we not try to obey the Gospel?
Why do we not accept Jesus and have peace? Those that
are trying to get peace through the laAV never will get it.
These poor Galatians had been rightly taught to have the
liberty of the Gospel, but hardly had Paul left them until
they were going back to the Jewish law trying to comfort
themselves. Do you notice that people who are trying to
find peace in the law, never find it? They are unhappy,
trying to find peace in their own hearts instead of in the
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heart of God; trying to find righteousness in their own
breasts instead of in Jesus Christ ; trying to find it where
it cannot be found, instead of finding it where it can be
found. Why do we not obey the Gospel and accept Jesus?
AVhy do we not accept the peace He wants to give us?
Being justified by faith we have peace with God, and that
is the only way — justified by faith.
Let us not only ask ourselves the question, Why not
obey and accept Jesus and His peace; but why not pro-
claim this saving Gospel to a dying world? i^nd when we
know the law and its condemnation, if we know the con-
demnation of the world, why do we not obey the Gospel
and proclaim it? The great King of kings and Lord of
lords, when He left the world, left this great command :
''Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every
creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved ;
but he that believeth not shall be damned." For nearly
two thousand years that word has been hurling from the
very mouth of God, Go! Go! Go! and Ave have not gone
3^et. When will we go? When will we go? Listen, my
friends, W^hen will we go? God is commanding us, and
we are waiting, waiting, waiting. Think of the thousands
and millions of professed Christians today that could send
the Gospel to the ends of the earth in one year, if they
would only do it, but they will not. When will they go?
Why will you not obey? Oh, who hath bewitched you?
Paul cried out: "Oh, foolish Galatians, who hath be-
witched you that ye should not obey the truth, before whose
eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified
among you." So I cry out tonight : Who hath bewitched
us?
It is very plain who has done it. It is Satan, himself.
What has he done? He has tried to put error into our
hearts; he has tried to make us believe that these things
are not so essential. He led the Galatians from the Gos-
pel of understanding doAvn to the slavery of the law, and
he is trying to lead us back into the slavery of the law,
instead of obeying the Gospel.
ot only has he planted error in our hearts, but he
has also created doubt therein. Oh, the doubt that we
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are finding all the time in our souls. And who is putting
it there? The very one that has bewitched us — Satan.
If he can just get us to doubt the promises, then he has
won the victory.
What more has he done ? ot only put doubt into our
hearts, but procrastination as well. That is one of the
great sins in these days. People know they ought to be
Christians; they know that they ought to be saved and
serve God; they know they ought to do something for
missions, but they are just Avaiting a little while yet, and
they think it is time yet. Many a man is willing to give
his heart to God and he expects to do it before he dies,
but the first thing you know the crape is hanging on the
door; his bod}^ in the grave and his soul in hell, and he
has been too late, that is all, too late ! Who has bewitched
him? Satan has.
Yesterday morning, as I was about to take the train
for Fostoria, I saw a beautiful black dog coming down
the track; a freight train Avas running past him; we saw
the passenger train coming behind ; Ave knew that the dog
was in danger; we called for him to get off of the track ; but
no, there he stood and looked at us; the first thing we
knew the engine hit him; he rolled under the engine; tried
to get up and run past the wheel ; the wheel caught him ;
his head was lying on one side of the wheel, his body on
the other. He was warned, and Avould not get off the
track. And I say this evening, who hath bewitched us?
Thousands of people are coming down the track of life;
they are going faster than they know; the engine of eter-
nity is just behind; the cry comes: Oh, prepare to meet
th}^ God! and they just stand and look; and the first
thing you knoAv they are in eternity. Too late! May
God help us that we may know the truth and obey it.
PRAYER.
Dear Father in heaven, we thank Thee for the blessings of the hour.
We pray Thee that Thou wilt lead us into Thy holy law, there to see
our sins, and may that law become the schoolmaster to bring us to
Christ Jesus. May we find in Jesus our Savior, the innocent One who
has atoned for our sins, and paid the price, because He is God, and
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paid the penalty by His death. Help us in Christ Jesus to come to
Thee, for Thou hast said that He is the way, the truth, and the life, and
no man cometh to the Father but by Him. Therefore we come to Thee
in His name and pray Thee to remember all our prayers of the past;
remember all our prayers tonight, and do Thou grant us to receive the
full liberty of children of God, and trust alone in the righteousness of
Jesus Christ and His mercy. We pray Thee that none of us may be
led astray by him who has bewitched men. Help that we may be free
from error. Take out of our minds all doubt. Remove from before
us all procrastination. May we go forth and do our duty in the right
moment and always serve Thee in this life, and be with Thee forever.
Hear this prayer in Jesus' name, who taught us to pray:
Our Father who art in heaven; Hallowed be Thy name; Thy
kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven; Give
us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we for-
give those who trespass against us ; And lead us not into temptation ;
But deliver us from evil; For Thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
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