“If anyone thinks
That he is something,
When he is nothing,
He deceives himself.”
εἰ γὰρ δοκεῖ τις εἶναί τι μηδὲν ὤν, φρεναπατᾷ ἑαυτόν.
Paul said, “If anyone thinks (εἰ γὰρ δοκεῖ) that he is something (τις εἶναί), when he is nothing (τι μηδὲν ὤν), he deceives himself (φρεναπατᾷ ἑαυτόν).” This word φρεναπατᾷ, that means to deceive the mind or impose upon, is a unique word to Paul, only used here in Galatians. Paul told them to be careful. If anyone thought that he was someone important, when he was nothing, he was only deceiving himself. He was involved with self-deception. They should not be deceived into thinking that they were something more important than they truly were. Do you think that you are someone important?
We experience God in our community in the celebration of the story of Jesus Christ. The coherent story of Jesus overcomes self-deception. Jesus showed us how to be faithful to others and provides a model for constancy. The Jesus narrative story transforms and empowers us. Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the anointed one, the suffering servant. For many the scandal of death by crucifixion was too much. Christ’s resurrection defies scientific verification. This is not just about Jesus of Nazareth, but Jesus, the Lord and Savior. Jesus speaks to our hearts and minds. Jesus lives on with his Holy Spirit in our community when we gather together. There is a personal and social transformation that continually takes place with a deeper and richer understanding of the human person and authentic community. We all have a personal development of our faith. We live our discipleship of Jesus in justice, love and healing as our faith springs into action.