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The story is told of an aspiring artist who was commissioned to do a large sculpture for a famous museum. At last he had the opportunity to create the masterpiece he had long dreamed of. After laboring over the work for many years, he saw it grow not only in shape but in beauty. But when it was finished he discovered to his horror that it was much too large to be taken out a window or door and that the cost for tearing down part of the building in order to remove it was prohibitive. His masterpiece was forever a captive to the room in which it was created.

• That is the fate of all human religion. Nothing a person does to earn God’s favor can leave the room of this earth where self-made works are created.

(MacArthur, J. (1996, c1987). Galatians. Includes indexes. (131). Chicago: Moody Press.)

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