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First things first, we just have to move back to Samuel this week!! :) Read 2 Samuel 1-6 everyday until next Friday and we’ll meet back here to see what everyone has to say about all those truths just waiting to be found!
I really love Galatians. I really do. A book about the Law & Christian liberty. This book makes it all so plain and clear to me. My favourite verse from Galatians is 5:4, “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.” I’ve been in on conversations with people who were legalistic in the area of how to ‘keep the Sabath’. I’ve talked with people who believed that we lose our salvation every time we sin until we confess that sin, and then we can have it back again. Scary. It is these kinds of things that people are attempting to be justified by the Law and not believing the truth about God’s wonderful grace.
Paul takes the time in his letter to explain that we aren’t to hold ourselves to ‘the list’. There is so much more to the Christian life than the do’s & don’ts. 5:18 “But if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law.” When we are saved, that law is not needed. I’m not saying the Law isn’t important, its just that this book says over and over again how that Christ living in us actually produces righteousness and makes us heirs of an awesome promise, the Law can’t do that. The Law is there to show us our need for Christ. (This is the witnessing strategy set in place by God’s Word. Show people their sin through the Law. They will see they cannot please God and see their need to repent.)
Like the book says, if the flesh has been crucified we are now walking in the Spirit with Christ and this will be evidenced by the fruits of the Spirit given in chapter 5. I can examine my own life and see where I stand. If I look more like list one (works of the flesh) given in chapter 5:19, then I know I’m missing out on something big. If I look more like list 2 (the fruit of the Spirit) given in 5:22-23, then I know that Christ is at work in me and He is in control. Am I allowing faith to take control or have I ‘fallen from grace’ and been attempting to live out my own rendition of the gospel?
I have much more written in my little notebook but no time to write more. It was a good week reading and I hope that if you read along you were encouraged as well. :)
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