Thursday, September 27, 2012

Galations 5 Break Down

Galatians 5:4-8---Break Down
Scripture in Bold
My thoughts following....

You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.
You're a Christian and you love Jesus. And yet you're still trying to measure up. Still working so hard in your own strength, "doing" via the law instead of "being" via grace. It's not only impossible but the striving alienates, separates you from Jesus Christ. You have fallen away from the Grace that originally rescued.
But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope.
We are saved by faith and also, by faith, we await the culmination of our salvation: a heart completely made new, a new body, at home with Jesus. It is by faith you await the righteousness you are ever-so-eager to attain. Simply by faith. Not by works. Not by lots of trying. Not by rules and standards. In addition, you are enabled by the Spirit to wait. Not through your own power. Not with grumbling or laziness. But with eager expectation because your hope is sure to come.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
Circumcision is the pinnacle description of a law-abiding, Jewish male. To the Christian today, circumcision may be compared to anything we hold up as the pinnacle of Christ-following: missions trips, serving the poor, church attendance, devotion time, etc. In Jesus, these actions in and of themselves, compelled by a commitment to the "law," no longer contain value. Instead, Paul says those who are in Christ Jesus must be filled with faith and express that faith in a life of love, out of which will naturally flow service to the poor, commitment to the Church, time spent with Jesus, etc. Same actions but done in love, not in "law."
You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?
You commit to following Jesus; you start running the Christian race. And then it happens. The Devil cuts in, the master of sneaky and smart lies. Believe it or not, it's completely possible to be running the race well and then suddenly to realize the lies have crept into your mind. The truth has subtly been replaced with lies and you are no longer running a good race.

That kind of persuasion does not come from the One Who calls you.
Jesus is the true Caller. The lies may say otherwise but His truth will never lead you to return to the law, to be law-following instead of Christ-following. Be persuaded to follow Jesus; cling to His truth, primarily found in and never conflicting with Scripture.

1 comment:

  1. So good. Thanks for the post, Jana. So thankful for God's grace...