This read really needs to go back one CHapter if you ask me. Chapter 3 talks about the purpose of the law? And it is answered, that it was required UNTIL the law was fulfilled by the Promise made to Abraham for ALL people. This read continues to describe that there is no difference to God whether you are a slave or a free, a descendant of Abraham or an adopted (Gentile).
Hagar and Sarah. Both had children with Abraham. The child of Hagar was born under slavery, representative of the Law. Sarah on the other hand, and impossibility for her to get pregnant, was born from a Promise God made with Abraham. It is believing in the promise that gives us freedom.
Now the good stuff. Chapter 5 and 6. Now that we got the circumcision issue out of the way read about your Freedom in Christ and more importantly the Fruit of the Spirit. Don’t just read them, think about them. These are the fruits that have been given to us by the Spirit. They are in you. (whether we feel like it today or not) We have the ability to USE these Spirit given fruit for HIS PURPOSE. Stop: let me rephrase, God has the ability to USE US with the fruit of the Spirit. So as you do the work of the Lord or are advancing the Gospel for the Lord pray that the Spirit be obvious through Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Let others know you are a Christian NOT by “religion” but from the Spirit.
Todays verse for ME from God was : “Let us not become weary in doing good, for the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”. (6:9) I am in a season of feeling worthless when it comes to being his hands and feet. I feel lately that my judgement is heavy and what He is giving me is wasted. I compare my deeds this year to a different season of servitude that I once had a passion for that seems to have slipped and I felt this verse strong today say, “We all have seasons, don’t give up, I will use you again”.
I am taking this Book extremely serious! Listen to me, the reason God wrote this book through Paul was HE knew that people and Churches were going to add and take away from the Gospel. Let anything you have been taught from your parents, the elders, your priest, your pastor, your friends, be filtered through this Book. Last week I had an extremely scary conversation on the phone with someone who truly truly thinks in her heart that she needs to “do something” to see heaven. The worse part about it is, the church taught her it. You can see how all of this started even in the beginning of the church origin.
God said through Paul:”I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!” (Gal 1:6-9) God is so serious about this He repeats it!
The Gospel says nothing about Circumcision, 10 commandments, sacraments, not drinking, baptism, deeds, donation, service, sacrifice, confession…anything we do after accepting the Gospel is an obedience. Is it a big deal to think otherwise? Does it hurt anything to think you must follow the law of your Church, YES, God says it is condemnable. SO pay attention and repent from any false teachings and doctrines you have learned.
For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!
Let me tell you how serious this is. I have 3 kids under the age of 8. Two were Baptized as babies. I was told this act now allowed them to enter Heaven. Think about this, had I never fully understood the Gospel, I was at a huge risk of allowing my children to grow up with that false ideology and they could have never accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior and spent an eternity in Hell. That is how serious I take the book of Galatians.
For those of you who read the Old Testament with me this year, did you underline Chapter 3:24…”The Law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we may be justified by faith. Now that faith has come we are no longer under the supervision of the law.” Everything we read for 9 months was to LEAD us to the Christ. It was all ONE BIG FORESHADOW!
Galatia is the area of Southern Turkey. It was a Roman Province. On a map it will be the Lysrta, Icomium and Derbe area. Paul was extremely successful on his visits to the area of Galatia (he visits it all 3 mission trips) because many would convert to Christianity. However Judaizers, a sect of the Jewish Christians, were not willing to accept that believers did not have to be circumcised.
The “Judaizers” seem to be a group of Jewish Christians in the first century CE who preached to the recently founded churches of the Gentiles the need to conform to the Law of Moses, even after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This group originated in Jerusalem; we know little about them, only that at least some are likely Pharisees (Acts 15:5).
Somewhere in your comments you may have the title “Jewish Proselyte”, meaning converted gentile. The Judaizers made it their job to stamp Christ as a Jew so anyone who believes must follow the Law. I find this fascinating since just this past Thursday I was in a conversation with a friend of mine who is a 7th Day advents. They are so strict to adhering to the Old Testament Law, I get concerned with the notion that they do not understand what the “fulfilment” actually meant.
So Paul writes this letter to Galatia. By the way a letter is called and Epistle. (Just the fancy Greek word for letter) (I feel like Fancy Nancy today)
The book of Galatians shows a believer that we are no longer under the law but saved by Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ.
Galatians 2 says “know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified…. For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
Romans 11:6 “And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”. What does that mean? It means if you ADD to Grace. If in your worship you ADD an act to salvation….baptism, prayer, sacrament, ceremony, fasting ….for Salvation purposes, THEN it is no longer Grace and you truly do not understand the fulfilment on the Cross.
I pray God OPENS all our hearts on this Book.
There is a reason God is going to collapse the Temple…people won’t stop worshiping as if Jesus didn’t free us!! Are you free? Ask God to rebuke you if your taking Christ off the Cross.