Grace. law, legalism, Christian freedom, and living our lives for Jesus. Some great thoughts on these matters from my friend Dan Ledwith. Blessings and enjoy! Also, enjoy the great Music!
Paul wrote the letter to the Galatians upon hearing that they were being heavily influenced by a group of people claiming that salvation was not solely by grace. This group was teaching that being a Christian also meant submitting to the Jewish Law—including circumcision. Paul does not hold back in his critique of these false teachers he refers to in 2:12 as “the circumcision group.” As soon as Paul dispenses with the customary greeting, the first thing he says is, 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 (Galatians 1:6, NIV).
The reason the legalism of the circumcision group was so tempting is the same reason any kind of legalism is tempting—it offered to its adherents a standard for discerning visible proof of one’s salvation.
Paul points out two fatal flaws in the message of the circumcision group. The first flaw was thinking that one’s position before God hinged on what we do, not on what Christ did. The gospel Paul and the Apostles preached was that salvation was by faith in Christ alone. That’s it. Nothing else. It is all of grace. It is a gift to be accepted, not a prize to be awarded. The second fatal flaw was that these false teachers completely misunderstood the purpose of the Law. The purpose of the Law was not to show what to do to get into God’s good graces. The point of the Law was to show that we are unable to get into God’s good graces. Living by the Law dooms you to failure and judgment because our selfish, self-centered, and self-driven nature keep us from wanting to obey it.
There is nothing we need to do to earn or keep our salvation, we are free from that burden of the Law. We are nonetheless, supposed to be living the Law in our freedom….read the rest of the post here: This is where the Christian’s growth and maturity is to be measured.