Keeping the Law
“Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law” (Galatians 5.3 NIV).
Paul was pleading with the Galatians not to give into man-made legalism that would throw them off the path of walking in righteousness gained by faith in Christ alone. Although, he was writing of “circumcision,” the point is that people were trying to force these men to gain righteousness through fear of human expectation. Many Christians struggle with this form of human righteousness, trying to jump through every single religious hoop expected of them. But there is so much freedom in Christ when we lean daily on the Holy Spirit. Our freedom in Christ causes us to seek Him moment to moment, asking Him to guide us and to show us His best path. This freedom is not to do whatever we want because that will lead to destruction and confusion. The difference between what is holy and what is not is the difference between what is good for us and what is not. God cares for us and calls us out of sin because it hurts us. But God is so patient and loving that He would take each little step with us. And when we fall, He is there to love us into Truth, not shame us. Nothing other than the Pierced Lamb of God gets us into the throne room and into the presence of a holy God. When we know that, we will cling solely to Him, and He will work His holiness into the rest of us little by little, making us into the people we will be for eternity.
“This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile” (Romans 3.22 NIV).
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