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And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!”—Galatians 4:6. The children of Isaac are the children of Abraham are the children of Christ! For Gentiles to turn to the Law, as if that added something to their salvation, was to deny that they really had been rescued and set free by Jesus’ death and resurrection. In this sense, the law imprisons and holds us captive (v. 23). 3Are you so foolish? Women are exploited, and lust is indulged. 2, 4). After hundreds of years of living under the law, Israel received a guilty verdict from God. For instance, some believers think they can be more lax on the job if they have a Christian boss, because their employer should not judge them. There he writes of his escape to freedom: ""I felt as one may imagine the unarmed mariner to feel when he is rescued by a friendly man-of-war from the pursuit of a pirate… I felt like one who had escaped a den of hungry lions."". But in chapters 5 and 6, he doesn’t introduce additional new evidence to defend the gospel. The function of the law was to convict transgressors. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. While on the run, he pretended to be a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer. Let that appreciation override your own irritation with that person when you talk to him or her today. Perhaps the ordinary Christian conscience has not been sufficiently exacting on this line of character and duty. You dropped the seed which grew into me." As we can clearly see in these introductory verses of Galatians, the personal context of Paul's letter is important. If the robe of purity is far above rubies, the garment of patience is even beyond that… But, alas, the garment seldom clothes us!”. The first is: Humble-Approach the situation with an attitude of meekness. This isn’t something we manufacture ourselves. Through the gospel, we become a blessing! The Abrahamic covenant (represented by Sarah) brought freedom, while the Mosaic (represented by Hagar) brought slavery (vv. 15–16, 21). ‘To whom we gave no place by subjection’ Gal 2:5. He obtained his message by direct revelation from Jesus Christ (v. 12). Grace is free, but it is not cheap. The coffin lid was bolted shut and at midnight the coffin was lowered into a grave, dug especially for the occasion. When we walk in the Spirit He produces in us the fruit of a holy character. And yet he declared that "the whole law is fulfilled in one word." Sixty years after starting his own business, the 83-year-old Wanamaker was still on the job and making plans for the future. And for Paul, legalism was definitely the wrong direction! Paul’s main point in Galatians 3:23–26 is to explain the Law’s role in salvation history, but the pattern of preaching in the New Testament indicates that God’s law must play a similar role in our individual lives. It was important to Paul and to the other apostles that Paul’s ministry stood in continuity with the ministry of the Jerusalem church. Ishmael is a son of the flesh. If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. He found John a son of thunder, with a strong, fiery temper—and made him the apostle of love, the human embodiment of all the sweet, gentle, tender graces of his own life. Educators have long understood the power of repetition. It is teaching God’s sovereignty in election (Jer 1:4–5). - Galatians 3:24. The freedom to which Paul refers in the opening verses of Galatians 2 is the freedom to belong as a full-fledged member to the family of God exclusively because of the death of Jesus Christ of our behalf. We explored Paul’s image of the child placed under a guardian. They want ""free love"" and freedom from all moral standards. The dietary laws of the Old Testament were a means to consecrate the table, the food, and the participants of the meal. The Christian gospel, quite contrary to the teachings of Hinduism in India, celebrates the joyful announcement of the unity and equality of all people in the name of Jesus Christ. Writing to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul cites the characteristics of a person who is being controlled and empowered by the Spirit of God. What function did it serve? God gave Isaac supernaturally to Sarah and Abraham, and this testifies as evidence that Isaac, not Ishmael, was the chosen and favored son. Often, we add confusing terms and conditions that only confuse the issue. This is unity we should pray for and work towards. Ought not Paul to be more loving toward these unnamed teachers? It is like the coming of the good Ananias into Saul's darkness, with the greeting: "Brother Saul!". Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. ‘Be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.’. Paul is a good model for us to imitate in our relationships and ministries. And this has obvious relational implications. The outcome of the game hangs in the balance. These are ‘those things that are pleasing in his sight’. Implicitly he is pushing them to reflect on the point he has just made in 2:11–21. Titus is mentioned in verse 1 because of a controversial issue which he represented. We are the vanguard of that redemption, the body of Christ on earth. But the Galatians had been zealous in error. What seemed to be a spiritual empire crumbles and proves to be a sham. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing! To underscore how remarkable it is that Christ would die for us, Paul notes that, sometimes, under the right circum- stances, a person might die for a righteous or good person. I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel. Any who embrace such a doctrine must also embrace one of three absurd and blasphemous conclusions: (1) Either Judas is in heaven, which is to deny the Word of God; or (2) Christ failed to redeem the ones for whom he died and failed in his work of redemption as the sinner’s Substitute; or (3) the justice of God his fallen to the ground, for if God punishes both the sinner and the sinner’s Substitute for the same offense he would mock his own justice. "No longer do I call you servants … I have called you friends." A story, then--from history, literature or other sources--can act as a moral teacher. Your own eyes have witnessed miracles. Jesus, the highest authority, had commissioned him. He denied Him, not once, but three times. The Gospel of Jesus Christ always forces an issue of will. The law of God is holy and good (Rom. We are no longer in the realm of the god of this world, but have passed into the realm of the Risen Christ. We should try to understand the depth of their pain. Those moments of despair will tempt us to throw our hands in the air and give up altogether. The false teachers were zealous—but for the wrong purpose. He drinks spiritual milk, is nurtured by the love of His new Heavenly Father, and lives for different purposes and pleasures. The gospel changes lives. 1:1–4). The book of Acts records that persecution of Jesus’ followers came most often at the hand of devout Jews. Those who require circumcision have come to Galatia preaching that only the circumcised are the children of Abraham. In these questions we have the principle for which the Apostle contended, applied to the processional aspect of Christian experience. Freedoms are won by hard-fought battles, and the spiritual freedoms afforded by the gospel of Jesus had to be fiercely protected by Paul. You are all one in Christ Jesus. Many refuse to exercise gifts God has given them to preach, teach, lead the congregation in prayer, or sing, because they do not feel worthy. As we saw yesterday, submitting to the Law would result in Paul’s Gentile converts being pushed away from God rather than being brought nearer to Him. In fact, no one can be justified by observing the law (v. 16). This false teaching had been circulating prior to the present situation in Galatia. Who has bewitched you? They were distanced from God and estranged from relationship with Him. Don’t go back there!”. But the law’s functions aren’t exclusively negative. "Do not be deceived: God is not mocked. - Galatians 3:14. 20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. - Galatians 1:11–12. Rather, they are the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Christ is an atmosphere about us—an atmosphere of love, warm with all tender influences, all healthful inspirations, all holy impulses. The close connection between the Old and New Testaments, and the rich heritage of our Christian faith, stand out clearly when today's texts are placed side by side. We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. Perish the thought! Even a great apostle like Peter was not immune from the disease of hypocrisy (v. 13). Jesus said that those who obey His will are His brothers and sisters (Luke 8:21). (My Utmost for His Highest), ‘I … glory … in the cross’ Galatians 6:14. Limping through the gate came number 36, Akhwari with his leg wrapped in a bloody bandage. The respect he gives them is evident from the very fact that he comes to them for a definitive solution to a knotty problem. The Galatians meticulously observed special days (Gal. - Galatians 5:1, Yigal Amir was born into an Orthodox Jewish family in 1970. Paul had sent him to straighten out things in the church (Titus 1:5). Paul feared that Peter’s decision not to eat with Gentiles threatened the gospel and would fracture the church. When Paul arrived in Galatia, he was greeted very warmly. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. He will show you opportunities and enable you to respond as He would. Then, in our verse, of a revelation of "His Son in me." As Paul explains in today's reading, the law was God's ""development program"" for the Jews, teaching and guiding them. Little-faith, you have often said, "Oh that I had the courage of Great-heart, that I could wield his sword and be as valiant as he! As Paul continues in today's reading to defend his apostleship, his commitment to the gospel is a constant theme. During his recuperation he preached the gospel and many believed. 1 Corinthians 14:8. When we fail in some sudden demand, it is because we have omitted to put on some trait of Christ, which was intended to be the complement of our need. 19-21) is unsettling just to read: fighting, jealousy, immorality, rage … who would want any part of that? They have a definitive choice they must make, and it will determine their spiritual future. For the soldiers to return to their old ways would have been a backward step of hypocrisy. The false teachers didn’t want disapproval, and they feared suffering, so they trimmed from the Christian message what was most offensive: the cross! But Christ paid the price (v. 13), and by His grace we can now live as children of God. But sin is not the only burden we are to bear with our brethren. On November 4, 1996, Amir shot and killed Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin. Gal 2:20. We became “new creation[s]” the moment we trusted Christ. Taking on human form so He could identify with fallen humanity, the Son was born of a woman. When done well, this confrontation is sympathetic and gentle. They named their son ""Isaac,"" meaning ""he laughs."". In obeying it, we follow the example of Christ Himself (John 13). Instead, depend on the power of the Spirit and put your faith in the Son. And others will be drawn to us, or rather, to Christ in us. Today’s passage: Galatians 3:23-29 Helpful thoughts: “We” is referring to the Jewish people. And it is clear through the loving way he has portrayed her image that he still loves her very much. PRAYER - Give us grace to be encouragers of others, never discouragers; always making life easier, never harder, for those who come within our influence. The commands and sacrificial system were limited, not full and perfect, in dealing with sin. This is what God ordained the local church to do. Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, took our sins upon himself and died in our place upon the cursed tree, because of his great love for us: ‘Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us!’ My heart is constrained by the love of Christ to glory in the cross. Who is worthy of such things? Paul obviously had to overcome a great deal when writing his letter to the Galatians. Legalism is natural to man. Galatians 6:1. IN THESE words the Apostle is evidently thinking more especially of the trespasses and sins into which men and women fall. He admits to his concern and worry for them. God isn't done with your life. They are supernatural! Just a few thousand spectators were left in the huge stadium when a police siren at the gate caught their attention. Powered by WordPress and Blog Start. According to one historian, author Washington Irving changed the popular image of St. Nicholas in 1809 by describing him as a stout, jolly man who smoked a long pipe. The legalist hopes to be rewarded for his work. And he fears that somehow, all the time he has spent preaching and teaching in their churches has been wasted because they were on the verge of abandoning the gospel in favor of slavery. The next move in Paul’s argument is a critical one. He was willing to do this because of his love for his spiritual children. Public baptisms were taking place. The old saying goes, “Talk is cheap.” In our passage today, Paul wants us to understand very clearly that both words and actions matter—and empty words have no place in the kingdom of God. In this first chapter he made three references to his experience, which are revealing. Legalism produces such monstrous pride in men that they judge God’s people by the inch-long yardstick of their own supposed ‘holiness’. He publicly called Peter a hypocrite. Paul affirms that God chose to send His Son Jesus into the world at the “set time.” We cannot fully know why Jesus would crash into time when He did. He carried the actual scars of this brutality, and knew actual physical weakness as the result of his devotion. Yet according to a newsletter of the Global Evangelization Movement, ecclesiastical crime is on the rise. Instead, God's free gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ is given to sinners who rebel against Him. At the end of the verse comes a final reminder that the sacrifice of Christ is ultimately responsible for all that Christians are and all the blessings we enjoy. Paul gives us two lists of behaviors. The Lord of glory became incarnate and paid the penalty. The women are free to work, and the men are free to patronize. If you seek acceptance before God in any measure whatsoever upon the basis of the law, you will never be accepted at all. When I travel, I frequently encounter this problem. 11:5-6)--apparently ""forgetting"" their slavery there. Thanksgiving towards God. If your heart aligns with God's, your actions should remain in His will. We've completed our study of Galatians! To these early believers, obeying the Old Testament laws was part of their life and upbringing. Instead of finding Marie angry and distraught, however, she saw her hugging Madison tightly. Paul sums up much of the argument of chapter 3 in these closing verses. God has called them to Himself by the grace of Jesus Christ (cf. When we act as if we have to earn them, we are actually rejecting them because gifts by definition are not earned. And Peter in turn set a bad example and led others astray. The new nature is enabled by the Holy Spirit to overcome the downward pull of the old nature. Paul reminds the Galatians how well they had been running their race initially. They had forsaken the gospel way of salvation by grace alone. Unfortunately, the car didn't sell so well in Spanish-speaking countries. Christ has done all. Whatever the burden is, it should be shared by the church. -- Gal 6:10. 6:19-20), we have all we need in Christ (Eph. Gal 4:26 launches into a statement about the Jerusalem above. He irrationally cut off a soldier's ear. Neither the church nor those who preach the gospel have any authority to bring God’s people under bondage again, by making their own rules, dogmas and covenants for Christian conduct. They weren’t commanded to give up the practice of circumcision or abandon all of their dietary restrictions. Prior to the age of maturity the child must submit to the authorities the father has placed over him. The apostle used his Gentile name in connection with his Gentile work. Jesus demonstrated divine love by His obedience to the Father; we demonstrate love the same way. If Christ died only for a specific people, how can I know that he bore my sin and died for me? The fruit of the Spirit may be outlined as follows. But whether a wooden cross hangs visibly or whether preachers simply proclaim the message of the cross, the death of Jesus Christ on the cross must be central to our faith. 6 ¶ Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Perhaps you are bearing a burden all alone. The Help, a novel by Kathryn Stockett, tells the story of African American maids who worked for wealthy white families in Jackson, Mississippi, in the 1960s. No need to renounce the cross, they insisted. 4:9). If someone were recording our life story as a journey of faith, how would it read? If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. Hypocrisy or inconsistency hurts our witness for Him, which is why Paul had to confront Peter about his behavior. One difference between the sins of our old life and the virtues of the new is that they’re focused on different things. Of course the implication is that if that is true with people, it is even more true with God. Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now perfected in the flesh?—Gal 3.3. But the Christian life is always “other-centered.” Notice the tenderness of Paul’s appeal for us to be kind, patient, and forgiving with one another. One week later, while shopping in the marketplace, he met four Christian workers. - Galatians 1:7, The neighborhood kids decided to organize themselves into a playgroup and little Danny was their leader. - Ephesians 5:5. ""You have been set free from the law's condemnation,"" he tells them, ""so start acting like it!"". The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. As a general rule, the principle of liberty should govern our actions. Hear what I’ve said! It has different desires, goals, and ambitions. 5:24-25). This was a moderately successful American car for many years. After the Jerusalem Council, Paul and Barnabas returned to Antioch. Maybe you’re a new believer, and Jesus called you out of particular patterns of thinking, responding, and behaving. If we are to restore others to full usefulness in the body of Christ, we will help bear their burdens (v. 2). The Mishnah, the written collection of Jewish oral teachings and traditions, teaches that following the law leads a person to life: “Lots of Torah, lots of life.” Paul says that the law can never impart life or spiritual well being. If we all ""got what we deserve,"" we'd be in big trouble! Paul tells us that if we walk in the Spirit we shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Don’t turn away from Christ! Paul was not going to cede any ground to these false teachers. As a university student, Amir became actively involved in right-wing protests against Israel’s signing of the Oslo Accords. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed. Verse 20 makes it abundantly clear that Christianity is not a matter of legalism--of carefully checking off a list of dos and don'ts. Acts 10:9–16, 27–29; 15:1–35). email. There were plenty of traveling philosophers who went from town to town preaching whatever people wanted to hear and often making good money by doing so. Living out the implications of the message that Jesus died and rose again to rescue sinners from this evil age means that those very people who have been rescued are no longer enslaved by the powers of this age. 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