READ GALATIANS 5:1-6
STAND FAST IN FREEDOM
How do we get entangled in bondage again? If we add even the slightest bit of the Old Covenant law to our lives, we become debtors to keep every last bit of the law and will once again be in bondage. Being circumcised meant that you placed yourself under the Jewish law. For the Galatian churches, this was their moment of truth where they had to make a decision. What does this mean for you and I today? As soon as we attempt to trust in our own ability to be righteous, Jesus no longer adds any profit to our lives. Paul says in verse 6 that if we do this, we are completely removed from Christ. If we are trying to get our righteousness through keeping the law: the feasts, the customs, the rituals, Jewish words and terminology, the ten commandments, or our own version of any of these in self-righteous works-based Christianity, then we have fallen from grace. It’s not the sinner who falls from grace. It is the self-righteous legalist who has fallen from grace.
QUESTIONS TO REFLECT ON:
- How do we get entangled in bondage again?
2. What kind of person falls from grace?